My mother was very strict but professional in her outlook. She had the foresight to see that I could make a career out of show-biz. Her only reservation was that I must complete my education along with my professional commitments. Once she saw that I could do both, she supported me all the way. Similarly, Umar wanted a balance
between work and family life and once we reached that balance he has been supporting me thoroughly.
You have a background in fine arts, why didn’t you pursue a career in arts?
Well, in a way I am pursuing a career in fine arts. I have produced/directed more then ten docudramas on fashion, history of film and biographies of actors and actresses belonging to the sub-continent. Some of these are divas & gurus, Chand Chera and Zikr Us Pari Wash Ka have been declared as masterpieces by the national press and are highly appreciated.
You have worked with countless designers, who is your favorite and why?
That’s an easy one; I would say Omar Saeed because there is no one who makes clothes better than him. I actually recommend that his work should be put in a museum because it’s out of this world!
How many TV serials and shows you have worked in and which is your most memorable?
Iffat, Tahira & vaneeza
That’s a toughie because seriously I have lost count, but I think a ball park figure would be around 50. The most memorable, at least for me, is Banoo Ko Pahchano which was written and directed by Salman Shahid.
A lot of models have turned to acting, does acting come naturally to models or do TV people just approach models in general?
It’s actually a bit of both. We have to be honest; show-biz is still considered a taboo by most segments of Pakistani society. So girls who have, so as to say, crossed
the threshold are the ones who are in modeling and are always easy to approach. However, acting is not a natural extension of modeling, most models try, but don’t cut it. So I wouldn’t say that it comes naturally to them, although it might give them an advantage.
You are a working woman, a wife and a mother; how do you balance all these roles?
By keeping my priorities in order i.e., family and then work. It’s not easy, but once you get your priorities right everything else falls in place. Although in my case
it was a little easier because my mother and then my husband both have supported me in my career. I also make it a point to not take on too much work, and what ever
work I do, I finish by 8 or 9 in the evening so that I can be at home when my daughter goes to sleep.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Reading and of course shoes, bags and clothes. I have to admit, I love to shop and this is one thing I have never lost interest in and no woman should (laughs).
What advice would you give to the young people who want to enter modeling and acting?
It’s a good career with a lot of opportunities, but also a lot of pitfalls if you don’t keep your head up straight. So go for it, but tread with care.
Lastly, your message to the readers of The Saturday Post.
I think you people living out there in the U.S. can help the country in projecting a positive image and especially in changing the perceptions about Pakistan. These days, all that matters are perceptions as no one is going to come here to know the actual truth. So please, please don’t let our country go down any further and make
sure that in every action you project is the best our country has to offer to all other nationalities and the rest of the world.