Published On: Mon, Aug 1st, 2016

Pakistani big names are struggling in Bollywood



Most of the time ex-actors quit after marriages especially women but Pakistani lady Reema Khan — whose son is over a year old now — still appears as stunning as she was.

Whereas it takes much of time to achieve the position but Reema definitely has reached a point in her career where she is honored for her input to Pakistani cinema.

Somewhat suitably, she has in recent times been made the face of a famous cosmetics brand. She said “I am all real, contrary to what people believe, it is possible to eat well, take care of yourself and still look good,” she further stated that “When I do get some work done, I will not keep it under the wraps.”

Love Mein Ghum was Reema’s last film which released in 2011 and its box office performance devastated her. Reema continued “My heart was so broken that only a doctor could fix it,” she was referring to her marriage with a US-based medical practitioner.

Though, after that offers, have not halted approaching her path. She shared “There are a certain time and place for everything and the work that you do should be easily digestible for people. However, it’s an odd phenomenon in our society because where I live now, the older you get the more respect you get in your field and the industry customizes roles for you.”

In this way, she told about Kajol, who in recent times made a return with Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale.

She said “Every society has its own approach. In ours, we aren’t able to give our stars the respect they deserve. That’s probably because everyone doesn’t know the struggle we go through,” Reema further stated that “Pakistan doesn’t have less work but there is a reason our artists prefer to work in Bollywood, even though they have to struggle … whether it’s Ali Zafar, Adnan Sami, Atif Aslam or Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.”

She explained about her own experiences that “I got offers between 2000 and 2014 from all the big names such as Yash Raj, Yash Johar, Venus Company and Bharat Shah but I didn’t accept them because the sad reality is that we can watch Bollywood women in various roles but if our women go there and do the same roles, they won’t be respected.” She further revealed that “All actors that I saw exploring roles there whether it was Salma Agha, Zeba Bakhtiar, Meera or Veena Malik … no one gave them the kind of roles that would solidify their careers there. You have to balance growing old in this industry in such a way that you don’t face criticism.”

It was inquired that will she be fascinated in performing roles that challenge societal constructs regarding women, she replied, “I have been thinking about doing these kinds of movies but this has been complicated all through my career. Whether it was NikahZewar or Long Da Lashkara, my characters didn’t get that level of appreciation. People didn’t accept me in ghareeb or negative roles because they would say I don’t look the part.” She also said that she doesn’t desire to experiment in roles that she has performed previously. “I’ve done enough of that,” she continued by saying that “Nikah 2 was also offered to me but now I am a wife, a mother and a role model so I have to take wise decisions.”

She recalled that in the year 2000 she refused many movies because of the standards, “The standard of films being offered to me was not what I wanted for myself so I returned the advance payment to all the top directors in Punjabi cinema, including Sangeeta, Masood Butt, and Pervaiz Rana.”

Reema is currently taking up her further studies in the US and also hosting a talk show for which she is interviewing personalities, such as Anwar Maqsood, Ali Zafar, and Humayun Saeed.


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.

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