1. You are one of a handful of actors who have been working continuously since the 90’s and have seen the TV industry go through quite a few ups and downs … what in your opinion has been the most welcome change you’ve seen taking place and the worst that has happened?
2. We here had loved Numm when it first started but then the story went all crazy and it was obvious to even us lay people that a lot had changed somewhere along the line… how disappointing is it for you to see projects you’d been so excited about, turn out so haphazardly? How often does it happen that the final product bears no resemblance to the story you’d been narrated initially?
3. Were you to write a script what would you to choose to write about? Would it be a comedy, romance, thriller, or a social issue based story?
4. When you, Sania Saeed, sit down to watch a TV serial or a film for purely entertainment purposes what is most likely to appeal to you? Do you watch more for content or do you go by the names of people involved – director/actor/writer etc– or do you watch stuff which has been reviewed favorably?
5. When choosing projects do you look at your particular character – and the margin it affords you as a performer – or do you look at the bigger picture and make a decision based on the overall impact and utility of the project?
6. With open, in your face discussions about multiple marriages, extra marital affairs, talaqs, halala, DNA testing, family planning, rapes, etc, primetime TV serials have been pushing at the boundaries of how we define family viewing … do you think time has come for a serious discussion within the industry for introducing ratings – not censorship – for drama serials?
7. And finally, what next after Mor Mahal? Any other interesting, hat ke projects of yours we should be looking out for?
Sania and I had first discussed this interview way back in early April, then somewhere along the line we decided that a hat ke audio wala twist would add in a cool spin on the same old same old and would be so much more fun for you all, making for a more intimate experience … and so began our journey recording responses with voice notes. What in theory had sounded like a quick sawal jawab session turned out to be not quite as easy as it had initially seemed. But hats off to Sania for not reneging on her commitment and carving time out of her very busy professional and personal calendar to make this interview happen. Sania Saeed, ladies and gentlemen, is truly a superstar!
Please join me in thanking Sania for all her efforts and her honest and forthright responses to our at times very difficult questions.
Written and compiled by SZ~