With Jackson Heights coming to an end amidst mixed reviews and Mera Naam Yousuf Hai getting off to a strong start, Mehreen Jabbar’s is a name very much on the minds of Pakistani drama viewers these days. But even for those who’ve not had a chance to watch these current serials, Mehreen’s illustrious TV career spans over two decades.
Her body of work includes classics like Ab Tum Ja Saktey Ho, Farar, Kahaniyan, Aur Zindagi Badalti Hai, Abba Amma aur Ali, Putli Ghar, Harjaee, Dhoop Mein Sawan, the immensely popular Pehchaan, Doraha, Malal, Vasl, Daam, and the more current lot of telefilms like Ghoonghat, Na Tum Na Main, Dil Mera Dharkan Teri, and serials like Mata-e Jaan, Neeyat, Coke Kahani, Rehaee, the recently concluded Jackson Heights and the currently on-air Mera Naam Yousuf Hai – and to think these are only a few that I remember off the top of my head!
And it’s not just on TV where Mehreen’s made her mark, her feature film Ramchand Pakistani (2008) was very warmly received and garnered a lot of critical acclaim on the film festival circuit.
My bare bones clunky introduction does not even begin to scratch the surface of Mehreen’s very impressive resume, but I leave that for you all to fill in. I know we have many Mehreen Jabbar fans here and several had requested that we invite her for a Q&A session, so here we are!
I am delighted to announce that Mehreen has very graciously agreed to this readers’ interview. All those questions that you’ve always wanted to ask her – increasing commercialism in dramas, more tears = higher ratings formula for success, her take on TRPs, her thoughts on the new wave of Pakistani cinema – to the more recent questions that we’ve been discussing: Jackson Heights mein yeh kyon hua and woh kyon nahin hua, what went wrong where – to the ones you might have about her new serial – Mera Naam Yousuf Hai – here is your opportunity to have your questions answered.
A few things to keep in mind:
- The last date for posting your questions is Friday, March 27th 2015.
- Post each question as a separate comment.
- Please do not repeat questions that have already been asked.
- Avoid personal comments and refrain from rude questions and abusive language.
Written by SZ~