Imran Abbas crawls his way to the top

Published: November 3, 2014
Unlike his contemporaries, Imran chose to experiment with his role in Creature 3D, diverging from his lover-boy image in television. PHOTO: FILE

Unlike his contemporaries, Imran chose to experiment with his role in Creature 3D, diverging from his lover-boy image in television. PHOTO: FILE


Amid the growing export of Pakistani artistes to the other side of the border, names such as Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, have taken centre stage. Another actor, whose pivot towards Bollywood went relatively unnoticed, is Imran Abbas. With his debut stint in the feature film Creature 3D, opposite Bipasha Basu, the model-TV actor attempted to thrill the audiences. The critical and box office receptions of the film may be at loggerheads but Abbas is content with the outcome.

Despite receiving mixed to negative reviews from critics, Creature 3D was declared a hit at the box office, earning an estimated INR11.34 crore during its opening weekend, according to Koimoi, an entertainment website. “I am pleased with the success of my debut film Creature 3D, which enjoyed a good run at the box office,” Abbas tells The Express Tribune.

Unlike his contemporaries, Imran chose to experiment with his role, diverging from his lover-boy image, which he had successfully managed to establish in television dramas. “As an actor, my preference is to do intense roles. But I wanted to break away from that lover-boy mould I had developed in television and decided to experiment,” said Abbas, who is known for his performance in the TV serial Malaal (2009).

Abbas shares he had to turn down a few great film offers as he was already signed to Akshay Kumar’s production banner for the film Boss. “I had been offered parts in Guzaarish, Ram-Leela and Aashiqui 2, but declined them as I was already signed to appear in Boss for Akshay Kumar’s production, which, unfortunately, did not materialise,” he shares.

Abbass says he has no qualms about missing out on what turned out to be blockbusters, as unlike any other Pakistani actor, he got to make his Bollywood debut opposite the renowned Bipasha Basu. “Initially, I regretted my decision to decline these films as all of them were successful, but all’s well that ends well,” he comments.

As for his upcoming projects, he says, “My next release in India is going to be the film Jan Nisar. It has been directed by Muzaffar Ali, the director of Umrao Jan.” The Pakistani heartthrob will be sharing screen space with newcomer Pernia Qureshi in the film, which is gearing up for release.

He also reveals that he is in talks with a major Bollywood banner and will soon star next to A-list actors. He points out that there is cut-throat competition in Bollywood, which is why it is important that actors stay at the top of their game. Presently filming for the drama Al Vida, starring Sanam Jung and Sanam Saeed, the actor will soon be leaving for India to do another film.

Abbas, who has already received a host of offers to star in Pakistani films, says that currently, he is focusing on the projects at hand. “I’m being offered Pakistani films.

But I can’t disconnect myself from television as that is where I started out from. For now, I also want to focus on the projects at hand and give my 100 per cent to each film I do,” he comments.

Abbas is a self-proclaimed literature enthusiast and hails from a background of arts and linguistics, with his father and sister being poets. He says that he is keen on pursuing his passion of poetry and writing. “I am in the process of writing a film, which will most probably be released in India. As an ardent admirer of Urdu poetry, I would like to do something to help it survive,” he states. “The diction, vocabulary and lyrics being used in our songs are contributing to a decline in our literature. It is imperative that we preserve our literature, as it is a representation of our society,” he holds.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • suneet
    Nov 4, 2014 - 12:52AM

    (Amid the growing export of Pakistani artistes to the other side of the border, names such as Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar, have taken centre stage)
    Ha, ha, ha.
    Center stage.
    Most Indians do not even know the names of these 3 gentlemen.
    It takes many years of painstaking acting with some really good movies that sink into people’s consciousness for anybody to take center stage. You can say that for the Khans but to say some B-grade actors from Pakistan have taken center stage in Bollywood is to live in a fool’s paradise.


  • Interesting
    Nov 4, 2014 - 9:19PM

    Many of your “A-listers” are worse than B-grade actors — there fame is based on mass appeal, not acting chops. Please, grow up.


  • Prachi
    Nov 4, 2014 - 10:35PM

    I loved Imran Abbas in creature 3D. Which is why i even watched some of his pakistani tv shows and interviews on youtube! He is a very positive, educated, talented person! He sings like a proffessional. I truly wish him all the very best for career ahead :) and many congratulations for the fantastic work he has been doing since some years. Truly an honor to welcome you in bollywood. Can’t wait to watch your upcomig movies! May god bless you even more. Live long :)


  • Pity
    Nov 5, 2014 - 10:47AM

    Bro try searching FawadKhan hashtag on Twitter and you will become aware of how Indian women are going ga ga over him.


  • Mega
    Nov 5, 2014 - 10:57AM

    @Pity: there was hashtag on arnabgoswami too. So does that mean indian women where going gaga over him lol? India is diverse country. With many language, half don’t even understand Hindi or follow bollywood. So please come back to reality, exaggeration all india and stuff won’t work. Come this side of the border and see the reality how much people know him. Not news by their PR team or film promoters.


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