Seldom is it we get drama serials unafraid of addressing issues we as a society like to brush under the carpet. Magar yahan with Jackson Heights Vasay Chaudhry and Mehreen Jabbar have opened up a veritable Pandora’s Box. From domestic abuse, to battered spouses, to illegal immigrants, to green card marriages, to a widespread perception of a luxurious lifestyle abroad, to leechar relatives happily mooching off of remittances sent in by hardworking family members, older women falling for younger men, jalebis taking on human guises, you name it and we see it here. Nothing sugar coated, no fancy wrappings, sab kuch striped down to a gritty uncomfortable reality.
Of all that we see highlighted in Jackson Heights. Salma’s domestic situation and her response to her husband and mother-in-law’s physical and emotional abuse has generated a lot of debate and discussion. How many times have we shaken our heads and asked each other: Why the heck is Salma still with Sikander, why doesn’t she just walk out, us ke aur Bhatti sahab ke beech mein kiya chal raha hai, why doesn’t she ask Aliya for help, doesn’t she ever wanna stomp her feet and throw a hissy fit, why is she so annoyingly saabir-o shaakir… kyon Salma kyon??
Put together, all these whys got me cooking khayali pulaos ke kitna accha ho agar mujhe kabhi Aamina Sheikh kahin takra jayen… bus phir tau I would ask her this thing, offer her that mashwara, poocho yeh sawal, and daanto her about that … you know how there are so many things we’ve discussed about this beautifully, written, directed and acted character. Magar phir main ne socha akele baatein karne mein kya maza. We’ve been discussing Salma together as a group so why should I be the only one to ask her questions, wouldn’t be fair now, would it?
It was with these thoughts in mind I got in touch with Aamina and to my absolute delight she not only responded but was gracious enough to agree to this kuch hatke qisam ka interview. So chalein, let’s get down to it and conduct our first character/celebrity interview!!
A few things to bear in mind:
- Post your questions in the comments section below.
- Thursday 1/15 is the last day to post your questions, comments, advice, jo bhi.
- Ask as many questions as you want but please post each separately, making it easier to read and respond.
- You are more than welcome to share your appreciation for Aamina’s body of work, but please limit your questions to this particular character only.
- No personal comments or abusive language.
Tau bas aap sab ho jayen shuru and poocheye Salma se sawal, dijeye mashwarey, and offer hamdardi…
Written by SZ~