Emmad Irfani, a super-model, and actor is quite well known for his photoshoots and modeling campaigns but nowadays it is his drama Cheekh that has been soaring high in the air and has also made the actor a household name. Born in Peshawar, Emmad comes from a military background, thus having traveled almost all of Pakistan during his childhood until his father retired and eventually settled in Lahore.
In his recent interview on Rewind with Samina Peerzada, Emmad gave some insight into his personal life. He stated that because of the constant shifting apropos to his father’s postings, he did not interact much with people and became a shy introvert kid.
He further revealed that his teachers thought of him as weak and a failure in life because of his disinterest in academics. The negativity and demotivation of his academic mentors thrashed his confidence thus propelling him to take on sports as a career.
In the latter half of the interview, Emmad spoke about how at the tender age of 18 he incurred a hairline fracture, which meant he could not take on sports as a career. The doctors told him it would take 2-3 years for him to recover, thus causing his mental health to deteriorate as his life long dream could not be pursued.
Opening up about depression, he said that it was his family’s support which helped him immensely. He also spoke about how sports but mainly music helped him get through the difficult phase of his life.
How Emmad coped up with his mental health
Moving further in the interview, Emmad revealed he got into modeling in the early 2000s. Modeling was a part-time job for him as at that time, he was studying and also working as a marketing manager for a company.
The turning point in his career came when he shot a TVC for Tapal with Mahira Khan. Stuck at the last scene, Emmad felt thorough pressure on himself which became a driving force for him to prove himself as an actor.
He credited his wife’s support as a healing factor all throughout. On the work front, his first stint was as a supporting actor in Sajal Aly and Sheheryar Munawar starrer Aasmanon Pay Likha. While people made fun of his acting skills, the disapproval of the audience became his motivation to prove himself worthy as a hero.
Amidst the interview, Emmad credits his newfound extrovert nature to music band Queen and Pakistani writer Manto. He shares how both of these artists helped him hone his skills whether it was through nonverbal communication, confidence boost while making conversation or a change in mindset.