The veteran actor's son opens up about Chain Aye Na, filling his father's shoes and how he deals with criticism
The veteran actor's son opens up about Chain Aye Na, filling his father's shoes and how he deals with criticism

Adil Murad is unfazed by criticism.

The actor, who is the son of veteran star, Waheed Murad will be seen next in Syed Noor's Chain Aye Na, which we all know has already attracted considerable disapproval.

But he is paying no heed to it.

"I'm not bothered by the criticism for a couple of obvious reasons; everyone was slamming the first trailer but that was leaked; it was an uncut version that someone leaked on a WhatsApp group. I think there are very, very few genuine critics who know that they're talking about when they're discussing a film," Adil shares with Images.

"I wouldn't say he's a villainous character but rather he's a bad boy in his own right," Adil says of his character.

"Unfortunately and sadly, most of the critique I've read and seen so far has been on a very personal level. People weren't talking about the trailer, they were saying stuff like Syed Noor's film will mark the end of Shahroz Sabzwari's career."

Screengrab from the Chain Aye Na trailer
Screengrab from the Chain Aye Na trailer

He adds: "I think saying things like that are just unnecessary especially if you haven't even seen the completed product. How can you judge something based on a snippet you saw that wasn't colour-graded or edited or anything? Since then, we've gotten a tremendous response on our actual trailer and songs."

Also read: The trailer did not do the film justice, says Shahroz Sabzwari about Chain Aye Na

"Everyone has a right to an opinion but I would request people to give their opinion after doing their research. All the recent films that have come out have not gotten critical acclaim. You're discouraging filmmakers who are taking risks and making films this way. I'm not saying don't critique work, I'm just saying do it intelligently."

"I'm not new to films or studios so for me the experience was wonderful. Critics today can say whatever but I don't think there's a director who is actively working currently who's made more than 55 films like Syed Noor saheb. He's written over 300 scripts! It was a complete honour to work with him. He knows exactly what he wants; a lot of directors take 20 takes and take out one. He knew exactly what he wanted from the get go and he was very, very encouraging on set. As an actor, it was a pleasure to work for him."

So how did he land a role in Syed Noor's comeback film?

"Syed Noor saheb called me randomly one day and asked to meet me. Needless to say, I was very excited, I met him and he narrated the story to me. At that point, I didn't know which character he had in mind for me. I heard about both characters and I automatically chose my character without knowing what he had in mind. I told him this was the role I really wanted to do."

Talking about his dad, Adil shares, "I have learnt a lot from him but I could never be him. I request everyone to judge me based on my talent and not expect me to be him.

"Chain Aye Na is a very well-written, well-connected story and Syed Noor saheb is making a film after a long time so you can rest assured it will be good. It's a family film, there's no vulgarity element. It's been a journey of blood, sweat and tears, we've put in a lot of hard work so I'm sure once you watch it, you'll like it."

Elaborating a bit more about his character in the movie, Adil reveals: "Since you know the film is a love triangle, I play one of the love interests of the main heroine [played by] Sarish Khan. My character is very different from what I've been playing before, this is something I really wanted to do, sort of break away from these romantic, lover boy roles I've been getting before."

But don't expect to see him in the role of the anti-hero either.

"I wouldn't say he's a villainous character but rather he's a bad boy in his own right. He isn't rotten, he doesn't want to harm others but his upbringing has shaped him. I had a lot of fun playing this character. Chain Aye Na provided me with a good platform to showcase my versatility as an actor and enjoy the character that I'm doing."

BTS shot from Chain Aye Na. From L-R: Adil Murad, Syed Noor and Sarish Khan
BTS shot from Chain Aye Na. From L-R: Adil Murad, Syed Noor and Sarish Khan

When asked about whether he feels pressure to be like his father, the actor/producer says, "Indeed Waheed saheb is alive in the hearts of millions of fans around the world and I am very, very humbled by the love and respect they also extend to us. That being said, to expect me to be him is an impossible task."

"He was one of a kind, thousands tried to be like him but nobody could do that. I am his son, I have learnt a lot from him but I could never be him. I request everyone to judge me based on my talent and not expect me to be him. I hope to keep his name high and I hope to do work people like."

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