Wearing many hats, with elan

Raja Sarfaraz, a versatile personality hailing from remote hamlet of Doda District viz Bhalessa has been   widely acclaimed over the years. He is a celebrated writer from the Chenab Valley who earned name and fame for his book ‘Tears of Kashmir’. Sarfaraz has included his name in the list of manifested artists and literary luminaries of the UT by dint of his hardwork in diverse fields like acting, column writing and social work besides being a young researcher in the field of English literature pursuing Ph.D. Though, the vivid description of his achievements in the aforesaid fields needs a voluminous account but looking into space constraint here we conclude by only giving account of his momentous performances in number of web series with the last one viz  ‘92 Hours’ taking him to pinnacle of success as the same was nominated for Filmfare OTT Awards 2020. Here are some excerpts of an inspiring conversation with Raja Sarfaraz on telephone.

What you’re doing these days, how COVID 19 affected things?

Well, I am busy shooting for my next film in Kashmir.  It is really an awe-inspiring project and I am quite excited about the new character I am playing. As far as COVID 19 is concerned it was a catastrophe that world faced and still its dangers are looming large. Unfortunately, no one remained untouched from this lethal contagion and professionally everybody faced its brunt.  Obviously, many of my projects got delayed and are still in pipeline due to this unprecedented mayhem caused by Coronavirus world over.

What is the biggest challenge in Bollywood?

Frankly speaking, there is nothing which confronts or bothers me in the Tinsel Town. I personally feel that it’s all about one goal one mission. Till the time you are focused and concerned about your passion and work there is nothing to worry. Aberrations, if any can however bring in lethargy or alter the targets but in my case things are going smooth with no looking back till date. Like any other profession, nepotism plays a significant role here also and at times people have to compromise on things. This sometimes brings in melancholy and sort of emotional tinge in me though the quantum is quite insignificant. Like any other field, here also you need a good company of seasoned personalities or else one feels isolated and even dejected.

What you prefer more writing or acting?

This one is tough actually (smiling) but yes trying to be honest writing makes me feel good, as it provides ample scope to delve into the subject and accomplish the work in a dazzling manner. Of course as an actor also I feel amazed because acting teaches me to harness and nurture emotions and showcase the same according to my ability, which till date is not bad at all.

What are your upcoming projects?

After COVID 19 restrictions were eased off I completed four web series with grace of Almighty while two music videos are in pipeline. Lahore Diaries, Mission 70, Scammy and Cynoid Mohan are few of the projects which are about to release on different platforms.

What are your future goals?

I am not over ambitious but it is my resolve to do my bit for adding more colours into the already rich heritage, art and culture of my region. I will leave no stone unturned to achieve this goal. It is my earnest desire to dedicate my life for the good of society. In the coming days I will devote my time in writing and acting to achieve the aforesaid goals and shall also participate extensively in the social work to help the underprivileged to live a life full of dignity and honour.


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