Sometimes when an actor newly enters into showbiz, it is hard to say how far he or she will go in terms of achieving success. Najaf Bilgrami was also one of the actors who started of his career with minor roles in different dramas but was not known for them as much as he got known for the work he did a few years later.
As a newcomer, Najaf landed acting roles in a few dramas. However, all his roles as a beginner were supporting roles. Those who remember the dramas shown in 1990s might remember his appearance in the comedy drama serial 'Agent X', starring Fakhr-e-Alam as the main lead. The drama was shown on the formerly known channel STN.
He made another performance in an Eid play, which also starred Humayun Saeed. However, after working in these dramas, Najaf pretty much vanished from the screen. As it turned out, he was studying film and direction at the London Film School. After finishing his studies, he made a comeback to showbiz but this time round, his role was stronger behind the camera.
He did the camera work and cinematography for the documentary 'Bhooli Hui Dastaan' made on the Pakistani film industry. In 2005, he launched his directorial debut with a five minute film called 'Mind The Gap'.
His most successful venture behind the camera has, however, been 'Zibahkhana' which was released in 2007. Najaf was the cinematographer for the movie that went on to receive critical acclaim. The movie won awards in film festivals held in Texas, Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
He then co-directed a documentary titled 'Wagah', detailing the flag post ceremony that takes place at the Indo-Pak border every day. The documentary won the Berlin Award in 2009.
He did not give up acting completely, however, as he acted in the tele films 'Babu Jee Dheeray Chalna' and 'Desi Girls' as well as the drama serial 'Qutubuddins', all three of them airing on Geo TV.