I'm putting on weight to play Nanha in 'Alif Noon': Faisal Qureshi

Upcoming film will release in 2019


Our Correspondent November 06, 2018
PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/FAISAL QURESHI

KARACHI: Alif Noon is coming back as a feature film with Shehzad Roy and Faisal Qureshi as the leads. While many are excited about the upcoming venture, the actors understand that it will be hard to fill in the shoes of Kamal Ahmed Rizvi and Rafi Khawar, who played Allan and Nanha, respectively.

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Speaking to The Express Tribune, Roy confirmed, “Alif Noon is now being converted into a feature film and will be released in 2019.” The Mukhra crooner will be essaying Rizvi’s character, Allan. On the other hand, Qureshi will be playing Nanha and also helming project. He will be writing the film as well.

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/SHEHZAD ROY PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/SHEHZAD ROY

Making his film debut with Alif Noon, Roy added that it will be a huge challenge for him. He explained, “Somewhere, music videos taught us a little bit about acting. In a song we have only three or four minutes, but in a film, you get around two hours to say what you want. Through films, we can touch lot of issues which we can’t in songs or music videos.”

Discussing the film version, Qureshi stated, “The film will be a revival of a classic comedy and its famous characters but with a modern twist. The characters will not exactly be what people have seen in the original show but instead, be a new version of them belonging to today’s era. We’re looking at things with a different angle so that even people who didn’t watch the original can enjoy the film.”

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He added that it will be modern take with some nostalgic feel attached to it. Addressing on why he decided to do the film, the Teefa in Trouble actor replied that it was the “idea that chose him”.

On portraying the role with the same amount of dedication as the original, Qureshi mentioned, “Like Allan would say, ‘You have to wait for decades in this country to see justice’. Similarly, it’s only a matter of a few months to see if I do complete justice to the show and Nanha.”

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On a lighter note, the Kollege Jeans star also revealed that he will also be putting on weight to essay Nanha, but his final look will be a surprise for viewers.

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