ikaal Zulfiqar is recently seen in the intense drama serial Jaisay Aapki Marzi playing the role of Sherry.
Sherry is a narcissistic individual who mentally and emotionally abuses his wife Alizeh, played by Duur-e-Fishan Saleem, but plays the victim when he is called out on his behaviour.
His performance has captivated the audience leaving them on the edge of their seats wondering what he will do next.
Recently, Mikaal spoke to BBC Urdu about his character and spoke of the challenges he faced in playing such an intense role.
Mikaal Zulfiqar began by saying: “Toxic people never admit they’re toxic.
“But we need to credit Sherry for at least being who he is on your face.
“I would also like to credit the writer for this great script. I said yes to Sherry because it was a driving character.
“Usually, our dramas are female-driven and the female character is pushing the narrative forward, but in this case, it was the other way around.”
Mikaal went on to say that in accepting such a role, he was allowed to show off his acting skills and show his fans his versatility as an actor.
“To be honest, there was nothing good about Sherry, in all the scenes he is dominating Alizeh’s character. He is overpowering, and so it did not inspire me in real life.
“But as an actor, I saw a lot of margins. You could say I was selfish while accepting this script because I felt I could shine, and I did, so that’s wonderful.”
The actor was questioned if he had ever met people like Sherry in real life.
Mikaal Zulfiqar replied that the character of Sherry was inspired by real-life people and personal experiences.
“I tried to keep things natural and that’s what I’m getting compliments for as well. I did not try to force anything.
“I could have taken pauses and delivered my dialogues with emphasis on certain words, but I wanted to deliver everything fluently.
“People are calling it my best performance to date and I wouldn’t disagree with that.”
“Even if you’re acting, you’re still performing an act, real or not. I understood this seven years ago and I became very careful about the kind of characters I play.
“When I was offered the character that Ahsan Khan plays in Udaari, that of a child molester, I rejected it because I didn’t want to play that out. I have daughters of my own.”
As the interview progressed, Mikaal Zulfiqar spoke about recognising red flags in a relationship and admitted the drama was a learning curve for individuals to realise when they were in a toxic relationship.
“Jaisay Aapki Marzi is about the red flags we tend to overlook in relationships earlier on and their consequences later in life.
“Most women can relate to it because they feel their husbands or their ex-husbands were exactly like this.
“It saddens me. I think, if this drama can help people spot these red flags earlier on then it has served its purpose.
“And this isn’t just for women, but men too. Women can be toxic as well.”