There are very few celebrities or artists in the Pakistani entertainment industry who know the meaning of building something from scratch. Designer Hassan Sheheryar Yasin is one of those celebrities who again built his new area from scratch.
Hassan Sheheryar Yasin known to the world as HSY is a man of hidden talent cards that he reveals from time to time and explores with brilliance. With his entry into the world acting, the way he changed himself from physicality to mannerism is exceptional.
The Pehli Si Muhabbat star knows the meaning of earning bread for his family, whether flipping burgers, working at a library, or working on a construction site to acquire financial independence at the age of 14 or 15.
His entire look in his debut big picture film separates him from actor to designer. While talking to one of the leading magazines in Pakistan, HSY revealed every detailed insight about his workout routine, favorite co-star, and building an acting career from the scratch.
Hassan Sheheryar Yasin aka HSY from designer to actor
HSY is phenomenal when it comes to sustainability, consistent and that’s the key element that made him one of the best designers nationwide. He builds the whole HSY Empire from scratch, which leads him to fearlessly enter into a different world and explore its nature of it.
His ‘not afraid’ attitude explains his fearlessness when it came to stepping into the film and drama industries. “I set up my business HSY with my own saved money of Rs2, 500, so I know zero feels like and I’m not fearful of zero. I have zero fear of zero. And for me, acting is putting myself at zero, at a new place so I don’t fear it [because] I desire to add more experiences into my life,”
Hassan further shared about the awards and achievements. “The only thing they will remember is how you made them feel the first time you met them if it was a positive or a negative [experience].
That is our ikhlaaq [manners] — that, I always try to work on. The rest of it is for me, so when I get asked why did you switch from this to that, I will not remember myself as a designer or an actor, I will remember myself as a life enthusiast who lived.”
HSY is world-famous and that’s why recently he got featured in one of the famous magazines Vogue. He took it to his Instagram and he was in the seventh sky with the happiness.
Don’t limit yourself – Hassan Sheheryar Yasin
Hassan doesn’t believe to limit himself and that’s why he’s wholesome of talent. He said, “I’m a director, I’m a show director, I own my creative ad agency, I’m one of the oldest and well-known names of our fashion industry, I’m a philanthropist, I’m a motivational speaker — I can be all of those things and more.
Now I’ve done television and I’m on movies — none of it makes me into any different person than I was five years ago or when I was five years old, inherently I’m the same guy.
“It’s what I add into the mix for myself, in my brain, in my tijori [treasure chest] of experiences that is important to me. And I like to fill my life with happy experiences [and] achievements, not financially or for the sake of awards — those are nice — but achievements that make me feel like I’ve lived a full life.”
Everyone knows his passion and love for designing clothes. For Ishrat Made in China, he designed and manufactured his costumes. “The movie is very colorful, it’s a lot of print, [as for] my character, he’s slick, he’s black and gold and his prints are very texture on texture.
He’s a man who wants to be noticed when he walks in. He’s not meek so I designed the clothes for him [accordingly] and I enjoyed making them.”
With the dedication to his work, he shared that he started his preparation for the role six months prior and he even did his stunts as well. “Hanging by wires, riding chariots, jumping from chariots while running, kung fu fighting — I did all of it. Mohib had a trainer brought in from abroad and we did stunt training for a long time.”
‘I loved the film’ – Hassan Sheheryar Yasin
HSY described Ishrat Made in China as, “a two, two and a half-hour ride into a fantasy world away from saas-bahu [mother-in-law, daughter-in-law] madness, away from woke subjects that seem to permeate everything that we do” to get an escape, the likes of which we see very rarely.
He explains that an average person needs something that isn’t readily available on TV, so “he goes back home with something that he will keep for a small amount of time until he moves on.
And that’s what this film does. And yes, when I walked in, I got exactly what I went for; pure, hardcore, fun, and light-hearted entertainment with a killer villain.”
The way he described the movie, it looks like he’s in love with it and proud of it. He doesn’t want to change anything, especially his iconic clothes.
“My favorite outfit in the film — I have many — was the one in my song, the one I was dancing in, I love that. It was a very cool outfit, I wore it for five days and I still didn’t want to take it off after five days. I was still very happy with it.”
I confronted the deepest fears on the set. He explained, “I’m really scared of snakes, and in a song they made me hold a 14-foot snake,” he said, that too sandwiched between Mahira Khan’s film shooting one side and another shooting on the other.
“And throughout my only fear was someone will come to see how scared I am of snakes. I was just constantly thinking I’ll be so embarrassed but luckily, I wasn’t. The movie turned out great, the saanp [snake] also turned out great, and also, my fear of snakes went away so that was a good win.”
Mangshi a new Hassan
As mentioned above, Hassan started working out six months before to trim himself down for the role. To get into the role, he understood every area of it and lived with it. “I became more agile because he was more agile, I started becoming faster on my feet because he was faster on his feet, I started dressing his way, I started using fewer words and more facial expressions just because he didn’t speak that much.”
“I’m a big guy, for this, I had to become a lean guy, for Akram [the character he plays in Pehli Si Muhabbat] I had to become a fat guy and now for the new role that I’m about to do I’ve to become a muscular guy so I’m back at working out. I change my body around all the time,” he explained.
HSY believes “physicality is as important in your acting ability as your voice,” which he thinks is lacking in the industry a lot. “There’s no fun in that, there’s no make-believe.
This is the world of make-believe — it’s not star power, it’s the character power, the character must be bigger than your star power. They have to forget who you are.”
When he was asked that is there any physical description given to him or anything. He said, “I like getting into my character. No one asked me to [do this], I did it myself. I gained 25 to 30 pounds for Akram, I started wearing shalwar kameez, I started speaking like him four months before I even started shooting.”
‘They’re all incredible’ – HSY
Hassan struggled when he was asked to name his favorite co-stars. He said, “I’ve worked with really incredible people so far — from Maya [Ali] and Rabia Butt to Saba Faisal and Shabbir Jan and Uzma [Hassan] and Sheheryar [Munawar].
I don’t know if anyone is my favorite because they’re all so incredible but I must name two people who I feel were very instrumental in helping me learn; Saba Faisal provided me so much love and support from the get-go that I can’t even articulate it. Shabbir Jan Sahab taught me a lot too, I loved working with him and I got to learn a lot from him.”
He also disclosed his plans in an acting career, “I’m about to sign a telefilm as a lead, a very big film. It’s a big project. I can’t reveal anything else, it’s me and a really big superstar as the leads.”
He also expressed the desire to direct his film one day, whenever his busy schedule allows it. “Unfortunately I’m just one guy and there are only 24 hours in a day,” he started ending with a resolute “but I will.”
Many believe that Hassan might bring his charm and essence to the entertainment industry. Because of the way he changed himself for one role entirely, he knows the real meaning of acting.
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