Published On: Wed, May 4th, 2016

Actor and musician Junaid Khan


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Junaid Khan, the Pakistani actor, and musician, is struggling between a music career as a solo artist and acting on television. From the dismissal to the reunion of his band, he has got basis as an actor. He was telling about his recent acting ventures and Call’s imminent album.

At the present, he is shooting in his homeland Lahore for Syed Wajahat Hussain’s drama serial Marzi. The cast is included Rabab Hashim, Junaid Khan, Jana Malik, Simi Raheal, Babar Ali, Abdullah Ejaz, and Naija Beyg, and the drama appears as a hopeful chance to Khan. He stated that “I liked that it was being shot in Lahore but more than that I liked the fact that it was a male-centric story because television in Pakistan caters mostly to women. This role is more appealing because generally male characters are more of an accessory to the plot in Pakistani serials,”

Khan will perform the role of a struggling musician in the serial. Meanwhile, Khan feels men don’t get to perform the characters which have much intensity to them. He added, “I would personally like to do comedy or action and perhaps even explore options in Pakistani cinema, as films can have more male-centric storylines.” Though still he has not worked in any film but he has been going over some scripts. “I’ve gotten offers but I’m really conscious about the right script and I’ll do the film only if it suits my style.” His drama Dil-e-Bekarar with a cast of Hareem Farooq, Mansha Pasha, Ahsan Balaj, Qaz Wajid and Marium Effendi is currently on air.

Khan is also busy on the musical side. He has composed the original soundtrack for Marzi and also will be a part of an international collaboration in the year forward. He continued, “I’m always on the lookout for interesting collaborations with vocalists and musicians.”

After the reunion of the band with Xulfi and Sultan Raja, Khan is going to work on an album in August 2015. The trio has disclosed that they will release a few songs pursued by an album, “I was occupied with a few acting projects and Xulfi was busy with Nescafé Basement,” Khan further elaborated that “We have always released a few singles and then an album. We like people to listen to each and every song as a single because some songs get ignored on the album sometimes.”

Fascinatingly, the sound of their approaching album will be much parallel to that of their initial album, Jilawatan. “We will be going back to our roots with rock music and the music we loved in the beginning [of our careers]. We did go slightly commercial in the middle and we loved that too but our core has always been alternative rock.”


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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