Renowned actor Sajal Aly, who rarely gives interviews or takes out the time to interact with fans on social media, took to her Instagram Stories yesterday to do just that. She asked everyone to send her their queries to kick off an #AskSajjal session, and opened up about her fellow actors, recent projects, roles and the reasons behind taking them on.
Sajal also expressed her love for bhindi and strong female characters, to challenge the mindset that actors must endorse certain popular narratives to become famous.
On recent projects
When a user complimented her latest outing, Khel Khel Mein and its concept, she humbly redirected the praise towards the makers of the film. "Thank you so much for your appreciation," she said. "But credit goes to the makers of the film who took the challenge to start this conversation."
And about her latest television serial, Sinf-e-Aahan, which is an ISPR production that is already garnering praise on social media, the actor shared, "I wanted to be a part of something that represents the transformation of women, who are usually called sinf-e-nazuk, to sinf-e-aahan (Women of Steel)."
She was also made to recall her character Chammi from 2018 drama serial Aangan, and dubbed her "fire".
On filmmakers, fellow actors
Asked about her experience of working with Jemima Khan in What's Love Got To Do With It?, Sajal stated: "She's one of the coolest people I've ever worked with." Moving on to comment on fellow actors, she wrote about Ramsha Khan, "Bohat pyaari hai yaar (She's really pretty), brave, hardworking and extremely caring!"
About her experience of working with Dananeer Mobeen, a social media sensation who's now a budding actor, Sajal recalled: "My day would start by annoying her. And then one day I fell in love with her. Dil bhi laga liya inke saath. Now I miss those days. Dananeer was like my morning coffee and evening tea."
She then praised Yumna Zaidi by calling her an amazing performer. "She's very special to me and what an amazing performer. She's very honest with her craft. No amount of praise can do her justice."
When a fan suggested that they thought that Sajal would be a diva to interact with, she assured them "Mein shadeed masoom hun (I am extremely innocent), promise."
When a user lamented how they can never call Sajal their 'bandi', she consoled them by saying, "Koi baat nahi beta, Aapi keh saktay ho (No worries sweety, you can call me Aapi)." Ouch! we felt that...
And when asked about her favourite food, Sajal responded: "I love bhindi," So we're guessing that's where the glow stems from?
Nevertheless, here's hoping we can see more of Sajal on TV and cinema screens, especially in powerful roles capable of inducing change. Keep at it, girl!
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