Furqan Qureshi recently featured in an exclusive interview with Something Haute, sharing his life journey, the complex relationship he has had with money and his long struggle as an actor before finally making it big.
Sitting in a black Tommy Hilfiger shirt, Furqan spoke at length about the pivotal role money has played in life, and how it has shaped how he is as a person today. On a very practical note, Furqan said “One needs to have food in their stomach, before they can start dreaming.”
Furqan says that he started off with a very comfortable life, going to an international school in Colombo, Sri Lanka, but after the death of his father, around the time when he was in his twenties, things changed. The day that Furqan’s father passed away the family had an estimate of around Rs. 1200 in his bank account and from them onwards, Furqan’s two older sisters bore the household expenses with whatever little salaries they had.
About this time Furqan says that, him and his family were living from hand-to-mouth and it used to show in his appearance. He says he would eat well but could not afford a nutritionally tailored diet and lifestyle to build a gym body, because of which he was healthy but extremely skinny. Moreover, he always had talent but he could not afford the luxuries to fully groom himself in terms of hair, skin, clothes and overall physical appearance, because of which he was getting roles on and off, but was not able to secure a promising role for most of the early part of his career.
We hear you Furqan!!! He also talked about how things became all the more difficult, because of the comforts and luxuries he had during the earlier part of his life, as there was constantly a standard which he felt he had to match up to.
We empathize with Furqan and we are glad he is who he is today. We agree that money is necessary to sustain ourselves in the world we live in today, but should it become the only focus of our entire lives? That is still a question. The interview really brought to life Hazrat Ali’s saying:
Aim to live in this world without allowing the world to live inside you, because when a boat sits on water it sails perfectly, but when water enters inside the boat, it sinks.
Imam Ali (AS)
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