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Noman Masood

Noman Masood! The name conjures up an image of a strongly-built but gentle-looking young guy, with a soft voice to match; the guy you have mostly associated with soft, silent roles on TV. But, Noman the actor is not one-dimensional: he can be many men. And, the recently concluded Inkar goes to show just that. Noman proves his versatility by playing a negative character, and for once the actor truly shines.

No wonder, Noman is on a new high, what with all the praise he’s being larded with, post-Inkar. It’s like people are finally waking up to the actor in him.

Noman has been around for the last about 8 years, and has had the chance to work in about a dozen TV serials. He has to thank his lucky stars, for most of his plays have met with success, be it an Aahan or Bandhan or a Pehli Barish. But, the shy guy has somehow always shied away from the fourth estate, with the result that you couldn’t get to see him staring out of magazine interviews like everyday. He was right in a way; he didn’t need to say anything, his successes spoke for him.

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Noman made his acting debut in 1993 with Shakir Uzair’s Shahbaz. The clean-shaven youth went rather unnotices in the play, but this didn’t deter him at all. There was a gap of about three years before Noman came back in Wasi Shah’s Aahan, this time with a bang. And then, as they say, there was no looking back for him. Bandhan followed, and so did a lot or praise.

Bandhan’s Afaq is still fresh in the viewers’ mind and the reason is simple that he is natural and acts without any aid of fake thing. Then came another successful serial in his belt that proved his acting capabilities to the fullest and that was Neend along with Maria Wasti.

Though after that he did a hosts of serials like Tawan, Khawab Azab, Mohabbatein and Muskarahat but what he did in Inkar was simply amazing.

Coming in a negative role at a time when you can be written off from tube for just a mistake, he had managed himself and the character he played became one of his successful roles. Recognizing the actor in him, one of the most senior directors put in a few words for him.

 “He does those characters, few heroes could do”. After the success story of Inkar, he is seen these days in a host of serials like Wardi, 23 Din, Dil Lagi besides working on his own production.

So, how did you come up with the idea of portraying a negative role after years of coming as a hero? “We have stereotype concepts about things. A hero must be good looking and villan must be the ugliest person on earth. It was the first time, the director tried some thing different in Inkar and the results were simply amazing. Now that the idea has caught on.”

While take about his most awaited serial Wardi, he says, ‘For 22 days, I had to live in jail to get the feel of the character”.

Quite confident about his abilities, he gives his best and leaves the rest to the public to decide. While asking about his expectations, the guy was of the view, “I never expect anything, if I do good work, today, then I will be working in future As such there are no short cuts.” What does the guy have to say about the declining standards of drama, “Looked from the entertainment standards, today, a drama scores high but lacks content wise.”

The guy is completely indifferent with the showbiz lot, for him there is no competition. How come? “Kashif Mehmood or Faisal Qureshi are actors in their own right. While I draw inspiration from the likes of Humayun Saeed, Noman Ejaz and Faisal Rehman”.

“The worst thing about having an acting career, is ones loss of privacy while one can enjoy shopping discounts without even asking for them.”

He is fortunate enough to have worked with the most senior artists. When asked about his experience of working with different directors, Noman answers, “Almost all the directors I have worked with are experienced and I had a very good time working with them which gives me much satisfaction by the end of day”.

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