Haroon Shahid, an astounding singer turned actor will be making his acting debut in Shaoib Manasoor’s upcoming movie Verna.
I think acting and music are interrelated. Both have expressions; however the only difference is in acting one has to articulate emotions with facial features while in singing, it is about vocal expression. Actor, moreover along with his facial expressions also has to keep his dialogues delivery and overall style in consideration.
Verna is my first ever acting experience as I never even acted in a school play before it. It’s an honor for me to work with Shoaib Mansoor and Mahira Khan.
Talking about his role in Verna, Haroon Shahid said that my role in this movie is very substantial. Every role is important no matter how small or big it is. “I had great support from Mahira Khan during the shooting of the movie. She has been very encouraging guided me through out through her experience and pushed me to give my best performance in every scene”
Shoaib Mansoor first contacted me for acting in BOL in 2011. At that time I became a fresh rock star and I realized that at that time I was not ready to start off my acting career, but fortunately he kept me in the frame for all these years and when he approached me for Verna, I felt very proud of it and accepted the opportunity. Not many people get the chance to work with Shoaib Mansoor and I learned a lot from my experience of working with him.
On a lighter note, Haroon Shahid said that generally I am a soft spoken person and the aggression that the audiences will see in this movie was the acting that he has done.
Haroon said that during the promotion of Verna, I realized you have to fulfill the demands and expectations of your fans and whatever I do outside Pakistan, it should be for Pakistan.
Talking about future of Pakistan film industry he said that content is the king. It is time we make our own space. We compare our movies with Bollywood which is not required. We should focus on content which we should claim to be ours is important. We are doing good work and we should continue in the same direction.
This film is a step in telling people that what Pakistan film industry is capable of. Our music made its place at all levels and I am confident that if we focus and continue the good work, our movies will also started getting accolades everywhere.
Answering a question about the story being influenced by any other movie of yesteryears, Haroon Shahid elaborated that you may get a shade of few revenge thrillers in this movie but actually we are trying to highlight the issues like the power games prevailing in our society for the education of common people. I hope people can relate themselves with this movie and understand the message which we want to promote.
Talking about critics he said that critics only have an opinion, if criticism is justified, then I don’t mind it. I want critics to be honest and fair in passing their statements. I want all critics to come and watch the movie and then write about it.
Haroon Shahid said that Verna has a strong script. This movie carries a few strong dialogues and I am sure that after watching the movie, public will remember them for a long time
Talking about promotion of Verna, he said that promotion of movie is like an election campaign. Even during our promotion campaign in a school, principal told us that he feels as if a political jalsa is taking place in school. We are like a billboard these days that are going to every place to tell people about our movie as we have to won this battle both on ground and on social media as well.
Haroon Shahid will decide his journey in acting profession after evaluating the feedback he received from masses after the release of Verna.
Verna featuring Mahira Khan alongside Haroon Shahid will be released in cinemas globally on 17th November.
Talking about his personal and professional life, he said that he was born in Karachi and currently he is living in Lahore. He is working in Bramerz, a digital marketing agency in Lahore who always supported him in all these years. “I often have spent months away from office for my shootings but my organization never created any hindrance for me. Wherever I am today, it is only possible because of Bramerz support who allowed me to continue my passion without worrying about the resources required to run my family.”