Starting off the conversation with a personal introduction, Arif disclosed that he often gets mistaken for more prominent individuals sharing his name in Pakistan. One is a renowned architect and town planner, while the other is a retired Lieutenant General and the President of the Pakistan Olympic Association. He humorously recounted an incident when a news channel mistook him for the town planner and invited him for a live television discussion about a building collapse, which was caught on camera.
As he delved into his journey into the world of arts, Arif candidly confessed to having limited prior acting experience before taking on the pivotal role in "Zindagi Tamasha." In fact, his involvement in a few theater projects had been a thing of the past by the time he embarked on the 2019 film.
"Arif Hassan is not at all an actor," he admitted. "Till now, I have only done three or four theatre projects. And that too, a long time ago, back in the 1990s." In the course of their discussion, Arif also revealed that his friend, the writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif, played a pivotal role in connecting him with Sarmad, ultimately leading to their collaboration on "Zindagi Tamasha."
"I felt that," shared Arif, reflecting on his experience embodying Rahat, a character who transitions from happiness to a challenging state when a video of his dancing to a song becomes public, subjecting him to societal backlash.
"Zindagi Tamasha," released in 2019, garnered numerous accolades at international film festivals, including Best Film at the UK Asian Film Festival, Asian World Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, and Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival. The film features a cast that includes Samiya Mumtaz, Eman Suleman, Nadia Afghan, and Adeel Afzal. After a period of uncertainty, it was recently made available on YouTube for Pakistani audiences.