Having conquered the small screen, Ayesha Khan is now transitioning into the film world. Will Waar mean goodbye to tv? Here she discusses the future of films, Shaan and her role in the revival of cinema.
What kind of roles do you enjoy doing the most?
When it comes to roles, I’ve done pretty much everything under the sun. I never wanted to be just another pretty face in the industry, I wanted to prove my versatility and my strength as an actor. Nowadays though I’m sick of playing the ‘mazloom woman’. I would like to stop crying for a change! Initially I was the home breaker but now I’m tired of hearing this ‘aap roti bohat acha hain’.
How did Waar happen?
I knew Waar would be huge since Bilal Lashari was directing it, so it was an easy choice for me to make. And now when I watch it, it makes me proud to be a Pakistani. The script is also really powerful. When I was initially offered the role, I was a little confused because it was a very small part, and I didn’t want to disappoint my TV fans. But they changed it to give me a larger role so that felt great.
What was it like on set?
It was insanely fun! I had the most amazing people around me. Waqas Rana, who is the writer for Waar, was great; I would call him ‘big daddy’ and he treated me like his daughter. Also Shaan is the most amazing senior I could have asked for. He’s very concerned and very supportive. Sometimes our shoots would start at night and go on till morning, so we would all have a great time all night.
Tell us more about Shaan.
He’s awesome! He’s an institution. He’s very focused and hardworking, a jaan to be around and ofcourse Gorgeous.
Tell us a funny rumour about yourself?
That I’m married to Humayun Saeed! That is such a joke!
What can you say is new about this film?
This film is going to put us on the international front. It enables us to compete with films of international standards all across the globe. Firstly, it’s in English. We’ve never really had a film in English before. However, the techniques, the script, the direction, everything is going to put us on the map. The revival of cinema has already started with all the Shoaib Mansoor films that have come out, but I would
think Waar would give it a great, great push.
After Waar are you going to go back to TV?
I’m getting tired of the monotony of television. I might just reduce the amount of work I do or quit it altogether.
What’s next for Ayesha Khan?
Theatre. That’s what I want to do. I’ve never done it before and I’ve always been interested in it.
What does Karachi mean to you?
Lights, traffic and awesome people.
Whare do you like to eat in the city?
Pompeii, Espresso and Flo.