Actor Azeem Sajjad With His Sons Pictures
From a young, slim and good-looking actor to a serious and mature director, Azeem’s journey started almost two decades ago. He talks about his early life, career and upcoming projects. He seems a bit exhausted, but at the same time, feels great about his works. He has been an actor, scriptwriter, model and director as well. His Urdu drama serial “Shikwa Na Shikayat Hey” is a selected piece of work by University of IOWA’s International Writing Program. “
Tell something about your education, background and family.
I was born at Quetta. My father was in army, so I was educated from different schools. We used to keep moving. I did my matriculation from Rawalpindi and attended Edwards College Peshawar for some time. I did my MBA marketing from abroad. Besides this, I pursued a diploma in film making from US.
Tell something about entering show business.
I faced camera for the first time at a very young age of sixteen. I performed at a youth program. The judge was like, “Man, you had expressions on your face while performing. Why don’t you go for acting professionally?” I didn’t take it very seriously that time. After wards, he took me for an audition. I was selected. This is how my journey started. I did my first play “Baat Chhoti Si” at the age of sixteen.
Why did you change your name from Azeem Khan to Azeem Sajjad?
(Laughs) I was representing IOWA as a Pakistani writer. It’s a paper “My name should be Khan”, written by me. I had to write a lot of papers. While I was at school, there were so many Khans, that it was difficult to differentiate. I changed my name from Azeem Khan to Azeem Sajjad, taking my father’s first name as my surname.
Is there something people don’t know about you?
(Laughs)You want me to leak out a secret. I am a very good photographer, but I never took it professionally. My spouse Belinda is an excellent photographer and has conducted most of my shoots.