Getting a super start to his acting career with his debut venture and that too, at the age of fourteen, Faisal Rehman has come a long way in the three decade span of his showbiz career; but he feels there is many a mile to go stillâ€¦â€¦ Here, in an all exclusive talk with HUMSAY, we unearth a facet of Rehman very rarely exposed to the media.
â€œThe two things I always wanted to do from childhood were travelling and joining the Foreign Serviceâ€ Faisal Rehman reveals, lounging back comfortably in his chair in the lawn of the house where he is busy shooting a comedy serial. But, obviously fate had other plans for him as he was thrown into showbiz while still at school.
â€œI got an opportunity to work in the film â€˜Nahin Abhi Nahinâ€™ â€“ an extraordinary film that shocked people with its extremely out-of-the ordinary theme for the early â€™80s â€“ mainly because of the fact that my father was a respected cinematographer in the industry with films like â€˜Heer Ranjhaâ€™ and â€˜Dostiâ€™ to his credit. I didnâ€™t look at it as a career-making move, and in fact, had taken it for granted that this would be a one-timer and the chapter would be closed at its completion. I did not, in my wildest dreams, imagine that it would mark the beginning of a career that would stay with me these thirty years.â€
With his characteristic dimpled smile, Rehman goes on to narrate how difficult it was for him to cope with studies and a career which though incidentally thrust upon him, had got him so involved that he couldnâ€™t disengage himself. â€œMy school â€“ St Anthonyâ€™s â€“ was a strictly Irish Brother Order and all my shootings were scheduled so I didnâ€™t miss school even one day. The same schedule continued till I graduated â€“ mind you, with flying colours!â€“ from F.C College, Lahore.â€
Although a difficult feat to achieve, not only did Rehman excel in his studies, he also became a roaring success on screen, performing in hit films such as â€˜Yeh Zamana Aur Haiâ€™, â€˜Nadaniâ€™, â€˜Love Storyâ€™ and â€˜Doorianâ€™. But in spite of numerous hits both on the silver screen, and in subsequent years, on the mini-screen, it is his debut movie that remains to date the foremost identification of his acting career.