In a world that is completely engulfed with uncertainty; where we see a constant storm of criticism, chaos, and an unbalanced rush of emotions, it is always a welcoming sight to see someone working hard to get the funny bone tickled- to bring in some chuckles which suggest to take it easy. Now more than ever, it can be considered more of a necessity rather than a luxury. YouTubers and Digital creators like Rahim Pardesi are creating, unique, entertaining and did we add ‘funny’ content which can be so welcoming. Speaking to Social Diary, the talented actor who is the brains behind the iconic character ‘Nasreen’ shared more on his journey, how social media functions, and what lies next. Read On:
SD: Share with us a little about your childhood?
Rahim: I was born in Scotland and during my school years my family moved to Pakistan so my childhood is a mixture of both Scottish and Pakistani influences.
SD: As a child what were you aspiring to become?
Rahim: As a child, I was very much into sports; I still am. When I was a kid I definitely thought I would become a famous sportsman.
SD: When did your interest arise in the world of social media and YouTube? Any interesting incidents that took place?
Rahim: Well I used to make various short videos as a hobby that would touch upon various genres. From comedy to dance to even mini storytelling videos, I created a lot. There was always just something I would show to my family and friends. With the passage of time and the continuous encouragement from them, I started posting these videos online and it just developed on a professional level from thereon.
SD: As a YouTuber, what were the major setbacks you faced?
Rahim: I actually attempted creating content on YouTube many years ago and it just didn’t work out at that time. Probably because YouTube wasn’t so big then. However, naturally, and over the course of time I was a bit put off so I didn’t attempt it again for a while but it paid off as this time, my attempt was a success.
SD: Did you feel at any point you just want to leave this field because of the disappointment and criticism?
Rahim: I have never particularly let the criticism get to me. It is a part of my steady growth and evolving journey. Sometimes the negative comments can give you room for improvement; it’s about taking it on the chin and growing from it and not letting it get you down.
SD: How do the concept and story ideas for your videos come to you?
Rahim: I generally do a lot of research. Sometimes it is a topic of interest and I will look into multiple resources to develop my ideas. Sometimes I just like to zone out completely and just fully brainstorm ideas.
SD: As a famed YouTuber, what do you learn with every new video that you upload?
Rahim: There is always something new to learn. There is no one video or topic that will please everybody. I’ve learned to take criticism constructively.
SD: Your comedy skits are always popular. Is it hard to make people laugh or does it come naturally?
Rahim: I enjoy doing comedy as it is fun and light-hearted. A lot of the time the comedy comes from an experience I have had or witnessed which is why I think it does so well as people relate to some of the scenarios.
SD: Will you ever consider venturing into dramas and films anytime soon?
Rahim: I have just had my TV drama debut with ‘Heer Da Hero’. it was a very enjoyable experience and I look forward to more exciting roles, be it for television or films.
SD: Do you think the online world is becoming more toxic with every passing day?
Rahim: I think the online world now is so big it has become quite competitive. I think for young people nowadays social media has brought forth unrealistic expectations that they are seeing as “normal” because of how it is being portrayed for e.g. weekly shopping sprees or monthly holidays abroad etc. That isn’t how most of the people out there live or should be pushed into thinking so.
What is your absolute superpower?
Your favorite digital personality
The one thing that is a mood killer?
Three things you have with you all the time?
Phone, phone charger, and body spray
Which season is the best style statement?
Morning Person or Late Nights Enthusiast
Late-night enthusiast for sure
Eating Out or Dining In?
Dining in. I love home-cooked food
Not following my dreams sooner
Most Prized Possession
Someone, you wish to meet?
My late grandad
Top 3 things on your bucket list
Travel the world
Memorize the Quran
Become the best father I can be
The best thing about your work
Putting a smile on people’s faces
The worst thing about your work
Long working hours
A collaboration you enjoyed?
With Aunty Simi Raheem
What people don’t know about you?
I’m an introvert
Your dream destination
Mecca & Madina