I don't like to do just lead roles. I also love to perform roles in which I get a chance to display my acting skills
The handsomest guy of Pakistan Television with extraordinary acting skills… whose name comes to your mind? You are absolutely right! I am talking about none other than the talented artist cum fashion designer Aijazz Aslam!
Endowed with great talent, Aijazz, who first appeared on television in a razor advertisement and debuted as an actor in the TV serial Kashkol as Roshu (Roshan), is currently working in the drama serial Koi To Ho as well as a comedy show Main Aur Tum. According to viewers' voting, Main Aur Tum is among one of the most popular shows on television. Aijazz, who gave such a brilliant performance in his first TV play Kashkol that people began to identify him with his character Roshu instead of his real name, wants to be a versatile artiste and prefers roles where he gets a wide scope for acting.
The smashing Aijazz is not only a talented actor but also an excellent fashion designer. He has brought fresh ideas with creative new styles in the world of fashion. This innovative star's business strategy is to keep on introducing new ideas in Pakistan and to always try and remain a step ahead of others.
Excerpts from the interview
Tell us about your childhood. Were you a good student?
I was a bright student during my school days. I used to get good grades, but I was a little different from other kids and what distinguished me from them was my interest in showbiz. I have loved this field since as long as I can remember, but didn't ever think of adopting it as a profession.
How did you enter modelling?
I was offered a razor commercial. I did it and people liked it a lot. So then, I did various fashion shows. I worked with Imran Kureishi and Frieha Altaf. Later on Arshad Tareen gave me a chance to work as a model for his magazine Men's Club. I accepted his offer and got a fabulous response in return. I then decided to seriously adopt modelling as my profession.
Your first drama serial Kashkol vaulted you to super stardom. How did you feel?
I felt simply great. When Kashkol was offered to me, I was not interested in acting. But when I read the script and understood my character Roshu, I could not deny the proposal. I am grateful to renowned writer, Hameed Kashmiri, and the top of the line director, Nusrat Shaheen, who portrayed such a wonderful role for me which changed my life.
You are a professional fashion designer? Tell us about your fashion designing experience.
I have learnt the basics of fashion designing from the London School of Fashion. I embarked upon the fashion design business in a very humble manner and with meagre resources. I started this business with only one machine. Today, numerous workers earn a respectable livelihood in my stitching units. I design everything from A to Z. My speciality is men's wear. I have three boutiques in Karachi and one in Lahore. My designed items are widely used by artistes, who work in Pakistani television drama serials and in other related entertainment industries. My manufactured items, like boxer shorts, are very popular. I have tried to achieve excellence in sherwanis, too.
Do you have any plans to enhance your business?
Definitely. I have planned to launch a shoe company. I will try to introduce new concepts in footwear fashion and Insha Allah, I will be able to cater to the needs of my clients.
Your favourite co-star?
Talat Hussain is my all-time favourite co-star. His attitude is very nice towards his co-artists and he never lets his juniors feel uncomfortable in front of him, instead, he is always ready to co-operate with his colleagues. I have had the honour to work with him in my first play Kashkol. Ever since then, I have learnt a lot from him.
How has your life been with your family?
My family has been very supportive. It is only because of my family's love and encouragement that I have been able to manage both my acting career and fashion designing business simultaneously. I enjoy a great time with my family.
Your dream role, which you would like to portray?
I would like to play the role of a blind man. I am also eagerly waiting for my serial Kismat to be telecasted in which I have portrayed the role of a ‘psychic.’ This role is quite different from the other characters I have performed. I don't like to do just lead roles. I also love to perform roles in which I get a chance to display my acting skills.
How do you prepare yourself to act in different plays?
It is important for an artiste to prepare himself or herself to play a particular role. All great actors are used to this practice. Following the footprints of my seniors, I also do a lot of homework for my roles. After fully understanding the requirements of my character, I research whatever I can to help me portray my character naturally. I pay attention to the getup, the hairstyle, my accent, my expressions, my walk — everything. I explore a lot and work hard for my roles. That's why I look different in every play.
Any message you would like to convey to your friends.
I love all my fans. I think my greatest achievement is the love people have for me. Without my fans' love and appreciation I would not have been able to achieve this name and fame. I would like to advise all my fans who are interested in modelling or acting that they should adopt this profession only if they are passionate enough because it is not an easy job. To be successful in showbiz, one is required to go through a lot of struggle. Whatever you do, don't take it for granted, do it seriously and with complete devotion. If you don't enjoy what you do, quit and do something in which you'll enjoy being successful in your life.