Versatility, thy name is Hina Dilpazir

Published: December 26, 2012
While she is a raging success on TV, the actor says theatre is her first love. PHOTO: FAIZAN ISLAM/PUBLICITY

While she is a raging success on TV, the actor says theatre is her first love. PHOTO: FAIZAN ISLAM/PUBLICITY

From her debut performance in Burns Road ki Nilofer to her most recent one as Momo in Bulbulay, Hina Dilpazir has gained unprecedented success and has left her imprints on the small screen.

Her work, however, knows no bounds as she has done some theatre in her career as well, with one being National Academy of Performing Arts’ (Napa) Dil Ka Kya Rang Karoon. But her current performance in ARY Digital’s Qudusi Sahab Ki Bewa, in which she is juggling the roles of 12 different characters, is by far her most impressive. In a telephonic interview with The Express Tribune, Dilpazir explains that she doesn’t work as much as people think she does and is not a workaholic — she just has too many roles assigned to her.

“It’s such a well-written script,” she says, when asked how she pulls off each character to the best of her capability. If you have watched her playing Rooh Afza, Badarqa and Shakuran, you at once be convinced of how incredibly versatile the actor is. From distinctive accents to drastically different looks, Dilpazir has mastered the art. “Before I hop onto the journey of playing a character, I sit down and sketch it. That is how I understand the role better,” she says. She adds that it’s imperative to know the role you will play in and out, before making the dive and doing justice to it.

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She also talks about the difference between theatre and television. “Theatre has a limited audience and is certainly a little more difficult because emotions need to be expressed out loud and you need to know the script, word by word,” says Dilpazir. “Whereas, TV on the other hand, is a medium where even the smallest of gestures is captured by the camera.” Even after the widespread recognition she has received for her work on television, Dilpazir’s first love remains stage performance. “I prefer theatre. I simply love it,” she says.

Speaking about the Turkish drama issue which has sparked controversy lately, Dilpazir feels it can easily be warded off. “My main agenda supports the fact that only Pakistani dramas should be aired on any channel’s prime time and foreign content should co-exist but not at the prime hours,” she says in patriotic spirit, adding that our dramas will otherwise fall victim to these overpowering foreign shows and lose their purpose.

“It’s not insecurity which is making me say this; I think that thousands of people associated with these channels are affected as a result,” she says. However, she concurs with many others from the industry and feels this should be regarded as healthy competition and should in turn, encourage producers and actors to increase the quality of local dramas.

Within a short period of time, Dilpazir has won the hearts of many with her versatility, specifically her comic persona, and feels blessed to have worked with an actor such as Bushra Ansari in Annie Ki Ayegi Baraat. She regrets, however, not receiving the chance of working with the late Moin Akhtar. “I hope the drama industry will be better in 2013; today, there is a genuine desire for an artist to prove his worth on screen,” she says.

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“Channels are involved in the rat race of achieving the highest ratings these days,” she adds. However, she also feels TV is a medium which should highlight moralistic stories.

Besides being involved in television and theatre, Dilpazir says there are two things she cannot live without: poetry and music. “I am a big fan of classical music and thumri,” she says, adding that she adores Roshan Ara Begum, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Master Madan and Begum Akhtar.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Salman
    Dec 26, 2012 - 9:02PM

    She is outstanding actress.


  • Dec 26, 2012 - 9:26PM

    She is without doubt one of the most talented people to have started on the small screen in a LONG time. Watching her and Bushra Ansari together in Annie Ki Ayegi Barat was an absolute hoot!


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 12:03AM

    A late starter but no doubt very good actress.


  • rish
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:33AM

    I don have words for her g8 skills. Simply thumbs up for her. She truly deserves oscar and akadmy awardx for QSKB!!! and this drama shud rate as PG 18:pRecommend

  • rish
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:50AM

    GOd bless u hina dilpazeer. U truly desrreves oscar and acadmy awards… I love QSKB an ur g8 acting. after bushra ansari we have got u… Stay Blessed:)


  • Mast Malang
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:06AM

    When I see her performing those numerous demanding roles on QSKB, I just hold my head and try to consume that an actor could be this much versatile. She surely deserves something oscar-like for her work.


  • Mubashir
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:55AM

    A rare talent…. Bravo.


  • Saqib
    Dec 27, 2012 - 9:09AM

    Love her even my 2 year old daughter is big fan of Momo. :)


  • sensible
    Dec 27, 2012 - 9:30AM

    the character of “momo” will be eternal!


  • Dec 27, 2012 - 10:19AM

    A big big fan – she is the best.


  • AA
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:42AM

    She is fabulous and an extraordinary artist “but” I dont like the way she talks in real. Fame and continuous success seems to have made her look arrogant. I remember there was a Bulbulay meet up and she was continuously looking on her cell phone as if others are talking crap, her body language was of a person who feels proud and even went on to say something like “mene baray baray actors kay sath kaam kia hay”. I think she should realize it that being humble is more appropriate in the eyes of people.
    Anyway, this objection of mine cannot undermine my liking of her acting…..Thumbs up Hina for your awesome acting


  • Mdsr
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:03AM

    She is definitely a brilliant actor. Perhaps the best among all out there now. Whether its bulbulay or QSKB, i just love watching her. May Allah bless u Hina


  • Abdul Wasay Korejo
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:34PM



  • Irshad Khan
    Dec 27, 2012 - 12:40PM

    Nothing parallel. Outstanding is a small word for her.


  • Zezu
    Dec 27, 2012 - 5:40PM



  • Raza Khan
    Dec 30, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Her acting as Qudoosi Sahib Ki Bewa is simply Superb & out of this World! She is one of the best versatile actress in Pakistan. We love you.


  • Mehek Ji
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:03AM

    No words for her performance.Simply say thumbs up…….love u hina aapa….:)


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