Having started his career with Pakistani theatre, Mohib Mirza made his debut on television in 1999 with Zebunnisa, a drama about domestic violence. The rest, as they say, is history. This 35-year-old actor, host and model has gone on to make his mark with the many characters he has played in Pakistani drama serials and films, having also worked in dozens of music videos and commercials. In 2009, Mohib won the Best Supporting Actor award at the International Filmmaker Film Festival held in England, for his performance in Insha Allah.
As FUCHSIA would find out during the course of this conversation, the very suave Mohib has a personality to match his celebrity status, which was apparent in his cheerful chatting and his indulgence of us and our many giggles. Mohib spoke to us mostly in khaalis Urdu, which we have attempted to translate.
FUCHSIA: Your acting caliber matches a long list of accomplishments from 1999 to date. How has this journey been for you so far?
FUCHSIA: You won an award on an international platform, for Insha Allah. Were you catapulted to success as a result?
FUCHSIA: Which of your performances is your favourite?
Mohib explained that actors can sometimes find it difficult to disengage after a particular act, and he remembers how his portrayal in Patriyaan affected him significantly.
When asked about his competition, Mohib is confident in his claim that he can perform better than other actors in any area, except romance.
Oh, and he was quick to add that Noman Ijaz is an exception to this claim.
In June 2014, Indian TV channel Zee Entertainment launched Zee Zindagi, which airs Pakistani dramas. In Bollywood-obsessed India, these Pakistani dramas are receiving an overwhelming welcome.
Mohib’s interesting analysis of the Zee Zindagi phenomenon in India left us comparing his confidence and self-assuredness which borders on an almost forgivable arrogance, to Ranvir Singh. Mohib responded by stating that Ranvir is his own man.
Now, wouldn’t that be a blast – Ranvir and Mohib together in a Karan Johar film
FUCHSIA: Does Fawad Khan’s success and fan following ever make you think, “That could have been me”?
FUCHSIA: Does Mohib Mirza have a to-do list that he is ticking off one item at a time? What remains?
This multi-talented artist also recently produced Silent Cinema, a pictorial book featuring a series of photographs that he feels portrays the talent and scope that Pakistani cinema holds. Ironically, he states it is a book that also portrays his frustrations in the period when he could not find good work.
FUCHSIA: Does your wife, Aamina Sheikh, make for a better director than you? Will we see you both in a drama soon?
Mohib Mirza in 2 minutes FLAT:
Aamina as Wife or Best Friend
Film or Drama?
Biryani or Haleem?
Orange or Pink?
Film or Drama?
Favorite Holiday Destination?
Favourite On-Screen Couple?
Acting or Modeling?
Dancing or Singing?
Yoga or Weights?
Married or Single?
What struck FUCHSIA most about Mohib Mirza was how much of a ‘thinker’ he is; an untamed, free spirit who has depth of character and thought. Of course, as you have seen for yourself in this interview, his self-assuredness needs no further mention. And finally his talent and ability to mould himself into characters each mukhtalif from the other, is undeniable. That Asian James Bond and Sherlock Homes dream might not be out-of-reach after all!
Mohib Mirza has promised FUCHSIA an exclusive podcast. Send in your suggestions on what you would like him to do for us! (Psst. We suggested comedy.)