How often do you come across an actor who has affirmed his position as a global artist? Alyy Khan is a force to reckon with. A face that defines a plethora of expressions with acting chops that are not aimed at winning the rat race in box office numbers. No. That isn’t Alyy’s style. Here is a performer who wishes to explore terrains of thought-provoking roles which transcend borders. The British Pakistani actor’s eclectic career has touched on not just the Pakistani entertainment industry, but those who are not familiar with his work in this country can easily recognize him for the plethora of characters he has taken on for international projects. You can’t help but become awe-struck as he holds his ground while sharing screen space with big, mighty names of the global film industry. Social Diary had the pleasure of speaking to this dynamic personality as we learned more about his passion for his craft, how his choice of roles isn’t defined by any medium or prejudice, and whether direction or production is in the near future. Read On:
SD: You’re one of those actors who commit to their art- wherever it may source from. Having taken on Hollywood, and Bollywood besides your well-established stature in Pakistan’s entertainment industry- Is it safe to say that you are indeed a global artist, not defined by physical boundaries?
Alyy: I’m one of the privileged few, to luckily work across borders due to my foreign nationality..a chance many in my profession would absolutely love so yes, truly blessed.
SD: Looking back at your impressive line of work, how do you feel your style of expression has progressed through the years?
SD: When you look at the way Pakistan’s drama industry has evolved- are you content with the stance of story-telling or more needs to be done right now?
Alyy: Pakistani drama is world-renowned and the content churned out within the obvious financial constraints is remarkable. It’s an evolving process catering to the commercial tastes of audiences as well as tackling pertinent social issues but there’s always room for improvement and exploring new themes.
SD: With so many projects in your kitty already, what is the major deciding factor for you when choosing a project right now?
Alyy: As an actor, I personally can add value to the narrative.
SD: Theatre, films, or dramas-which among the trio do you feel is a podium excelling in storytelling and why?
Alyy: I would like to say theatre but sadly, in our part of the world definitely film! The ‘bada parda’ hang up, fewer scenes compared to television, and the extra passion that film is for posterity where fans pay money, switch off phones and commit to watching in a darkened cinema.
SD: A co-star whose professionalism had you in complete awe which you can back up with an incident?
Alyy: Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy amongst others. Recently had the pleasure of working on an Apple TV + show called Shantaram with him. Genuinely awed at his professionalism & calm demeanour even though he had the workload of a beast.
SD: Your views on how Pakistan’s entertainment industry needs to bring its game up to speed to be able to gain a chunk of the state-of-the-art entertainment hub?
Alyy: By investing in its people. Training, exposure, better working conditions, unionization..the list is endless but above all respect and punctuality.
SD: With so much happening in your life, how do you manage to take time out to unwind and relax with the family?
Alyy: My newfound passion for gardening, cooking, hanging at the beach, and walking the dogs. Occasional karaoke too.
SD: Your perfection as an actor is well-attained. Would you ever consider venturing into the field of production or direction in the future?
Alyy: Near future Insha’Allah. The storyteller within needs to vent and be expressed.
SD: How would you wish for your legacy to be remembered?
Alyy: Not just as the actor from Don 2!