Our guest this time around needs absolutely no introduction. Arguably one of Pakistan’s best actors, Sania’s is a name synonymous with class and quality on Pakistani TV. For legions of drama enthusiasts just her name is reason enough to give that particular project at least one serious dekho. And, as a fan of hers for pretty much forever it is my absolute honor and privilege to host this interview session with the inimitable Sania Saeed.
Sania made her debut on TV in the late ’80’s and today her body of work includes projects like Ab Tum Jaa Saktey Ho, Aahat, Sitara Aur Mehrunissa, Aur Zindagi Badalti Hai, Kahaniyan, Putli Ghar, Faraar, Zaibunnisa, Shayad Ke Bahar Aaye, Qatil, Thori Si Khushiyan, Khamoshiyan, The Ghost, Kalmoohi, Aao Kahani Bunte Hain, Jhumka Jaan, Hum Pe Jo Guzarti Hai, Zard Mausam, Kitni Girhen Baqi Hain, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Aseerzadi, Numm, to name just a few.
More recently, Sania’s take on Safia in the absolutely brilliant Manto is one that will stay with me for a long, long while. And now, starting the 24th of April, we have Sarmad Khoosat’s much anticipated Mor Mahal to look forward to, wherein Sania will be essaying the role of an oracle.
I realize I must’ve forgotten many wonderful plays in this woefully inadequate listing, but even within these I cannot help but be struck by the fact that right from the begining of her career Sania has defied easy categorization. Though she’s typically been the lead we’ve never really seen her as the quintessential desi heroine, but then she has not been playing the typical maa, behen, biwi, bhabhi type roles either. What Sania’s gifted us in their stead, are characters in the real sense of the word.
No matter what their circumstances, her women have been individuals in their own right, with a strong sense of self. Moreover, Sania’s never been the one to shy away from experimenting with her looks and creating unique characters. Given this career trajectory it will be interesting to hear what she makes of the current crop of glamorized dramas and their parade of one mazloom aurat after another.
Most of us may know of Sania Saeed solely because of her work on television but it is infact on stage where she has done some of her best work.
Born in a family where education, literature, political activism, and theater all went hand in hand, Sania has carried forward this legacy with a lot of grace as she continues to push for social justice through her work in the theater. Her recent stage play Lorilei was very well received by audiences in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. Apart from acting, Sania is also as an accomplished TV anchor and host, and a passionate women’s rights activist.
I can go on and on, but suffice it to say that there is a lot we can discuss with the typically reclusive Sania. I do not have to tell you how special this occasion is and I hope you will all join me in thanking Sania for her graciousness in agreeing to do this thora hatke interview with us.
Share your appreciation, offer feedback and ask interesting and fun questions, the kind you’ve always wished to be asked. Koshish kar key avoid the usual type ke sawal takey mil saken samajhdar aur mazedar jawab.
Please keep in mind:
- The last date for posting questions is Friday, April 30th 2016.
- Ask as many questions but please post each as a separate comment.
- Do not repeat questions that’ve already been asked.
- Post your questions in the comments section, NOT on twitter or facebook.
So bas ab aap kijeye sochna shuru aur likh bhejye apney sawal takey de saken Sania unke jawaab!
Written by SZ~