Whether it is in Pakistan or India, the transitions of TV serial actors to the big screen have in many cases been beset with hiccups. In fact, in Pakistan a much lower number of actors have migrated smoothly into film careers than in India. Even those who have been successful have seldom managed to get away from typecast roles they performed in their first films. In case of Adnan Shah, (sometimes also referred to with the suffix ‘Tipu’) however, the story has been different. Although his initial appearances on TV were in comic roles, in serials like “Sab Set Hai”, he grew up ultimately to be a versatile actor excelling in diverse roles. He had a number of notable appearances in films and what was special about the films were that irrespective of where they were made, they were released in both India and Pakistan due to related themes. “Ramchand Pakistani” made in Pakistan, is about a Pakistani Hindu who has by mistake crossed into India along with his young son, and “
” is an Indian film shot in historical Jordan and again features both Indian and Pakistani stars.
This could also be one of the reasons why he has starred in another Indian movie, once again set in Pakistan, as the title “Welcome to Karachi” revealingly suggests. That he could bag this role was not just because he had previously acted in Indian films, but more due to his inherent skills and was in fact referred to the casting director by one who knew the current crop of Pakistani actors intimately. In this latest film of his, although the movie overall was a humorous one, he had to portray the role of a tough guy and as per all accounts has done a very decent job of it, with his natural acting skills. It is all the more remarkable that his co-actor in the film was the redoubtable
from India and compatriots
and Kubra Khan. What is remarkable about Adnan is that he has often acted with well known actors in his films, but has never felt cramped in his own acting in their presence. Rather, he exudes immense confidence in his own skills. It is this confidence that keeps him going and while TV serials and theatre will always be there, he has already carved a somewhat international niche for himself in films.