Things are looking up for Ahad Raza Mir in all aspects. The actor earlier made news by announcing his engagement with co-star Sajal Aly, and is now on his way to make it big with his work as well as he has recently bagged a nomination at Betty Mitchell Awards for his play Hamlet: A Ghost Story, which he had performed in Canada in April.
Playing the titular character in the play, and gaining widespread critical acclaim, Mir has got a spot in the ‘Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama’ category that honours excellence in Calgary’s Professional Theatre Community.
In a conversation with InStep, the actor expressed how honourable he felt to have represented Pakistan on an international level, and to have received monumental appreciation for his performance.
“It feels amazing; the biggest thing is that it’s like pride for the country. It is a regional award; hundreds of shows took place in the entire province there. For me, it is a big deal because I started my career there (Canada) and I have been watching these people get these awards for many years, hoping that it would happen to me too, one day,” he said.
“Therefore, bagging a nomination is a big success, not just for people residing in Pakistan but for Pakistanis abroad,” he added.
The actor also shared how amazing it felt to have inspired other actors to branch out to Canada and showcase their talent in theatre. “For me, the real success was inspiring Pakistanis to audition for theatre there. My artistic director auditioned so many Pakistanis of about 30 to 40 years of age who showed their interest in acting for the stage,” he said.
“I remember, when I was there, I observed that students coming from Pakistan and India don’t get the opportunities. So, I was glad to see Pakistani(s) auditioning for the next season,” he added.
Seeing as how Hamlet has become a major phenomenon in Canada, a lot of fans want to witness Mir in action on stage and see him perform it in Pakistan. But it seems like it may not be as easy after all. “I want to bring it to Pakistan but the logistics are a little complicated,” he said, mentioning the possibility of the play coming to Dubai sometime in the future.
The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 24 this year, and we will keep our fingers crossed for Mir’s win.