'Our individuality lies in the culture'
Ayub Khoso is an actor of repute who had inspired television viewers emphatically. The Khuzdar born artist has done his graduation from University of Balochistan. His mother is Pakhtoon while his father belongs to a Baloch clan. The artist who varies in appearances and performances from his contemporaries has started his showbiz career from PTV Quetta center in 1984. He first appeared in a Brahvi language drama.
He also performed in Balochi and Pashto plays for a period that stretches on four years. Khoso for the first time went on network in a tele-theater play. Soon, he appeared in another play of tele-theater series. However, performing in drama serial 'Chaoun' established him on national hook-up. The above mentioned serial also proved a turning point for actor Hissam Qazi and artiste Laila Zuberi, the credit of which largely goes to Ayub Khoso. Due to his memorable performance that serial achieved success.
The rough and tough, Ayub Khoso greatly values his manliness that had distinguished him from the crowd and had resulted chain successes. In a chat with 'Mag4you.com', he spoke on different subjects at length. The excerpts are as follows:
How do you value PTV Quetta Center contributions towards drama?
PTV Quetta is the only center that is producing drama, which qualifies the laid down standards of quality drama and popular literature. Our drama is the true reflection of life. We are original. We have a natural edge over the rest. Our geography and culture has founded our individuality. Our locations, traditions, realistic scripts and balanced performances are our tested weapons. The netting of all these gems has always given us a different standing that had added to the PTV honour many folds. Therefore, I value Quetta center contributions greater than any other station.
It is said that this success is mainly due to those producers who were transferred from PTV Karachi?
I absolutely disagree. Quetta based producers are doing eighty percent of production. It might be true, the other way round. Quetta has given recognition to Karachi's producers. All milestones that they could not reach while working at Karachi with all facilities at their disposal were accomplished here. Writers and actors play major role in the success of a drama. Even artists of Karachi or for that matter of any other center attained fame while working from
Quetta. But Hissam Qazi, Jamal Shah, Sakeena Sammon and Ayub Khoso were able to force everyone to acknowledge them. We are different in all respects and the very cutting edge has turned us distinct from the whole lot.
You sound quite harsh in your approach. Do you?
Not really. My style, structure and appearances that has contributed to my showbiz career generously, has also confronted me on the personal front. People take me mistakenly as a stubborn man. Though, I am a bit reserve but very humble and down to earth fellow with all poetic sensibilities. As far as my responses to your questions are concerned, I am of the faith that one must talk straight. I have great respect for all and I have always advocated the cause of joint productions. I am extremely in favour of that all artists should work from all stations in a bid that national harmony might further be strengthened. One of my recent experiences while performing in a Peshawar center's upcoming serial has further affirmed my philosophy.
Can you tell us something about that experience?
Yes why not. It is a big serial with huge cast. It includes Khayyam Sarhadi, Ajab Gul, Asif Khan, Jamil Babar, Javed Babar and a couple of other artists of national fame. Noor-ul-Bashar Naveed has written it and its director is Masood Ahmad Shah. It is a tribal society based story with powerful ideas. I am hopeful that this upcoming serial 'Dastar' would add to the list of PTV classics. I got an opportunity to see faces and places of Frontier and enjoyed my work the most. I am indebted to the NWFP public who had given me respect and love, which indicates that the different characters, which I had performed were liked greatly by the viewers. It also confirms that manly-hood has a charm and is not like a shadow ideal that has been created by the Hollywood, as they allege.
You are emphasising on manly-hood with vigour. Is it a selling pitch?
You seem quite prejudice. I am talking of a philosophy. I am not harping on my own tunes. What is the mark of a man? Certainly manliness. I am totally against this mindset that view a man the opposite way. Precisely, I call it narcissism. This is what the PTV is also promoting. I have always condemned and discouraged this tendency. The pattern if continued, would affect our youth adversely by shifting their ideals.
What are your disadvantages? Would you like to list that?
My very physique and appearances indeed, I must say. I have been dubbed as a 'fit' only for the roles that I had performed. I am more interested in comedy but no director seems willing to take risk. Likewise, I have a great desire to perform folk story heroes' roles but they consider me a misfit for those as well.
What is your best performance as yet?
The character that I had performed in 'Pukar', I value the best. The 'Dasht' was also a serial, which, I count with honour.
How do you see the future of acting in Pakistan?
It's on a decline. Artists are more commercialised now. Most well known artists are going on air simultaneously in three serials these days. This has turned them barren. They are repeating themselves. Only Talat Hussain and Moin Akhtar are two artists who have not become monotonous. The rest are doing injustice with their job and skill. And one cannot do justice when he/she goes after quantity.
What about the future of PTV? Would you like to predict something?
Khoso: PTV now seems a history and I do not think that it might survive in the wake of competition. Though, PTV is the largest viewing channel as yet, but the reasons are that other channels do not reach out to more people. The ideas, openness and the quality productions, which has been offered by new channels is far better than the PTV programmes. PTV has to rearrange the entire scheme of things, if they are really serious to withstand.