Ahad Raza Mir

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Ahad Raza Mir
Born (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993 (age 28)[1]
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
Occupation
Years active2010–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2020)
Parent(s)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments

Ahad Raza Mir (Urdu: احد رضا میر; born 29 September 1993) is a Pakistani-Canadian actor who appears in Urdu television series. Mir has established a career in Pakistan and is the recipient of a Lux Style Award.[2][3]

The son of actor Asif Raza Mir, before pursuing acting on television, Mir worked as a theater artist in Canada while studying at the University of Calgary. Mir returned to Karachi in 2016 and first earned recognition with the television series Sammi (2017). A leading role in the romantic drama Yaqeen Ka Safar (2017) proved to be a breakthrough for him, earning him critical acclaim and a Lux Style Award for Best Actor.[4] Mir established himself by portraying a fighter pilot in the combat-war film Parwaaz Hay Junoon (2018), a poet in the pre-partition period drama Aangan (2018), an army officer in the coming-of-age Ehd-e-Wafa (2019), and a critically acclaimed performance in the revenge drama Yeh Dil Mera (2019).

In addition to acting, Mir along with Momina Mustehsan, has recorded Ahmed Rushdi's song "Ko Ko Korina" for the musical show Coke Studio in 2018 which raised nationwide hue and cry to the extent that Minister for Human Rights in Pakistan Shireen Mazari had to come out in media to term the remake as "horrendous".[5] Waheed Murad's son Adil Murad also apologized from Pakistani nation for allowing Coke Studio a remake of the song.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Early life, career beginnings and stage roles (1993–2016)[edit]

Ahad Raza Mir was born on 29 September 1993 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. He is the son of Asif Raza Mir, a veteran actor and producer of the Pakistani film and television industry. Mir's paternal grandfather, Raza Mir, was a filmmaker who also served as cinematographer for the first ever Pakistani film, Teri Yaad (1948).[7][8] He has a younger brother, Adnan Raza Mir.[9][10] Mir attended a Performing Arts High School, and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[11][12]

Mir started his career in 2010 at age 17, playing a brief role as the son of Sania Saeed and Faisal Rehman in the Hum TV's romantic drama Khamosiyan.[13] In Canada, he began his bachelor's degree in BBA but later changed his major to BFA to pursue his career in acting, he explained, "for as long as I can remember, acting is the only career that I've wanted to pursue in my life, although I was enjoying BBA but I realized half way through that I wasn't internally happy. I discerned that when you have a plan A, there's no point of having a plan B. There should be one plan and it should be your only goal, that's when I decided to make the switch and changed from BBA to BFA in the University of Calgary."[14] Mir started his career on stage, performing, directing and writing in several musicals and plays across Canada. Mir wanted to move to Toronto, but instead decided to go back to Pakistan to work in films and television,[15] "It was one fine morning when I got this wild idea of moving to Pakistan as I had not been back for over a decade. Ever since that decision, I've been quite lucky and very grateful to be accepted as an actor."[14]

Yaqeen Ka Safar and rise to prominence (2017–present)[edit]

In 2017, he started auditioning for Hum TV's production house MD Productions and was cast as a leading role in Yaqeen Ka Safar and a supporting role in the social drama Sammi opposite Mawra Hocane, the latter went into production early but he gained a wider recognition and fame with the former where he played a grief-stricken brother as Dr. Asfand Yaar, alongside Sajal Aly and Hira Mani.[16][17][18] His performance earned him Lux Style Award for Best Actor, and won three Hum Awards including the Hum Award for Best Actor.[19] He attributes his success to producer and filmmaker Momina Duraid, Mir said in an interview, "Momina Duraid has followed my career closely for the longest time. I was in Canada when she called me to offer the part. The goal has been to do a film since I was very young, and so I knew that I had to pack my bags and come to Pakistan right away."[20]

Coming from an influential filmmaking family, Ahad was accused of nepotism to which his father said it is very "natural of people to make that comment" and acknowledged that "to some extent it was easier because there was a reference" but has also said "regardless of his family name, and he’s been able to overcome this, proving his mettle on his own."[21] Responding to such claims Mir said, "People kept telling me I was a star-kid, but I spent most of my time not knowing that. I was oblivious. I wanted people to take me, as an actor, very seriously. I'm not a social media celebrity, I'm not here to become famous; I'm here to give Pakistan some good cinema and TV."[21] Talking about the difference in Canadian and Pakistani film exposure he said, "my vital years were spent in Canada and after moving here I feel I am very lucky that I got so much. But the adjustments I had to make were about life, like getting used to the weather, the way people worked and their punctuality here."[22] He further said, "Here in Pakistan, you need to have connections, your looks matter, how many followers you have etc. Talent, I feel, comes right at the end and sadly I feel Pakistan has more celebrities and less actors."[23]

