2017 has been a year of challenges for Pakistani cinema.

With more flops and a few debatable hits, Rangreza’s trailer seems to be a breath of fresh air in the cinema smog.

The trailer looks enticing, Gohar Rasheed especially seems to be a contender for an acting award next year.

Sana Zehra sits down with Bilal Ashraf, Ghana Ali and Gohar Rasheed for a quick rapid fire on love, life and Rangreza

Interview: Sana Zehra

Photography: Arsalan Bilgrami of a.bilgrami studio

Hair & makeup: Nabila’s

Outfits: Deepak Perwani

Jewellery: Kohar

Bilal Ashraf

What’s your favourite place on earth?

Karachi

Favourite food?

Qeema Roti

Denim or pants?

Denim

Collared shirt or t-shirts?

T-shirts

One thing you can’t live without?

Family

What does love sound like?

Sounds beautiful

What’s on your Ipod right now?

Phool khil jaingay

Favourite song to play on the guitar?

Wish I did but unfortunately I don’t know how to play the guitar.

Favourite song to play in the car?

Bulleya from Rangreza

What’s the best song to sing while you’re getting ready for a night out?

Namumkin from Pepsi Battle of the Bands

What’s the best song to put on when you are having a romantic night in?

I don’t know.

If Adele came up to you right now what would you say to her?

Sing

What’s the closest you have ever come to death?

Pretty close. When I was 13 I had a relapse of typhoid and it was pretty bad.

Biggest inspiration?

My father

What turns you off?

Bad body odour

If you weren’t an actor you’d be?

An architect

Favourite perk of the job?

To travel a lot

How did you make your first buck?

Making sandwiches at college

TV series you’d watch to back to back?

Game of Thrones

Song you’d listen to back to back?

Coke Studio’s Uss Rah Paar

First album you ever bought?

Bryan Adams

One thing you are really bad at?

Managing things

One superhero power you would love to have?

Mind control

Favourite fan moment?

It was when I was in London at Selfridges and I had people from across the border come and take pictures with me. Guess they’d seen Jaanan and were super happy to meet me.

Three qualities you want in your partner?

Adventurous, sporty, honest.

Advice to men with a broken heart?

Give it time, it will heal.

Relationship advice to a 15 year old Bilal?

Stay away

Craziest thing you ever did for a woman?

I flew to New York.

What would your ex-girlfriend be thinking right now?

I hope she is not thinking about MR (Mr. Right).

How many donuts are you able to eat in one sitting?

I don’t like donuts.

Favourite kind of cookie?

Double Dark Chocolate Dark from Ben’s Cookies, London

If you were a biscuit what flavor would you be?

Definitely dark chocolate

Who, in your opinion, is the best dressed man in the industry?

Fawad Khan

Who, in your opinion, is the best dressed women in the industry?

Mahira Khan

What song best describes your work ethics?

Born to be Wild

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you make for us?

Burgers

What would your dj name be?

Dj Billo

Would you rather be giant or microscopic?

Microscopic

What’s your favourite colour?

Green

Least favourite colour?

Beige

What’s the weirdest word in the English language?

Burp

What’s your favourite season?

Winter

How do you describe living in Pakistan?

Dangerous and unpredictable

What’s your favourite movie of all time?

Scent of a Woman

Favourite movie in the past five years?

Baby Driver

Favourite TV show that’s currently on?

Game of Thrones

Is this the strangest interview you’ve ever had?

No.

Ghana Ali

Who should every one be following right now?

Dj Khaled

What’s the coolest thing in your wardrobe?

At the moment, it’s a Stella McCartney dress I wore to the Lux Style Awards.

What’s your favourite restaurant in Karachi?

None

What do you love on your pizza?

Mushrooms

Favourite drink?

Virgin Mojito

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark chocolate

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I don’t like sushi

Dogs or cats?

Dogs

Best gift you’ve ever received?

My sister had this beautiful diamond necklace, which I ended up wearing to the Lux Style Awards. She gave it to me without ever wearing it. That was something very special to me.

Last gift you gave a friend?

I gave some makeup and a fragrance to my really good friend.

Jeans or trousers?

I like trousers more.

A person you want to have coffee with?

My sister

Who is Ghana Ali?

A born actress my mom used to say: “She is always acting. Dramay kar rahi hay.” (She is acting like a drama queen).” My parents were both working and I had a lot of time to be on my own and watch a lot of TV. I remember watching a movie with Katrina back to back and ended up cutting my own hair just like her.

Who gave you your breakfast this morning?

My best friend Waqas.

Any thoughts on Rangreza?

Am very close to the cast and crew of Rangreza, it is my family. Everyone has been nothing but nice to me. There were a few problems in the beginning but Munib, Urwa, Gohar and Bilal they have all been extremely nice to me and am super excited about this.

What does GT means to you?

I have spent good times with GT and by the way my original name is Ghana Tahir so GT is my nickname too!

Gohar Rasheed

Describe Gohar Rasheed in three words?

Loyal

Risk taker

Adventurous.

One thing you can’t live without?

People who I love I’m extremely close to them I can’t imagine my life without them.

What’s the coolest thing in this room?

The piano in the back

Favourite season?

Winter

What do you like to do in your extra time?

Dining out and watching movies

Favourite movie?

The list is huge. Gangs of New York, Fight Club, Scent of a Woman so yeah the list goes on.

Favourite movie in the last five years?

Punjab Nahin Jaongi

What’s a book you plan on reading?

My friend Bilal Lashari recommended The Kite Runner. Am really looking forward to reading that.

Iphone or Android?

Neither

Favourite food?

Desi

Do you have a tattoo?

No

Are you in love?

No, not atm.

Favourite solo artist?

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Favourite song?

I love all Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan songs.

If your life were a song, what would the title be?

How do you like me now by The Heavy.

If you could sing a duet with an actress, who would it be?

Saba Qamar

A historical figure you’d love to have coffee with?

Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah

What’s your favorite board game?

Ludo/Parcheesi

What’s your favorite country to visit?

UK

What’s the last country you visited?

Dubai

What country do you wish to visit?

Canada and I’d really like to visit Vancouver.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Being a healer.

Is this the strangest interview you’ve ever had?

No, I’ve been through worse.

What does Rangreza mean to you?

Rangreza is my heart! I’m extremely attached to it. My character Waseem Wallay has become my better half I have been living with the character for the past 2 years.

How so?

I have emotionally invested in this character. I changed my appearance for Waseem Wallay and it eventually became a part of me.

What does GT mean to you?

You know being featured in GT was a huge deal, I remember I got featured once and I got myself into trouble (laughs) so yeah I’ve had great time with GT. I grew up with it!

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