Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

The all rounder Sahir Lodhi

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Sahir Lodhi

Sahir Lodhi, eleven years later stepped into the limelight in 2005, is ready to debut on big screen with upcoming movie Raasta.  It is the venture in which he is not just acted but also co-written, co-produced, and co-directed, amid performing other duties on the sets.

The host-turned-actor shared in an interview that “I have always wanted to do a film — it was my passion,” Raasta is his brainchild; therefore, Lodhi has equally taken the seat of its direction, production, and has written the screenplay and dialogues all by himself. He is also playing the lead role in the movie. The cast of the movie includes other eminent stars like Aijazz Aslam, Abeer Rizvi, Naveed Raza in supporting roles with Shamoon Abbasi as the villain.

According to him, the movie characterizes elements that really make it superb from its contemporaries. He added that “You see, a few Pakistani films that I have seen, they look more like TV dramas. I am not criticizing anyone, for an effort has actually been made. I still believe a film should look and feel like a film, complete with the music! Raasta will be a real film.” He further stated that it is the pure Pakistani project. The movie has been filmed at a variety of sites in the country involving Karachi, Lahore and parts of Balochistan.

Lodhi was also shared about the storyline that Raasta is an amazing amalgamation of action and romance. The story revolves around a boy-girl love story but there is much more in it. “It’s the boy’s fight against the atrocities of this system, and willingness to stand against the evils of this society.” Still the releasing date is not confirmed but Lodhi anticipated that it will be out very soon. The film is wrapped up and in the post-production phase.

Lodhi is doing morning talk show, a radio program, and the movie venture at the same time and he told that “I live to work, I always want to work, and I want to die to work,” Lodhi further added that there is a social cause linked with his movie, “This is my time to give back to the people and the society. I believe I was born to work, I am happy doing that.”

On the question for his resemblance to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, he replied that “He [Shah Rukh] comes from India and I belong to Pakistan, and we both have our own identities. I want people to remember me as Sahir Lodhi, once I am gone.” He further added that he has met SRK two times but don’t know why people persist in comparing the two. “I am grateful to my fans for loving my work and really appreciate their gesture. Those who criticize me — I want them to open their hearts and brain a bit.”

 

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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.