Hailing from Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir, Raja Sarfaraz is a writer and an actor. He is the author of a well-known book ‘Tears of Kashmir’. He has also acted in many web series.
For Sarfaraz projects based on the social message is something he aspires to do more. “For me, art is not just entertainment only, but it is a responsibility to light up darkness through visual ideas,” he told Rising Kashmir.
Earlier, Sarfaraz said, he was more into writing but got inclined towards acting after taking up few projects.
“When I was pursuing my engineering course, I started taking up a few modelling projects and found myself more inclined towards acting. I also started doing plays in theatres to make myself technically efficient.”
Sarfaraz has worked in the Hindi feature film of J&K Ye Meri Kahani hai- Damini based on 2013 Delhi Rape case as the main lead actor.
He has also acted in ‘92 Hours’ web series and played the lead negative role, besides in ‘Cyanide’ web series directed by Rahat Kazmi released in 2021 sharing screen with Sara Khan, Sharib Hashmi and others.
On his inspiration, Sarfaraz said, “There isn’t any particular actor whom I can name as my inspiration. But yes I love to follow Hrithik Roshan in looks and actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Naseeruddin Shah etc… in acting.
Speaking about the challenges, he said every role is challenging and has a different requirement.
“My most challenging role so far is my upcoming web series ‘Ambush’ in which I am playing a special cop. The shooting for the web series was done in Kashmir in freezing temperatures in Doodhpathri and other forests of Kashmir.”
‘Ambush’ has been written by Sarfaraz and directed by Shahid Kazmi.
He has also worked as a director in ‘Yamberzal’ which is a feature film recently shot in Kashmir casting 12-year-old Kashmiri boy Ahmed. The film will be screened at several international film festivals this month.
Sarfaraz is also working on his upcoming book ‘An Apology To The Contemporary World’. “There are few projects I am working on, besides on many web series and music videos,” he added.
“I am very grateful that the Almighty has bestowed me with talent for writing and acting.
“Writing honestly makes me feel peaceful and acting makes me feel lively. Writing is my first love,” he said.
He has worked for menstrual hygiene for women in rural areas and has distributed sanitary napkins among families in far off areas in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and other places.
The young actor feels youth should use their creativity and come forward to contribute to society in whatever way they could.