We’ve seen famous kids carry on their parents’ legacy in Bollywood and Hollywood. Those who are talented rise through the ranks, while those who are the result of nepotism fail to make the cut. In this edition, we chat with an emerging celebrity who is continuing on his family’s legacy of entertaining people via acting. Making his way to the top of the list Daniyal Khan is one of the most talented actors among the newcomers to the profession. Fortunately, due to his hectic schedule of filming his upcoming dramas, we were able to grab him for a little chat.
» What drew you to the entertainment industry?
Since I was a child, I’ve seen my mother work in the business, my uncle is there and has worked in the industry, and then I’ve heard about my grandmother but haven’t seen her work, so clearly if you’ve seen anything in your home, you’ll want to attempt it. that’s how my attention was drawn to the entertainment industry
» Can you tell us a little about your childhood?
I had a typical upbringing; I was raised by a single mother and my grandmother, and whatever I am now is because of them. My mother never allowed me to pursue my dream of being an actor. She made it abundantly clear to me that education comes first, and everything else follows. I waited till I graduated before beginning my acting career and doing commercials and other things. However, my childhood was mostly spent as a mama’s boy.
» Did you face any obstacles when pursuing a career in show business? or your mother Saima Qureshi and grandmother’s Rozina name and connections were strong enough to get you a position in the entertainment industry.
Yes, without a doubt! The public believes that since I am the son of Saima Qureshi and the grandson of Rozina, I have it easy. The fact is that the only benefit I receive from this is respect; when people learn that I am related to this family, they respect me and admire my mother and grandmother. However, if you don’t have that talent from inside, whether you’re a son or daughter of whoever, it won’t benefit you in the long term. Furthermore, there were no impediments, yet I followed the same procedure. I had to audition for my first drama, “Bewafa,” and I have to go through auditions and screen tests every time I am signed up or suggested.
» Who was your idol, the person you looked up to and desired to emulate?
To be honest, my mum has always been my idol. I am certain that the idol does not have to be of the same gender since, like every other child, I feel my mother is flawless. She’s amazing in whatever she does, whether it’s off camera or on screen! So it’s been my mother since the beginning.
» “yeh toh parchi hai” How do you feel about nepotism? Are you convinced it exists?
Good question, haha! To be honest, when I first entered the industry as a newcomer, I heard people refer to me as the “new parchi.” I used to wonder why they said this since I knew I was working hard, but as time goes on, you realize why they say what they say! And my thoughts on nepotism are that it happens everywhere in the globe in every business, and if you make your way through nepotism without being talented, I don’t think you’ll be able to make it stable in the long term. You can join any field with nepotism, but creating your name and gaining that respect takes time and talent
» What do you think needs to be improved in the entertainment industry as a newcomer?
I believe that the younger generation in the sector is more concerned with their appearance than with their skill. To become an actor, I believe you must have the skills. good looks, a pretty face, and Being trendy and up to date are plus points. As a result, I believe that this is an area where people should enhance their talents rather than their Instagram feed, poses, etc. These factors are significant, yet they may never outweigh your skills.
» People have known your family for generations. Given that your mother, Saima Qureshi, was a single parent, what do you believe her challenges were? How did she overcome them, and have there ever been instances when you felt ignored?
In our patriarchal world, being a single parent is really challenging, especially for a woman! If you are a woman who is divorced, that is a huge challenge in and of itself, and having a child adds to the mix! My mother, on the other hand, has always valued honesty, hard effort, and good actions. and she is convinced that anything you do in life with honesty and dedication will bear fruit; it may be late, but your efforts will be rewarded. In July, I will turn 27 years old, yet I have never felt the absence of another parent in my 27 years. Even though she was working long hours, she never failed to provide her whole attention, care, and concern to me. There has never been a time in my life when I have felt neglected! So she’s simply been giving me the finest of everything!
» How would you describe your relationship with your mother?
My mum is my dearest friend as well as my mother. She’s someone I can approach and say things to. We have a mother-son relationship, and as a result, we are quite communicative with one another. My mother married while she was quite young, so our age gap is less, and therefore we can understand and communicate with each other.
» What is your favourite memory from your childhood with your mother?
There are many memories with my mother, but if I had to select one, it would be when I was in grade one and my mother and I attended my first ever parent-teacher meeting. I was really bright at the time, and I scored first in the monthly exam. I recall her being overjoyed, and on the way home, I received all of my treats, and I have great recollections of that time.
» What message would you like to send to your mom on Mother’s Day?
To my mother, and to any mother out there, whether you are a single mother or a couple, I would just want to say, “jo kaam app karti hain, duniya mein woh koi mard nahi karsakta.” Let man be strong or the supplier of things, but nothing a mother does can be repaid. also to all the kids out there If you don’t appreciate your mother, not just for everything she has gone through to give birth to you and nurture you, you will never be successful in this world or the next!
» What do you have planned for Mother’s Day?
I have a nice surprise planned for my mother; I’ll give her a flower and a cake, and I’ll probably take her out to lunch and have some mother-son time, and that’s about it! Mother’s Day!
→ What is something your mom always says to you?
My mom always gives me advice. She tells me to be responsible even though I am now. But you know mothers haha I love her
→ What makes your mom happy?
Good food, a comfortable room, and a good tv show. And Of course, I make her happy haha!
→ How does your mom make you laugh?
If she ever see I’m mad about something, she would just come and stare at me, until the point one of us start laughing. Works every time
→ What is her favorite thing to do?
She’s not very tech-savvy, but she recently learned how to post stories on Instagram so she loves that. Also shopping and cooking! Yes she’s a desi mom
→ What does your mom do when you’re not around?
Mum’s mostly busy with shoots. But if she’s home and I’m not around, she’s just chilling in her bed watching some new tv show
→ What is your mom good at?
My mom’s good at giving good bits of advice. Not only motherly advice but friendly ones too.
→ What is your mom not very good at?
she doesn’t listen to my pieces of advice. Still thinks of me as a child. 95% of the times when I’ve been proven right, she’s learning now.
→ What is your mom’s favorite food?
I think she’s more of a desi kind. Desi foods and she has a sweet tooth!me.
→ What makes you proud of your mom?
Everything about her makes me proud of her. Her existence and how strong she has been all her life.
→ How are you and your mom the same?
We’re the same as we can not save money. Ever.
→ How are you and your mom different?
She’s more organized and I’m more… eh you know
→ Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
She’s not that outgoing. But she fancies shopping for new things for the house
→ What is your wish for your mom?
I wish to buy a big house for her.
→ What are some important things mom has taught you?
Respect everyone. Especially women. Always stick to what you commit. Work hard, and don’t look for shortcuts as there is none to success.
→ If your mom had a million dollars, what do you think she would do with it?
She’d spend it on getting a house, a car, and that too for me. She just wants to make my future secure. She’s everything to me.