Acclaimed Pakistani actor Manzar Sehbai makes his debut in Bollywood

Manzar Sehbai, the Pakistani actor living in Germany since past 30 years, is making his debut in Bollywood with Hasnanin Hydrabadwala (The Train, Killer & Jashn fame) directed YA RAB. In this film, Manzar Sehbai is doing the pivotal character of neurosurgeon.  He has earlier received rave reviews for his portrayal of a hakim in Pakistani film BOL. “That was my debut in Pakistani film industry and YA RAB is my debut for Hindi film industry. I have enjoyed both the experiences. I am basically a theater artiste and have done serious research in theater in Germany. Films are a new medium for me post retirement from teaching theater and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s quite entertaining.” He has also received an offer to work side by side with Naseeruddin Shah in another Pakistani film, one that Manzar Sehbai has given a go ahead in principle. “I am heading to Pakistan to get complete narration and get into my character.”

For him theater is his main profession while films are more of an entertaining respite.  Produced under the banner of True Films, YA RAB is written by Ikram Akhtar (of Thank U and Ready fame) with Sanjay Masoom (Krissh fame) and produced by Mohsin Ali Khan. The film was shot in various parts of Mumbai and Lucknow and Manzar has had a good and positive experience shooting in Lucknow. “Not that I could see the city but the interaction with the team has been very good. The city of Lucknow has beautiful people. Mumbai is also a very warm hearted city.”

He has had the opportunity to meet the Indian legend Dilip Sahib in Mumbai. Comments Manzar, “It was an honour and pleasure to meet Dilip sahab. I am thankful to Mohan Kumar for arranging this meeting. It was amazing. I could not believe that Dilip sahab has given us an hour to meet. And on meeting he gripped my hand so hard and wouldn’t let it go for the entire duration of our conversation. It was such a strong grip for a person of his age.”