We don’t need any introduction for the man who is known for directing commercially successful films such as Karachi Se Lahore, Lahore Se Aagey and Chhalawa. Yes, you are right we are talking about the Director, Producer, Screenwriter and sometimes Voice Over Man ‘Wajahat Rauf’. The best thing about him is the manic passion with which he approaches his job. His contemporary style of filmmaking not only delivers a powerful message but most importantly entertains the audiences.
I am curious to know what next he brings to the table for us. And Guess what? Rauf’s next is a drama serial titled ‘Raqs-e-Bismil’ for HUM TV. Reflecting back to the past, he has directed and produced many drama serials before making it big into films. In an exclusive candid conversation with Chabi Taala, Wajahat gives us interesting insights about ‘Raqs-e-Bismil’, what it is like being back on television and his upcoming projects.
Chabi Taala (CT): Your last TV project was ‘Shadi Mubarak Ho’ in 2017. What kept you away and what excited you about Raqs-e-Bismil?
Wajahat Rauf (WR): I was busy directing four feature films and a web series, so didn’t had the time to do direct a television play. Having said that, it feels great working again for TV and I am loving every bit of it.
Chabi Taala: There is always a profound touch in all of your work. What drives your vision as a storyteller?
Wajahat Rauf: I believe every director has his own signature style. For me the driving force is the feeling when I get to know from the audience that how much they liked my work. How my work did made a difference and cheered them up even for a single day.
Chabi Taala: Can you give us inkling about Raqs-e-Bismil?
Wajahat Rauf: Raqs-e-Bismil is primarily a story of two people ‘Moosa’ and ‘Zohra’ from polar opposite worlds who eventually fall in love together.
Chabi Taala: While putting together the cast of ‘Raqs-e-Bismil’, what did you look for in the actors?
Wajahat Rauf: Shazia Wajahat (producer) did the casting. I was super excited to know that Imran Ashraf and Sara Khan agreed to come on board. Good actors always bring something to the creative process that helps shaping up the characters. Both the actors are in superb form and were our first choice for Raqs-e-Bismil.
Chabi Taala: The story is the soul of any project. What are your thoughts about the script written by Hashim Nadeem?
Wajahat Rauf: Hashim Nadeem is one of the finest writers of our country; he has done a great job with this one too. The moment I started reading the script, I finished it in a single session.
Chabi Taala: You are shooting for it currently. How’s the experience and when is the play coming out?
Wajahat Rauf: We have completed fifty percent of the shoot. The play will hopefully come out in December or January next year.
Chabi Taala: After delivering so many commercial successes in films, do you feel the weight of expectations while working on TV?
Wajahat Rauf: Yes, off course. Television is a completely different industry and so are its dynamics. The fact that there are eight hundred scenes in a drama as compared to sixty five scenes in a film; one has to take additional care that the narrative doesn’t gets dragged.
Chabi Taala: What’s the update on your feature film ‘Parde Mein Rehne Do’.
Wajahat Rauf: We were shooting for ‘Parde Mein Rehne Do’ until covid-19 happened. We will resume shooting in January 2021; it would get completed by May.
Chabi Taala: What’s next in the pipeline?
Wajahat Rauf: I am working on another film script, besides there is a web series in the pipeline too.
The first look of the lead cast has already created a positive buzz on social media. With such exciting revelations from Wajahat himself, Raqs-e-Bismil is surely one of the most anticipated drama to look forward to.
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