Pop-rock band Jal’s front man Goher Mumtaz is set to start with his second drama serial, Cookie in a leading role opposite Saba Qamar, who is a household name in the Pakistani drama industry. The singer-turned-actor is currently seen in Hum TV’s drama serial Tanhai opposite actors Ayesha Omar and Sohai Ali Abro.
His upcoming serial, Cookie, will be directed by Fahim Burney, who launched him in Tanhai. The serial will be shot in Karachi and Turkey. “We are done with the first spell, which included a 7-day shoot in Karachi. We will continue shooting after Eid, as Ramazan is almost here,” he said.
Mumtaz, who is not a trained actor, finds the roles given to him as “challenging” and says that they require a lot of homework. However, he is confident about himself and considers himself lucky for having back-to-back leading roles in the start of his acting career. “I learn something every day, whether it’s [related to] music or acting. Lots of actors in this industry have not made it this big. I think I got lucky.”
The singer-turned-actor also gives himself some credit for the success he has achieved so far. “I was offered four to five plays while I was shooting for Tanhai, but I refused. I am glad that I had that patience in me to wait and make the right choices in terms for my acting career.”
Co-written by Umera Ahmed, Cookie, which is a romantic play, will air in October. Sidrah moiz Khan
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2013.
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