Saad Asif a star in the making

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Showbiz circles have called the emergence of child star Saad Asif on the horizon a pleasant addition to the field. Saad has been doing TV commercials since the age of nine, but his recent role in the drama series Badnaseeb has brought him into the limelight.

In this series from a private TV production house, Saad made his debut playing the role of a high school student Shahzad, whose only sin in the drama is that he tries to help his cousin who lost her mother. However, the girl’s suspicious father thinks otherwise and creates problems for the two families, which are closely linked.

At Badnaseeb, Saad worked with veteran artists like Samina Ahmed, Sangeeta and Kamran Jilani and, to his credit, impressed viewers with his acting.

It has featured in no less than 18 national and international brands. In TV commercials he has worked with Sunita Marshal, Talath Hussain, Samina Ahmed and Hassan Ahmed to name a few.

Saad, an 8th grade student at the Army Public School, is also a talented sportsman and has competed in various national and international sports. His hobbies include swimming, reading books and playing video games. Saad, 15, represented Pakistan at the Asian Student Olympics in Sri Lanka and Thailand. He also participated in badminton and football championships in Bangkok. He won the silver medal in badminton for his country. In the badminton final, he faced Indian player Ravi Kumar, who was four years older than him. Winning a silver medal was a big achievement in itself and a great learning experience for the teenager, who gained a lot of confidence from this international exposure.

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Saad insists on the need to organize more international tournaments for teenagers so that they have enough opportunities to gain international exposure and excel in sports to win laurels for the country.

“If our players are continuously exposed to international tournaments and have the opportunity to train abroad, Pakistani players can also secure a place on the winning stands on the international stage,” Saad said.

He added that taking part in the matches and playing against players from Sri Lanka, Thailand and India was an invaluable experience for him.

“These countries offer good infrastructure right from school level, which allows young people to get involved in sport at an early age,” he added. “They even give diet plans and other facilities to young athletes. I think these are the reasons why players from these countries seem fit, both mentally and physically.

Saad, who also received an education at the Foundation United Soccer Academy (FUSA), said he wants to become a professional soccer player in the future.


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