My character is like me; emotional and a heartthrob, says Danyal Zafar on his debut Tana Bana

Published 25 Mar, 2021 04:31pm

Irfan Ul Haq

He discussed his debut TV series as well as web-series Baarwan Khiladi.

After lending his vocals in Coke Studio's Muntazir alongside Momina Mustehsan, Danyal Zafar (who is also musician Ali Zafar's younger brother) is ready to make his small screen debut with Tana Bana.

"For a serial it's my debut but I've worked on the screen prior to this in web-series Baarwan Khiladi. So technically it's my second time on screen but at the same time my first as well," he told Images, opening up about the experience of working on the project. "Both are two completely different worlds."

Speaking about the story, Danyal revealed how it's about a boy who is a hardcore horoscope believer.

"A boy who believes in stars comes across a girl who isn't exactly a match for him based on their horoscope but he still goes for it and it's this entire thing on how the girl has her own ambitions, and her life revolves around the marriage. How she stands up for herself and how that causes a shift in the family dynamics. So just comedy, romance, pain, etc," he said.

He said he relates to his character quite a bit. "I related to the emotional capacity of the character a lot," Danyal said. "The boy is emotional and a heartthrob — that's how I am," he added, exclaiming that the relationship with his mom depicted in the serial is very realistic.

Speaking of family, Danyal said he doesn't feel the pressure of being related to someone famous and just focuses on his own work. "The best thing I do for myself is that I completely forget I'm anyone's brother. I just look at myself as myself and step into the shoes of the character I have," he said.

Directed by Saifee Hassan and produced under the banner of Momina Duraid Productions, the cast also includes Komal Rizvi, Javeria Abbasi, Amir Qureshi, Ismath and Hassan Noman. The serial will be aired in this upcoming Ramazan.

However, it's not the only project Danyal is working on currently. His web-series Baarwan Khiladi — a Mahira Khan and Nina Kashif production — is also set to release soon.

Directed by Adnan Sarwer and written by Shahid Dogar, the cast includes Kinza Hashmi, Sarmad Khoosat, Mira Sethi, Meer Yousuf, Kinza Hashmi, Zarrar Khan, Khaqan Shahnawaz and YouTuber Shahveer Jafry.

Danyal spoke about how much he enjoyed the experience.

"The boy in Baarwan Khilaadi is a typical Punjabi boy, roaming the streets of Lahore, who gets a chance to play cricket at team level but whose opportunity is stolen from him due to politics. So its about his journey and how he perseveres through everything," he said.

"Mahira was super passionate about the project. She was involved in the script as well, giving us tips so I had a great time working on it."