Published On: Sat, Apr 23rd, 2016

Hareem Farooq: A multitalented luminary


Hareem Farooq

Do you remember Hareem Farooq as Osman Khalid Butt’s elderly mother Arjumand in the famous TV serial Dayar-e-Dil, she is going to initiate her film production with Reham Khan’s imminent movie Janaan.

It is no surprise that Hareem has come to be recognized for her exceptional professional selections. In a unique conversation, the versatile luminary from Islamabad explains the causes behind her colorful career. She shared about her career as, “I always wanted to start from the theatre because it builds a good foundation,” she continued that “Then I thought I would do films and also make my own because there weren’t any good ones coming out then.” Hareem shared about a time when she decided that she has to make her own movies, “I realized that we will have to make films so our industry grows and more people come into it. Aisay kaam nahi chal sakta (Things cannot work out this way).”

Janaan would be Hareem’s first movie as a producer. The determined juvenile is helming further ventures also, for example, the imminent Parchee. She told as “It’s a comedy film which I am producing and also acting in. With Parchee, we want to introduce new faces to the industry,”

Fans are eagerly waiting for two ventures from her this year: one is Dobara Phir Se and second is TV serial named Sanam. Hareem tells that “I have learnt a lot from Mehreen [Jabbar] and the foreign crew we shot with. Considering I just started my own production, it was great to see how professional they are and I want to incorporate that in my work too.” Hareem further confess that she was delighted when she was called for Dobara Phir Se. she shared as, “I said yes immediately! It has a very fresh feel and is not your typical, boy-meets-girl love story.”

The 26-year-old further stated that “It was a challenge and a lot of people told me not to take up the role,” she admits that “However, I believe if you want to change the industry, you have to work towards it. If I do the same role for 10 years, it wouldn’t matter. As long as you are an actor, you can be anyone so why to restrict yourself?”

Hareem says that experimenting is vital, “If it’s a girl who is pretty, people make her cry and she becomes our heroine,” she clarifies that “During shooting, however, I told the team I would not cry anymore because that’s not how women are and that bothers me. The women I have been around are very strong and that’s why I do all kinds of characters, from leads to antagonists, young and old. I am even playing a bipolar girl.”

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.