Who in a nutshell is Ahmad Taha Ghani?
To sum it up, I am an ordinary person who is trying to do extraordinary things!
Talk to us about your childhood. What was that like?
My childhood was spectacular. It was nothing short of a dream considering my exceptionally supporting family and friends. I was, am and will always be anarmy brat through and through!
What about your educational background?
I’ve done my Bachelors in Management with Majors in Finance from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
When and how did you realise that acting/singing was your passion?
To be honest, acting has always been a part of me for as long as I could remember! Music is something I grew fond of when I heard 2pac for the first time during my early teens.
Talk to us about your day job. Do you have one? If so, what is it like?
I am an active CFO of three companies, one of which is my family’s business, the other two are my own initiatives.
How was your experience working on Yalghaar?
Yalghaar is a movie that is exceptionally close to my heart because of the message the movie delivers. Being the son of an army officer, I have seen the army up close and personal in a way that many others might not have experienced it. Therefore, the role of Captain Asif resonated with me on a personal level which made my experience working in the film that much more incredible. If I had to sum it all up in one line, I would say the experience was too good to be true!
Talk to us about the first scene you ever shot. What was that like?
The first ever scene I shot was for a children’s play which aired on PTV when I was in the 3rd Grade.
What about the first scene you ever shot for Yalghaar? What were your feelings?
The first scene I shot for Yalghaar was with Bilal Ashraf and Umair Jaswal. Both these boys are true gems and are like my brothers! Umair has helped me a lot with my music and Bilal with my acting. Working with them as the first scene I ever shot for Yalghaar was surreal and a very humbling experience.
Are there any similarities between Ahmad and Captain Asif? How did you fit into the role.
Like I mentioned, the role of Captain Asif resonates close to home for me. I am Captain Asif in every way possible except possibly the hairstyle, the uniform and all those ranks.
What is one thing you love about acting. Why?
I am a method act to the core! Therefore, my favourite part about acting is that I enjoy stepping into someone else’s characters for a short period of time to experience their life and feelings like my own.
If there was one thing you could change about the industry what would it be and why?
If it was up to me I would like to make quiet a few changes ranging from reducing piracy, developing a system where royalties are taken into account for all those involved in the film, acknowledging all the behind the scenes titans who work tirelessly to develop movies that we all love to enjoy. I would also love to encourage more people to go to the cinemas and support our films.
What was the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?
The best piece of advice I ever got was from my father, “Be humble, be kind and stay focused”.
What does success mean to you?
Success, to me, means bringing smiles on as many faces as possible.
What do the next five years look like for you?
For the next five years, I will be focusing on my music and acting both! I have some very exciting projects lined up. So stay tuned, you will be seeing a lot more of me!