Why did you choose to become an actor?
Acting is something that just happened without any planning! Previously, I had done some theatre in Dubai and wanted a desk job at a channel or advertising company here in Pakistan. But when I went to interview at a local channel, they offered me a role instead! That’s actually how I got my first big break in Burns Road Ki Neelofar. Witnessing how the telefilm became a huge success just from the second episode was overwhelming and gave me the confidence to pursue acting further.
What inspires you?
I have always wanted to experience different characters in a society, ever since I was a child. The thought of Agar mein yeh hoti toh kya karti has inspired me to live so many different lives through my shows. It keeps me going.
What makes you different from your competitors?
Everyone in the industry is following their own paths. I have my own, they have theirs and so, I have no competition.
How has the Pakistani television industry changed in the past years?
Even though an industry requires a collective effort, some people move forward and some people stay where they are. The Pakistani television industry is slowly moving forward but in its own capacity.
You are a working woman with a husband and children. How do you maintain a work-life balance?
During the first eight years of my working career, it was difficult maintaining both personal and professional lives. Ultimately, I sat down and thought of a solution: a daily timetable. I follow this timetable now to maintain the balance.
Tell us about an idea that changed your life?
I think loving everyone makes a huge difference. If we love ourselves and everything and everyone around us without holding back, we will be able to find joy in the simple things in life.
What’s the best way to deal with failure?
Accept the failure as it is and then let it go and move ahead.
Who is your favourite director and why?
Mazhar Moin is my favourite! We have a special bonding and can understand each other.
Any advice for aspiring female actors?
Be patient and honest with yourself and always remain loyal to your work.
Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, October 26th, 2014.