Zara Sheikh: modelling first, acting later

Published: May 5, 2010

Model and actor Zara Sheikh does not want to work in Lollywood anymore because of the ‘atmosphere’ in the industry.

LAHORE: Think of Zara Sheikh and the first image that comes to mind is the stunning, traffic-stopping billboard she graced for Mobilink Jazz.

Since then, the model has acted in several hit movies including Tere Pyar Mein and Salakhein. The Express Tribune talks to Sheikh about her personal and professional life.

What are your future plans and what projects are you working on at the moment?

Right now I am acting in a British film based on the lives of people from different ethnicity and cultures in Britain. My role in the movie is very important and I accepted it because I found a lot of potential in it. The movie is being completed and will be released in the next few months. In the future, I plan to concentrate on my modelling projects since I have a lot of offers from various companies.

Many Pakistani film actors are working in Indian movies.

Why haven’t you opted for it? The truth is that I have never been offered a big and strong role from Bollywood. I do not want to do an ordinary role just for the sake of making an appearance in Bollywood. If I get a strong role, I would go for it but I do not want to do a ‘show piece’ type of role.

Any plans to work in the Pakistani film industry?

Unfortunately, the working atmosphere in Lollywood isn’t very good. When I entered the film industry I found it very different from modelling. I have done good movies but right now I don’t think that I would do any film unless it has a good script and is different.

What was your first modelling assignment?

My first modelling assignment was for Jazz. I would like to clear the misconception that I got the highest amount ever paid in Pakistan for that advertisement. I was not paid such a big amount for it.

Any plans to get married?

I am in search of the suitable person (laughing). But I have not seriously started any search. In fact, I feel this is the most boring thing to do.

What do you think makes a happy couple?

Aaaah. I think they should be mentally compatible and look good together. I saw Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik on television recently and I really liked them. They quite suit each other.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Harry John
    May 5, 2010 - 11:30AM

    I suggest talented actress like Zara & others who are educated need to sit together and think of a working plan to revive our dead movie industry. The Govt & private businesses should also help provide necessory help.Recommend

  • May 5, 2010 - 4:38PM

    What an excellent press release
    Bravo on the reporting for asking all of the tough questions. The probing questions (or there lack off) left me speechless. Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali
    May 6, 2010 - 3:18AM

    Zara Sheikh is the only fashion model cum actress who was succssesful in the Film Industry…good decision that she is preffering modelling…she is a stunning model!

    P.S Even better than Iman Ali!Recommend

  • Faraz Khan
    May 29, 2010 - 1:56PM

    The film industry was churning out garbage — it’s great that Zara Sheikh limited her endeavors there. We need to see more of her on television, and it’d be awesome if she can star in the few quality films that are such a rarity.Recommend

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