Bilal Khan: Acting pushed me out of my comfort zone

Published: August 22, 2012
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The singer makes his acting debut with ‘Tamanna Ki Tamanna’ this Eid.

The singer makes his acting debut with ‘Tamanna Ki Tamanna’ this Eid.

The singer makes his acting debut with ‘Tamanna Ki Tamanna’ this Eid. The singer makes his acting debut with ‘Tamanna Ki Tamanna’ this Eid.
LAHORE: 

Young singer Bilal Khan, who rose to fame with his hit single “Bachana”, is branching out to expand his horizons. After the success of his recent single “Lamha” which was picked up for the film Seedlings, this Eid Khan donned the role of an actor by starring in the Hum TV telefilm Tamanna Ki Tamanna. Khan played a TV show personality, Jazib, who is stalked by a girl named Tamanna.

“It’s a light comedy,” says Khan who has not acted before this stint. “I play a TV show host who is a big star who sings and comes on radio. He is stalked by a fan named Tamanna who can go to any extent to get the star’s love for her. Jazib however, is not interested in her at all. In fact he is repulsed by her,” he says.

Khan says that he had been offered roles to appear in dramas before, but was reluctant to take them. This time around however, he thought it would be good to venture outside his comfort zone. The screenplay was penned by Bushra Ansari and directed by Sirajul Haq. Khan, who stars alongside Sanam Saeed and Mathira, was excited about his new venture.

“Sanam Saeed was very professional and friendly. She’s done this for so long that we all just felt like amateurs in front of her, but I think by the second day of the shoot she noticed I had improved.” Turning to his other co-star, Khan says with a smile, “Mathira is Mathira, what more can I say?”

Further elaborating on his acting experience, Khan explains that he sees acting as another way to challenge himself. “I had to drive a convertible foxy on the streets of Karachi while cameras were stripped to every angle of the car. And the toughest part as a newbie was learning the lines in like five minutes,” says Khan

“The most satisfying experience was when it was all done, and I realised that I had done it.” Unsure about he will pursue acting further, Khan maintains that his current focus remains on his music. 

Back to music

While Khan has achieved commendable praise in a small amount of time as a singer, he has also accumulated his fair share of critics. He chooses to keep himself away from the race for most views or Facebook fans. “It does nothing for you musically and just detracts you from what is real. I just write songs now without keeping any criticism or expectation about views in mind,” says Khan.

“Commercial criticism is obvious after success, as Usher says, it comes with the territory. All the people preceding me like Atif and Ali Zafar have experienced it too, so it was expected,” he adds. He says that his focus has been on his second album Maktoob which is based on the philosophy that one should not worry too much about the future.

“The songs are optimistic and opposite to the worries that exist in society today. The first album addressed the troubles of our times, while this one says that things get better and it’s futile to worry about problems,” says Khan, who intends to produce around eight songs and release the album by the end of the year.

Shedding some light on the recent success of Seedlings, Khan feels that the success of the film reflects the quality of the story, the direction and acting. “Seedlings is a very moving film and “Lamha” went well with it. The song is deep, dark and sad and fits the situation really well,” says Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Riz
    Aug 22, 2012 - 11:11PM

    Its a huge disappointment to read this article when I found no light shed upon the lead character of the film “Tamanna”. For me she was the one who saved Bilal khan and the telefilm, otherwise the film would have been nothing without her. Its a total hypocrisy! Almas Fidai (tamanna) is a very new, young and talented actor in the Pakistani Media industry.
    But anyway, I have no offence against Bilal khan. He is a heartthrob of nation and an amazing singer but he needs to learn acting and I am sure he will very soon. He has all the potentials.
    Congratulations for the success. Almas Fidai owes a big part of it.
    I hope my message get positively across the line and well perceived by the author and editor.

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  • Hiba
    Aug 23, 2012 - 2:24AM

    I second what Riz said^
    So true. I couldn’t agree more.
    Let’s give the character of tammana her fair share of appreciation

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  • Hardliners
    Aug 23, 2012 - 10:19AM

    @Riz:

    Undoubtedly!!! That girl was really really awesome in her acting……… looked so real…! but Bilal was also very good for newbies……….

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  • ALI ADEEL
    Aug 23, 2012 - 5:13PM

    THIZ IZ HaROooON zAmAnnnnn

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  • Morons
    Aug 23, 2012 - 7:43PM

    Bilal..your acting pushed me out of my comfort zone as well !! Please stick to your singing.

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  • Rida
    Aug 23, 2012 - 10:19PM

    I totally agree with Riz. Its really a discouraging attitude towards such good and fresh talent for Pakistan’s drama industry. Almas was undoubtedly the star of this telefilm and lifted this film to another level, otherwise the quality and level of acting regarding Bilal Khan and other actors was just moderate. Hats off to Almas Fidai.

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  • Humna Malik
    Aug 23, 2012 - 10:54PM

    The first few minutes had such crappy acting by Bilal but the rest was amazing , his expressions and all. He surely improved. I guess we have a great actor in making. For all those criticizing make sure you consider it was his debut.
    In short , hats off to you Bilal , hope to see much more of you on television.

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  • Alizeh
    Aug 28, 2012 - 12:42AM

    I thought his acting was okay in Tamanna Ki Tamanna but I liked the play overall it was exactly the kind of show I was looking to watch for Eid, lighthearted, cute comedy with young actors reminded me of Sheer Qorma that I watched on HUM TV a while ago starring Sarwat Gillani and Imran Abbas. I absolutely loathe the typical Pakistani dramas and these short plays are the ones I look forward to esp. the ones produced by HUM TV.
    I say good on you BK you weren’t so bad, plus you looked excessively cute throughout, it was like a cherry on top of Eid day!! haha
    PS The lead actress playing Tamanna has some serious acting chops! loved her acting!

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  • Sep 14, 2012 - 1:43AM

    uhh his expressions were blank and dead most of the time, i must say i don’t like his acting. Tamanna was just good not great!!!!

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