Pakistani actor Saba Qamar, best known for her film Hindi Medium and shows such as “Thakan” and “Baaghi” in her home country, feels lucky to have worked with the late Irrfan Khan in her Bollywood debut.
The actor said she received a lot of love and recognition for Hindi Medium and hopefully, she will work again in the Hindi film industry.
She revealed that she felt over the moon after Bollywood star Vidya Balan hailed her performance in the 2017 comedy-drama feature.
I didn’t get the chance to thank all of them. I am touched, overwhelmed. I am glad I was nominated for Filmfare best actress category alongside Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Sridevi and Alia Bhatt. I feel lucky to have got the opportunity to work with Mr Irrfan Khan, Qamar told PTI in a telephonic interview from Lahore.
I am hoping for the best, I am a positive person and god willing I will work in Bollywood, she added.
She may not be acting in Hindi films due to the strained relations between India and Pakistan that had led to a ban on Pakistani actors working in Indian cinema, but Qamar has been catching up on Bollywood social dramas like Padman , Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui and Badhaai Do .
The actor, who will next be seen in Zindagi’s show “Mrs & Mr Shameem”, is happy that popular entertainment in both India and Pakistan is finally moving away from simplistic kitchen-sink dramas to focus on real issues.
In Pakistan, Qamar said, the makers have been making attempts at issue-based TV dramas and movies for a while now. Most recent example is the 2020 superhit show “Churails”, the first Pakistani original series from Zindagi which was praised for its progressive storytelling.
Mrs & Mr Shameem is set to premiere globally on ZEE5 on March 11.