From Bradford to the big screen: Local cabbie stars in Pakistani comedy
A grandfather-of-four from Bradford says he has no plans to slow down his pursuit of a career in the acting industry after landing one of his biggest roles to date.
Mehmood Sultan, 64, has appeared in countless dramas and films overseas since the 1970s and can even be spotted in a past episode of ITV’s hit police drama, DCI Banks.
However, it is his latest role, as a judge in the Pakistani film ‘Actor in Law’ that the local taxi driver turned actor says he is most proud of.
“I appear for around eight minutes in total in the film,” he said. “It was a fantastic experience and only came about because I was
“To be able to go and see the film in cinema in Bradford is great. I will be taking my friends and family to see it many times.”
Actor in Law stars Fahad Mustafa and Mehwish Hayat alongside film legend Om Puri for a funny and thought-provoking comedy about an aspiring actor who becomes a lawyer.
Directed by Nabeel Qureshi, the film was launched earlier this month and is currently showing at cinemas across the UK.
Mehmood, who was approached to feature in the movie by its director, says he really enjoyed taking part in the production and has high hopes of continuing to make a name for himself in film.
“I was cast as a judge by Nabeel who is a good friend of mine,” he added. “For the role, I had to have a haircut and trim my beard, and then it was all about my appearance in court.
“This is one of the biggest roles of my career. It was really fun to do as the film was a comedy so there were always a lot of laughs.”
He added: “I just want to carry on acting,” he said. “This is what I love to do.”
The film has already received rave reviews from critics around the world following its release.
Speaking from Pakistan, Nabeel said he was delighted to see the finished production and praised Mehmood for his role in the film.
“I contacted Mehmood because we have worked together before,” he said. “He did a really good job and the film looks great.”
Last year, Mehmood was cast in a three-minute part in ‘Welcome to Karachi’ which was shot at a number of locations across Bradford.