We start the interview by asking whether he has ever attributed his popularity to his looks, and not his acting skills. He smiles; he definitely did not expect this question. We wait eagerly for Mikaal Zulfiqar’s response, and are pleasantly surprised by his honesty. Mikaal has enthralled his audiences with a variety of roles throughout his career. From a negative role in Shehr-e-Zaat, to a guilty husband in Durr-e-Shahwar; from a doting husband in Mohabat Subh ka Sitara Hai to a rebellious son in Diyar-e-Dil, he has stolen the hearts of audiences from day one. His ticket to fame, however, was the hugely popular music video of Abrar-ul-Haq’s Saanu Tere Naal. There was simply no turning back after that. Join us as we talk to him about Indian movies and his role in Diyar-e-Dil.
FUCHSIA: Do you feel any pressure to prove your popularity is because of your acting, and not just your good looks?
FUCHSIA: Your role of an older man in Diyar-e-Dil; is it the right move at the peak of your career?
FUCHSIA: Why aren’t we seeing you in mainstream Bollywood cinema, when Pakistani actors seem to be in demand there these days?
FUCHSIA: What was the reasoning behind choosing to star in the Indian movie, Baby, with its sensitive subject?
FUCHSIA: You have daughters; do you agree that daughters have their fathers wrapped around their fingers?
FUCHSIA: You seem so passionate and conscious of the issues in Pakistan’s television industry; will we see you do something about it?
Our candid conversation with the genuine Mikaal Zulfiqar has given us assurance that with people like him in the industry, it can go a long way, and one day, it can truly portray the softer image of Pakistan that the government and army are unable to.