Talha Chahour is making waves in the television industry after his breakthrough performance in the drama serial Jo Bichar Gaye. However, this was not his debut performance and he has already worked in drama serials Jaan e Nisar and Faraz of PTV and Aplus. A young ambitious actor, who is down to earth and has a zeal to succeed yet, not forgetting his roots – can be a few words that I can lend to describe Talha, but these are assuredly not enough to encapsulate his whole persona.
As a graduate of Government College, Lahore, and a stage performer for four years, Talha has already taken on multiple challenges on many professional platforms & now, plans to prove his mantle in the entertainment industry.
To my absolute pleasure, I got a chance to have a conversation with him about Jo Bichar Gaye and about life in general.
In the first sentence, I could not help but bring up Jo Bichar Gaye. After all, how could I not? For the past 10 weeks, Captain Farukkh is living in our hearts and taking us with him on a journey back in time!
And just like that, my conversation with Talha began in a perfectly natural course. He didn’t shy away from giving credit to the people in his life including his family, co-actors, and above all, thanking Allah for where he is today. At times he was too humble and way too generous with the compliments he gave to other people who helped him with his craft and I was completely blown away to see such humility reflecting in an individual who is reaping huge successes.
Early Life, Art and Acting
Born in Rahim Yar Khan, Talha moved to Lahore to pursue higher education at the Government College at the age of 15. After getting his degree, he went back to his home town. He described the feeling as having hit rock bottom but thanks to his parents he got back on his feet.
He further explained that his parents are the reason why he is where he is today and he hopes to continue making them proud. Talha is also grateful to his siblings and his sister-in-law for always giving a helping hand whenever he needed it.
However, his heart lay in acting. He joined Ajoka theater and performed as a stage actor for four years to polish his craft. He also took workshops from Chandigarh, Washington, Denmark, and Pakistan. Talha believed in learning from wherever he got a chance to do so.
He recited a verse from one of his favourite poems by Jaun Elia:
He passionately explained the meaning of the verse and when I didn’t fully grasp it, he didn’t hesitate for a second to explain it again. He described the meaning articulately, saying that the poet is adopting a sarcastic tone, taunting a person for whom he gave up everything, and yet that person was not there for him and came only when he had lost everything, including his individuality.
His Take On Theatre And Stage Performance
Talha has many plays under his belt during his four years in theater. He has been part of many renowned plays such as Macbeth, Bulleh Shah, Dara, Lo Phir Basant Aayi, Manto, and Bhagat Singh, to name a few. It is safe to say that his years as a theatre performer have paid off and his hardwork and experience reflect on the screen.
He says that his experience with stage acting has really aided in polishing his craft. However, he does wish that theatre actors should be given more recognition in Pakistan.
Working with both the mediums i.e television and theatre, he has enough expertise to make a distinction between the two.
He says that while he really enjoyed working on stage, he would for know take a break from it and focus primarily on television.
Jo Bichar Gaye
Backstory of how he landed the role of Captain Farrukh
Upon asking how he landed the role of Captain Farrukh, he replied:
How he prepared for the role of Captain Farrukh?
Talha explained that since he has experience in theatre, he didn’t have a hard time preparing for the role of Captain Farrukh. He took cues from the director, Haissam Hussain, who he calls his ‘godfather’.
He also explained that he got the opportunity to meet Captain Farrukh, now retired Colonel Farrukh and he fully made use of this opportunity and completely characterized his character based on how Colonel Farrukh would walk, talk and sit.
Talha tried to be in his character till the end of the shoot. He would even wear 1970s clothes in public as he was shooting for Jo Bichar Gaye. We can say with certainty that your efforts have definitely paid off!
He also explained how hard it was for him to depict this role:
On the sets of Jo Bichar Gaye and his co-stars:
Talha was appreciative of all his co-stars. He said that Maya Ali and Wahaj Ali were very supportive. In the end, it is the team effort that shows:
He revealed that mostly the atmosphere on set was very serious because Haissam Hussain is very dedicated to his craft. However, they would take out some time to have fun on the set.
Switching To A Lighter Tone
The air was getting heavy talking about Captain Farrukh and 1971 so I decided to switch to a lighter tone. Find out what was happening behind the sets!
When I gave him a hypothetical situation where if he had to play a game with Wahaj and Maya, which game would it be? He answered that it would certainly be Ludo and that he would be the sore loser (we believe that it was only a diplomatic answer!) and Maya Ali would be the most competitive one!
His Reaction To All The Love He Has Been Receiving
Talha expressed his gratitude to all his fans for putting in so much effort in making all the videos, reviewing each episode, and just giving so much love overall. He praised viewers by saying that they have a very keen observation.
For him, the biggest acknowledgment he has received is from Colonel Farrukh himself and his family.
His Mantra For Life And Message For His Fans
His advice for all the aspiring actors:
Plans For Future
Talha says that since childhood, he wanted to do something impactful and wanted to have a purpose in life. He doesn’t want to die without leaving a legacy. He hopes to bring a change in society and revealed that this is his motivation to succeed which is growing with time.
In the end, I have only one thing to say, Talha is not only an excellent performer but he puts his heart into his work and I wish him luck for all his future ventures!