‘The actor woke up and realised she never wanted to act’

Published: October 18, 2010
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Marina Khan says she would love to have at least one film to her credit. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Marina Khan says she would love to have at least one film to her credit. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

In the 1980s and 1990s, Marina Khan was one of the most sought-after stars in the country. She made her debut in a production about Nishan-e-Haider recipient Rashid Minhas and is now a household name. Her roles in plays such as “Tanhaiyan”, “Dhoop Kinarey” and “Nijaat” highlighted her versatility, as she could play a stoic heroine or a giggly prankster with incredible charm.

But anyone hoping she will return to the limelight is in store for disappointment.

When asked why she has ‘disappeared’ from TV productions, she smiles and says, “The actor is dead. She woke up one day and realised she never wanted to act, then she got involved in direction which she still loves to do.”

Marina Khan says she would love to direct a film. “I have certain standards that I will be competing with, but I would love to have one film to my credit before I die!”

“The last play that I really enjoyed doing was Saira Kazmi’s ‘Tum Se Kehna Tha’ (The play also starred Ali Haider). I don’t enjoy it anymore. As far as direction is concerned, I love the creative part of it — the sets, the production, the behind the scenes work. This is what I now enjoy doing the most.”

She reminisces about her role as Dr Zoya Ali Khan in “Dhoop Kinarey”. “It was a good story which was told very well. Saira Kazmi knows the art of storytelling and visualises stories beautifully. ‘Dhoop Kinarey’ was a love story. It was made at a time when there was a lot of censorship … directing or producing a play was a difficult task. The credit goes to Saira Kazmi for masterfully handling the play. You get to see the intensity on screen … it was so beautiful. Whether it was the scene in the rural set-up or the one when the blast victims are brought to the hospital, every part was skillfully performed and directed.  Even though there were times when people thought that I would not do justice to the role, it was Saira Kazmi who truly believed in me.”

Khan believes television productions have become better. “I think we have improved greatly in the last five years,” she told The Express Tribune. “But there is still the concept of showing extramarital affairs on screen, which is something we heavily rely on when telling the story, even though it is not openly discussed in our country. We still need to differentiate between the character, an actor and a production. I still believe an actor can never be bigger than a director.”

Khan also hosted a morning talk show for a local television channel. When asked why she stopped, Khan says, “Morning shows air all over the world. In Pakistan, it is a different ball game. A ‘morning show’ is a ‘night-time show’. It is not supposed to be a comedy show. We call guests to morning shows and relentlessly abuse them. You don’t abuse people who are your guests. Generally speaking, in morning shows you call people and talk to them … you keep to the positive side of the story. At that hour, you need to energise people. But then ratings speak for themselves, and the audience is highly responsible for promoting such shows. We should not blame the hosts for that. They are not responsible, the audience is responsible.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2010.

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  • Maz
    Oct 19, 2010 - 10:05AM

    She is my favourite actor!!!Recommend

  • Asad
    Oct 19, 2010 - 10:11AM

    i agree with 2 of her thoughts and want to promote them
    1st, lot of extramarital affairs is being shown in our dramas. not only discussed, it does not occur in the lives of the masses too in our society. such productions only give aspirations to youth to think about it which is not a preferred one. they have got these themes from western novels and movies irrespective of seeing cultural and values’ differences.
    2nd, all morning shows despite their highest ratings, are gossip’s show. they don’t have any criteria for choosing guests due to which the audience are compelled to get life lessons from no ones. nowadays 2 of the main hosts are absent from the scene (who are ahead in abusing guests and highlighting more about their own lives rather than guests’) for some reasons and really their absence does not make any meaningful difference at all !
    marina, i guess you should also show up with some mature work and some unique subjects with new talent. people are bored to see old faces, really. Recommend

  • Pseudo
    Oct 19, 2010 - 10:47AM

    Morning shows are terrible. period.Recommend

  • Gulshad Ahmed
    Oct 19, 2010 - 1:31PM

    she is among those who are actually actors. One of my favorite star. Mareena please try to polish the youngsters sharing your experiences with themRecommend

  • Adnan Khalid
    Oct 19, 2010 - 11:01PM

    she iz gr8Recommend

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