Waheed Murad’s Son
Talks to Pakistani-Americans Fans
By Ras H. Siddiqui
late Waheed Murad
Devi, Hassan Zee and Adil Murad
is not every day that one gets a chance to talk about legendary
Pakistani actors. For a generation of Pakistanis, one of these
legends was and still is the late Waheed Murad, “Chocolate
Hero” of our silver screens for more than two decades.
And now one is pleased to share that his son Adil Murad is
attempting to follow in his father’s footsteps. Here
in this report Adil talks to Ras H. Siddiqui (RHS) and answers
several questions that could be of interest to many fans of
Pakistan ’s “Golden Era” of film.
Since our new generation, born in America is sometimes curious
about what their parents did for entertainment (while they
were growing up), we thought that they should have a window
into one family of our stars through young Adil. We talked
to him about both the old times and the present. But before
we begin, it certainly came as no surprise when Waheed Murad’s
son turned out to be as cultured, articulate and all round
talented. His father was certainly all of these things and
more to millions of his fans.
has recently starred in Dr. Hassan Zee’s new Urdu drama
serial “Manzil Pyar Ki” (Destination: Love”),
which was filmed in New York City and in nearby New Jersey
. Hassan also made the first ever Pakistani-American film
“Night of Henna” just a few years ago. This drama
brings together Adil Murad in the leading male role of Faisal
Khan, and Indian actress Purva Devi, who shot to fame here
in the US in the critically acclaimed “American Desi”
(she plays the female lead Seemi Shah here). Also in the cast
are Farah Bala, Sanjay Malhotra, Mubeena Khan and Susham Bedi.
The producer of this serial is Asma Hashmi. Hassan informed
us that this serial will have a unique story and that no other
drama has been made on this topic before. But we will have
to wait to see it (Hopefully after Eid).
Presented below is the entire interview with Adil Murad:
Many Pakistani-Americans have very fond memories of your father,
the late actor/legend Waheed Murad. Would you briefly like
to share something about him that we may not be aware of?
ADIL: I've been meeting a lot of his fans here in the US and
it’s really a great feeling to experience their love
and affection for my father. One small fact that I noticed
a lot of people didn't know was that he came from a Punjabi
family background. Our family is originally from Sialkot.
What can you tell us about your role in Hassan Zee's new drama,
Manzil Piyar Ki (Destination Love)?
ADIL: My character in Manzil Pyar Ki was very interesting.
I play the role of a person who is torn between his circumstantial
marriage and his true love. It’s a character that a
lot of people maybe able to relate to.
RHS: What was your feeling about shooting the film in New
York City? What was an interesting moment that you can share
ADIL: I love New York! It has an energy that I've never seen
in any other place. So naturally, filming there was a terrific
experience. Boy oh boy! This project was full of interesting
moments. But one of my most memorable was when we were filming
in Brian's (our young assistant’s) house. It was such
a multi cultural/ethnic/religious mix of people there and
the exchange of ideas was just amazing.
RHS: Why do you think that Hassan Zee chose you to work in
this drama? Did you know him previously?
Working with Hassan Zee was a very interesting and different
experience. I guess coming from a big budgeted Hollywood movie,
this relatively low budget project really rattled him. I've
never seen a director yelling, screaming, or jumping as much
as I saw Hassan doing. I had heard of Hassan through Voice
of America, and as a Pakistani, I was very proud of him. It
was about time that a Pakistani-American stepped into mainstream
Hollywood. And when I heard that Hassan would be directing
this project, I was very excited! The first time we met, we
really hadn't seen each other's work, but after that initial
meeting we become quite comfortable.
Murad and Purva Devi in Manzil Pyar Ki
What you have been doing lately? Do you prefer to act or make
movies and dramas?
ADIL Lately, I've been very busy acting and producing. After
moving back from the States I revived 'Filmarts' which was
my father's production company and has produced hits like
Armaan. And so far, we have produced numerous “Telefilms”
and are now moving onto bigger projects. There is something
about producing that really attracts me to it. To let my creativity
flow and make something good really gives me a great feeling.
But I would like to take a very well rounded approach and
keep acting alongside my productions.
RHS: How was it working with Purva Bedi in the leading female
role? Have you worked with Indian Actresses before?
This was my first experience working with an Indian actress.
Purva was great to work with. We had a lot of funny moments,
especially when it came to her Urdu. But as an actress, I
found her to be very professional and concerned about her
Do you think that the movie industry in Pakistan is positioned
for a turnaround today?
ADIL: Definitely. As you can see that the likes of Shoaib
Mansoor and Mehreen Jabbar have stepped into the film arena
and produced masterpieces. I firmly believe that in the next
few years, we should be able to restore Pakistani cinema to
its past glory.
How is it working in a multicultural setting here in America
compared to working in Pakistan?
ADIL: It was very interesting, but not too different. I guess
that television productions in Pakistan have achieved a similar
very professional standard. But it was great to be working
with such a mix of ethnicities.
RHS: What do you consider the best movie that your father
ever acted in?
ADIL: My personal favorites are ARMAAN and MASTANA MAHI.
RHS: Thank You.
(Written for all of Waheed Murad’s fans, especially
Hamraahi Radio’s Raana Faiz in San Francisco)