Mir made his Coke Studio (2018) debut as a featured artist in its eleventh-season, where he performed the song "Ko Ko Korina" with Momina Mustehsan. The director and producer of the series Zohaib Kazi said, "we saw something akin to it on Instagram. Not exactly like it but we saw Ahad Raza Mir singing a little and playing the guitar on Instagram. When we saw that, we thought he had something. To be able to play right while singing is an art in itself. We decided we should talk to him."[24] Their rendition of the classic song was widely criticized. Within a few days of the video being released on YouTube, it became the most-disliked video in the music show's history.[25][26] That same year, Mir made his film debut with Haseeb Hassan's military-drama Parwaaz Hay Junoon, co-starring Hamza Ali Abbasi and Hania Amir, which was released on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.[27] Mir replaced Osman Khalid Butt in a role of Flight Lieutenant Saad, who opted out due to his other commitments.[28][29]

Mir reunited with Sajal Aly and Mawra Hocane in Hum TV's Mohammed Ehteshamuddin-directed period drama Aangan (2018-2019), where he played a poet, Jameel.[30] About the character, Mir said, "Jameel is the most confusing character I have ever played. He is a poet, he is a politician, he’s somebody who is on a journey of what love means, what family bonds mean, somebody who is actually quite relatable to everyone out there."[31]

The Shakespeare Company in a joint production with Vertigo Theatre in Canada had signed Mir to play Hamlet in their 2019 production.[32][33][34][35] He is the first South Asian actor to play the role professionally in Canada.[36] For his performance he won the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama.[37][3] He has turned executive producer for the upcoming movie Kalasha, revolving around the culture of the Kalash people of the Chitral Valley.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Mir got engaged to actress Sajal Aly on 6 June 2019 and married her in Abu Dhabi on 14 March 2020.[39][40]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Parwaaz Hai Junoon Saad Haseeb Hassan
2021 Kalasha Producer Farukh Turk Filming[38]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2010 Khamoshiyan Wasif Babar Javed
2017 Sammi Salaar Saife Hassan
2017 Yaqeen Ka Safar Dr. Asfandyar (Asfi) Shahzad Kashmiri Lux Style Award for Best Television Actor
2018 Aangan Jameel Mohammed Ehteshamuddin
2019 Ehd-e-Wafa Saad Saife Hassan
2019 Yeh Dil Mera Amaanullah Aehsun Talish
2022 Hum Tum Adam Sultan Danish Nawaz (Ramadan special)

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2021 Dhoop Ki Deewar Vishal Malhotra Haseeb Hassan Web series released on ZEE5[41]
2022 Resident Evil Arjun Batra Bronwen Hughes In production; Netflix debut[42]

Music video[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Coke Studio Featured Artist

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Role Theater Notes
2014 West Side Story Tony U of C Operetta Company
A Picture with a Bull Ruben Common Ground Festival
The Tempest Caliban Theatre Calgary
Romeo and Juliet Tybalt The Shakespeare Company
Naughty But Nice Victor Forte Musical Theatre Guild Calgary Theatre Critics' Awards for Best Actor in a Musical
2015 Macbeth Lennox The Shakespeare Company
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Musa Search Tower Company
2019 Hamlet Hamlet The Shakespeare Company Betty Mitchell Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actor

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Awards Category Result Ref(s)
2016 Naughty But Nice Calgary Theatre Critics' Awards Best Actor in a Musical Won
[43]
2018 Yaqeen Ka Safar Lux Style Awards Best Television Actor Won
[44]
Hum Awards Best Actor Popular Won
[45]
Onscreen Couple Popular Won
Best Television Sensation male Won
2019 Hamlet Betty Mitchell Award Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Won
[37]
2020 Aangan Pakistan International Screen Awards Best Television Actor Nominated
[46]
2021 Yeh Dil Mera Lux Style Awards Best Television Actor - Viewers Nominated [47]
Best Television Actor - Critics Nominated
Ehd-e-Wafa Nominated
Best Television Actor - Viewers Nominated

References[edit]

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  41. ^ "Sajal Aly and Ahad Raza Mir to Star In An Upcoming Romantic Drama". September 2020.
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