Where there is will, there is a way. This proverb has inspired many lives, but more inspiring are the people who have assimilated these words into their own lives. One of them is Sharib Hashmi, who is praised for his lead role in Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan (the film which won the Best Hindi Film, at National Film Awards 2013 and expected to release in 2014). Sharib started as an Assistant director in films then started writing shows for television secretly nurturing his desire to become an actor. Later he worked in Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) & National Award Winning movie Filmistaan (2014).
We recently got a chance to talk to Sharib about his life, journey and much more.
It has been tough, however I look back fondly. There were hurdles and difficult times to deal with. But, the experience of coming this far was a blessing.I started as an Assistant director in films then started writing shows for television secretly nurturing a desire to become an actor. I worked as an in-house script writer for MTV, Channel [V]. Later as a freelancer, I wrote anchor scripts for various reality shows. And now here I am living my dream in the Hindi film industry. Call it Bollywood, i won’t be offended :
Your father, Z. A. Johar, was an illustrious film journalist. Did you receive any words of wisdom and advices from him about acting as choice of career?
Unfortunately, he isn’t alive to see his own dream come true. It was his idea and his support that I ever decided to act. He influenced me entirely and I feel blessed to be born to somebody as talented as him.
I was originally a part of scripting, & eventually Nitin (who is also a very good friend) suggested that I take up Sunny’s role as it would suit me really well. The character came naturally, that also followed the hurdles of accepting a debut actor. We overcame all of that & finally created the Film.
Can you please give some insights on the story line of “Filmistaan”?
I can’t give out much info as I would like you to watch the film yourself. However, the basic story revolves around the concept of how cinema can bond two opposite cultures & countries (India & Pakistan) together.
This film has been recognized and won accolades in various national & international film festivals. How do you feel about it?
It feels wonderful. Considering this is only the first film, it’s massive encouragement and I feel blessed to have been able to be a part of it.
How do you prepare yourself for a role?
I didn’t prepare as much, because Sunny is a lot like me. I was playing me & trust me, playing yourself is the most difficult. You have endless inhibitions & growing past them is a task in itself.
Which actor(s) do you look up to for inspiration?
Aamir khan is my all time favorite! There are a couple of others too, but I really appreciate Aamir khan’s work.
What is the trait you most like and deplore in yourself?
(Laughs) Ab main apni taarif itni nahi kar sakta, I work hard to do what I do
What are your other upcoming projects?
I have signed a project now and will be signing another one by the end of this month but I can’t disclose anything as of yet.
Any message to the audience who are eagerly waiting for “Filmistaan”
If you watch a film like Dabaang, then you should also watch a ‘’Queen’’ & a ‘’Highway’’. Keep your choices elaborate.