Ahsan Khan is starring in Hum TV’s mega play, “Aangan” and is playing the character of Subhan. He also plays a second character “Safdar” and according to Ahsan, both characters are pivotal to the story. Here are the reasons why Ahsan Khan chose to do Aangan:
The director, Ehteshamuddin:
This is my third collaboration with Ehtesham Bhai. At this point in career, I can’t work with new people. It seems weird, it takes me time to settle down. I like to work in comfortable environments and enjoy the work. Money making is not my priority anymore. They are long commitments, these projects. They go on for 4-6 months. Ehtesham was doing this, and this was one of the main reasons to do this. Ehtesham makes sure that the actors are comfortable and everyone on the set is comfortable.
My attraction towards this was MD productions as well. Whenever Momina calls me and asks me to be a part of any script or any play, it always has something special in it that she asks me to come do it.
The writer, Mustafa Afridi:
I saw Mustafa Afridi’s Sang e Mar Mar and I was a fan of his dialog. He has a wonderful style where he says a lot without making a big fuss about it. His pace is very smooth. What sets him apart from other writers is that his approach towards the plot and characters is not direct. He has a subtle art of making the plot and the characters come alive.
I’ve always been drawn to period plays. I always enjoy watching them on tv and films.
Zaib, Abid Ali Sahab, Mawra, Sajal, Ahad – all of them are such wonderful actors. Sonya, Hira are there as well. Sonya Hussain is doing so well. Omair (Rana) is a great friend and a fantastic actor. I also admire the work Madiha Rizvi does and she has also done so well in Aangan too.
Quality of the project:
When there is a group is trying to do something good, I often leave stories that revolve around me and choose to be a smaller part of a bigger story because of how good the quality is. I always believe in projects that can take Pakistan’s name to the next level.
A memorable value:
I remember doing Dastaan – and how it didn’t get a lot of ratings. A lot of dramas in the time had gotten huge ratings but no one remembers them. People remember Dastaan. It was a high-quality drama. I also remember how when I did Udaari, no actor was doing negative roles as such. But when you take a risk like that and it works, younger actors get the chance to take the same risks and try their hand at different projects.
Ahsan adds about the experience of shooting for Aangan and the response it has gotten:
“I hate it when people over-promote their stuff themselves. And we didn’t promote Aangan and Hum didn’t start the promotions until really late and people had already made fan pages by then! I had so much fun shooting it and when the teaser realeased I was traveling and people would bump into me at the airport and talk about the teaser. I’ve never seen something like this – people talking and responding so well to a teaser. The response is humbling. And people are really unhappy about it not being on YouTube! [laughs] It’s a great response. And I can safely say that Aangan is a play for people with good taste. Anyone who has good taste, will watch this. There is lots more to come and I hope everyone will enjoy what’s in store for them.”