Actor, director and cinematographer, Usman Mukhtar is rising to join the A-list ranks in showbiz, as per the reviews with his dramas like Anaa and Sabaat. Mukhtar began his career as a filmmaker in 2006 and as a theatre actor in 2007, directing music videos and short films as well as acting in many plays before getting his break as a film actor with a role in the 2016 Janaan. He then had a role in the 2018 Parchi, a movie for which he was also the cinematographer. His most recent venture is the ongoing drama serial Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay alongside Mahira Khan and Kubra Khan, which has been the talk of the town ever since its stellar cast was announced. The talented star joins MAG for a quick and fun rapid fire. Here are 60 seconds from his life. Excerpts:

The biggest perk of being you?

I can dress up in shorts and T-shirts, and can dress up like a homeless, but still look good.

Best part of the day for you is?

It really depends, there's no specific part.

If stuck on an island, you would…

I will try to get rescued.

Life for you is…

A learning experience, from which you always end up learning something.

Best vacation memory of yours?

When I went to Kashmir with my family.

Your style philosophy is...

Don't try too hard.

What’s the best thing about being an actor?

The fact that you get to express yourself and you get to live different kinds of characters.

And the worst is…

The baggage that comes with it, like the pressure of looking a certain way, the need to socialise and make small talk.

The best project you did?

My favourite drama was Anaa, I had such a ball working with everybody.

Your directorial inspiration from the local industry?

Shoaib Mansoor Saab. I became a fan of his when he made Alpha Bravo Charlie.