In a groundbreaking achievement for Pakistani talent, Ali Hasnain has emerged as the first and only Pakistani actor to be honored with the prestigious National Theatre UK Award for “Best Actor” in the Foreign Language Film category. His remarkable feat was accomplished through his outstanding performance in the Artists in Quarantine Challenge, a competition organized by the Royal National Theatre UK. Recently, EMEA Tribune editor DJ Kamal Mustafa had the privilege of connecting with Ali Hasnain online to delve into his inspiring journey. In their conversation, Ali revealed the arduous process behind the competition and the significant recognition his performance received, including acknowledgment from the late Queen Elizabeth II herself. We want to remind the audience that Ali is the first South Asian to win the competition.
Who is Ali Hasnain?
Ali Hasnain shared his experience of participating in the Artists in Quarantine Challenge, highlighting its purpose of nurturing creativity among actors and exploring ways to cope with unprecedented situations in the future while showcasing their acting skills. The competition welcomed entries from all corners of the globe, promising to select only a few for live performances. Ali successfully maneuvered through a rigorous selection procedure that involved recording a short film and later performing for a distinguished audience comprising British actors, directors, and industry professionals.
After a long wait filled with anticipation, Ali Hasnain received the news that he had been chosen as a finalist in the competition—an accolade in itself. However, the magnitude of his achievement was magnified when he learned that his exceptional performance had captured the attention of the late Queen Elizabeth II, a rare honor bestowed upon only a select few. The recognition from such a revered figure in British culture further solidified Ali’s status as an exceptional actor, elevating his journey to even greater heights.
In his interview with DJ Kamal Mustafa, Ali Hasnain expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the Artists in Quarantine Challenge. He shared his perspective on the importance of creativity and resilience in the face of challenging circumstances, emphasizing the role of actors in adapting to new realities and continuing to deliver compelling performances. The conversation also touched upon the significance of being acknowledged by Queen Elizabeth II and the profound impact it had on Ali’s career and aspirations.