Pakistani Showbiz

Being Kambakht With Hamza Ali Abbasi

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To say that Hamza Ali Abbasi has had a stellar year would be an understatement. With Main Hoon Shahid Afridi (MHSA) and Waar doing major business at the box office Pyarey Afzal and various endorsement deals making him a recurring face on our television screens and now with his directorial debut looking at a mid September release date his star is not on the rise it has arrived.

But sorry to disappoint you Ehtesham fans. Abbasi’s character in Waar is well and truly dead and he will not be making a surprise appearance in the sequel as the long lost twin brother of the wisecracking impertinent police officer we all loved. Fret not though for he will be returning to screens at a cinema near us soon. He’ll just be a tad unrecognizable when he does.

“People expect you to be a hero,” he said, “You’re young you look a certain way and people perceive you a certain way and you end up being typecast. I don’t want that. Being a hero doesn’t involve a lot of acting. I love a challenging role because I’m not a hero I’m an actor. In Kambakht I deliberately play an ugly, crude character.”


With Kambakht Abbasi’s debut as a feature film director he is consciously seeking to break away from being a run of the mill leading man. While his fans love seeing him on their television screens he is looking to return to his first love directing. What his fans may not know is that his breakout role in Waar came about completely by accident as he had initially joined the project as an Assistant Director to Bilal Lashari. His starring role in Kambakht was also not part of the initial plan. A scheduling conflict forced Ahsan Khan to drop out of the lead role forcing Abbasi to step in at the last minute. Abbasi concurs that he had a bit too much on his plate with this one but he’s learnt his lesson the first time round.

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