Wajahat Rafiq is a Mumbai Based Filmmaker Born in Kashmir groomed his career in Bollywood industry as an actor and flim maker.
In a interview with Kashmir Today’s Ubaid bhat Wajahat Highlited his journey of being a filmmaker though he started his carrier as actor.
As you Belong to non Bollywood background how did you chose it as carrier?
Well during school day i got keen interest to do stage shows i feel a positive vibe while performing on stage i start getting appreciations and appraisals, that motivated me a lot ..
However after my 10+2 in science stream i moved to delhi for further studies while studying luckily i start working with professional theatre groups they enhanced my acting skills and encouraged me، During this time i did many plays as a lead actor and emerged as entertainer. Don’t know what my Guru’s found in me they suggested to work in tv though i worked with many TV serials and did print shoots for different labels
What is that time “Changing Moment” in your life?
Well it doesn’t change clock with the numeric’s remain same when you work with professionals your work gets recognised after my graduation i learnt the art of filmmaking it inspired to capture what is happening around so i got associated TV shows associated SONY TV and other channels for shows like MAHRAJA RANJIT SINGH – TENALI RAMA – VIGHNAHARTA GANESH and when you start working some times luck works in your favour and you keep on getting opportunities and we worked with BADSHAH for his video album (HEARTLESS SONY MUSIC) .we did a documentary project for film festival which is called ‘ DUG DUG’ a Rajasthan medium film,
In addition to it we make a music video album for the government of jammu and Kashmir we were worked closely with the JK Tourism as the motive was to promote culture and heritage it tuned out as well as j&k is our home state so this one is close to my heart under our film production house “ROCK NATION FILMS“
What about your upcoming projects?
There are some projects aligned for this year and the next as i spend most of my time towards our house film production house namely “ROCK NATION FILMS” and “OTHERS PRODUCTION HOUSES” through which I have signed Bollywood hindi feature films with the well known faces of Bollywood ,So we intend to start the shooting soon in upcoming months, So as long as i am loaded with work it keeps me happy and motivated.
What is your advice to new comer’s?
Advice will be take your time think think think with patience before choosing any career and if you will be not able to make it, dont get disappointed..
Again take your time to think try to figure out the loop hole then mark it. Do not bother to make mistakes they are key to success.
Do you think bollywood filmmaking is changing ?
Well being as a filmmaker yes the trend of film making and the concepts are changing audience want watch realistic movies as we have seen movies successfully working not only the making is changing howver the mini screens has changed the whole trend Netflex, Prime, Mix player, Youtube and web portals has changed whole viewerships now every one has accesses to all the content across and it is booming.
Do you admire some one in the industry ?
Apart from my father and elder brother who always stood next to my shoulder, i admire Rajesh khanna sir as my acting Guru and satyajit ray sir as my filmmaking guru , i grow up while watching them.
What is your mantra for success?
I wasn’t born with a golden spoon, We have to create own luck. One line that motivates me everyday is Never look back, We should hope for good, but be prepared for worst too,that is what life has taught me so far. ‘’If you have the talent you will be noticed‘’