People growing up in the 90s would surely remember Dino as an MTV VJ. After that he spent five years in England as a radio jockey (RJ) at BBC Urdu, and now he’s hosting a TV show Ek Dum Live and is an RJ for a radio show Dost Kya Scene Hai on FM91. In addition, he has acted in  Chinar Ghati and Rangreza

By Sana Zehra

What is your real name?

Mohammed Ali Charlie

What are you most known for?

Hosting on television and radio, in particular on the music channels, Indus music and MTV Pakistan.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

A lot of funny and random things happen to me all the time. One time I was discussing with a friend how someone should adapt the famous jasoosi (detective) digest called Imran series for the Pakistan television. That very night while I was going home in a Careem I met a driver who happened to be from the family who have been publishing the books for the past 40 years. The conversation that followed was both funny and insightful.

If you woke up and had thousands of unread emails and could only answer five of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?

Well that’s a tough one because I find it rude not to reply to any form of communication. Ajeeb lagta hai (it feels odd). I guess I would just randomly select which ones to answer.

My worst purchase would be this pair of grey faded jeans I got from the UK. They seemed OK at first but later I looked like a cheesy Tamil hero

Describe the colour blue to somebody who is blind.

I guess I would just say that its calm and relaxing definitely my favourite colour.

What was that one time when you screwed up big time and no one found out?

Generally, I’m a very careful person so I wouldn’t say I mess up big time but little things. Like I’m really bad with names but I always remember faces. So when I meet people who are overly excited to see me and they may have been good friends long ago but I can’t remember their names. I get really embarrassed. I always act that I remember their names and who they are but if they ask me to save their number on my phone I get caught and it’s super embarrassing.

What would you name your boat if you had one?

Something filmi like the SS Nasreen, SS Shabnam or even SS Zubeida.

“A lot of funny and random things happen to me all the time”

Apart from Sana Javed what celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10?

I think all women are perfect 10s in their own way, but I find Iqra Aziz, Hania Amir, Momina Musteshan and Aima Baig very attractive. To be honest I’ve been all over the world and Pakistani women are really beautiful.

Name a fictional character that would be most boring to meet in real life? And which would be most exciting and why?

Any of the female characters you see in local dramas and soaps that would be boring. And most exciting would definitely be Batman I’m a huge fan and just hanging out with him would be awesome.

What is the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

Best would be this Calvin Klein leather jacket I bought from Los Angeles, which was super expensive, but totally worth it. My worst purchase would be this pair of grey faded jeans I got from the UK. They seemed OK at first but later I looked like a cheesy Tamil hero.

“I find Iqra Aziz, Hania Amir, Momina Musteshan and Aima Baig very attractive. To be honest I’ve been all over the world and Pakistani women are really beautiful”

What are some things that sound like compliments but are actually insults?

I don’t get it when people say, “Oh I didn’t know you could do that,” or “Wow you can do that too,” and then they stop there and don’t bother telling you if its good or bad.

What quote or saying do people say but is complete bogus?

I find the whole positive people versus negative people a little bogus. I mean just because someone is negative or has a tough time in life doesn’t mean they don’t want life to change or they aren’t trying hard to work things out for themselves. One should give advice without using others as examples.

Dumbest way you’ve been injured?

I remember a long time ago I fell onto a glass table at a friend’s GT while playing darkroom when we were kids. My injuries were quite severe. When I tell that I scars from playing darkroom, it just sounds wrong on so many levels. They always reply, “What was happening in that dark room huh?”

Tell us one thing people don’t know about you?

I’m very close to my faith and do my best to practice as regularly as possible. When people meet me they assume that I’m a hyper fun party boy. I’m actually the complete opposite of that. I know how to have a good time but I also feel that a strong solid relationship with God is far more important.

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