The stunning Saba Qamar has created waves in the industry, not just because of her looks, but also her incredible talent as an actress. qyt sits down with this diva to talk about work, love and so much more!
You’re one of the few faces in today’s industry that epitomises the glamour of the heroines of yester-years. Why do you think that is?
Thank you so much, Qasim, that means a lot. I’m very passionate about my work and I take it very seriously. A lot of people tell me that because I’m not active on social media or I don’t socialise, I will lose out. When you love what you do, I think it shines through in your personality.
You started off with modeling, dabbled in comedy, started acting in TV serials and finally moved on to the big screen. Which part has been your favourite?
I did a bit of modeling but I always felt it wasn’t for me. I was born to be an actor.
Tell me about your experience transitioning to the silver screen.
It’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve learned so much in both fields. There is a big difference between the two mediums; in television, small gestures and details aren’t that important, whereas on the big screen, each and every movement is registered. Being a film actress is definitely more challenging, but I love it!
Are you saying you act in real life too?
Aren’t we all actors? I feel people act much more off screen in order to fulfil the various roles and responsibilities that they are obligated to. On screen, you still have the margin to make a mistake, whereas in real life you don’t.
For any actress, the character’s wardrobe is of utmost importance. In Lahore Se Aagay, you were primarily in just one outfit. How did you feel about that?
Wardrobe is really important because it defines your character. Unfortunately, our industry is still new, and while producers will spend money on huge equipment, they won’t bother with small details that can make or break a character. While it’s true that the story was set over two days, I could easily have incorporated a few outfit changes into my scenes, but no one bothered with it. Even what I wore was out of my own closet!
Your comedic timing is impeccable. Is it difficult to make people laugh?
It’s really easy to make people feel sorry for you, but to get them to laugh along with you is a real challenge.
What is your opinion on item numbers?
A television drama is something you see with your family in the confines of your home, so the content is understandably restrictive. Cinema, however, is a place you go and pay money to, to get entertained. A film has to be a complete package; it has to have glamour, keep your attention and leave you satisfied. So of course, I don’t mind doing item numbers.
Do you believe you’re a good dancer?
I love to dance but I don’t know if I’m any good at it. The first thing I do in the morning is play music on my home system and just groove to it.
You’re a great mimic. Who is your favourite person to imitate?
Hina Rabbani Khar. It comes effortlessly.
What do the following actresses have that your don’t have?
Mahira Khan: Long hair.
Mahnoor Baloch: Beautiful skin.
Meera Ji: Her great sense of humour.
Reema Khan: Her intelligence.
Are you single?
I am one hundred percent single. I don’t fantasize about a Prince Charming, in fact, I’m very practical. I don’t want someone taking care of me because I’m fiercely independent. I just want respect, and that’s something I can’t compromise on.
The funniest rumour you’ve heard about yourself?
That I’m into money laundering. It was funny and shocking at the same time!
What would you like to say to the following people:
1) People who talk about your fashion sense:
Everyone has their own taste. I’ll wear a sack if I feel like it and if you don’t like they way I dress, that’s your problem not mine.
2) People who find you sultry:
Tell them that they have great taste, haha.
3) People who say that marriage is the end of an actor’s career:
It’s not true! As long as you’re a good actor, nothing can stop you. Case in point: Fawad Khan.
Rank Humaima Malick, Mawra Hocane, Mahira Khan and Mehwish Hayat in order of fashion sense:
Mahira, Mawra, Humaima and finally, Mehwish.
An idea that changed your life:
Deciding to do the serial Maat. That was a great decision at just the right time. I got recognition worldwide and offers came pouring in, including those from Bollywood.
Speaking of Bollywood, your film with Irrfan Khan is almost ready. Tell us about it.
It’s called Hindi Medium and is releasing in March 2017. I can’t tell you too much about the story, but I’m sure you will love it!
How was your Bollywood experience?
Unbelievable! I can’t tell you how much love and respect I got there. I always get homesick when I’m shooting abroad, but I stayed in Delhi for two months and honestly, I didn’t want to leave. I really wish we could leave our conflicts behind, think positive and embrace peace. g