Actor Dur-e-Fishan Saleem, who rose to prominence with the drama serial Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi, asks her fans to keep art and the artist separate.
Although Saleem was propelled into stardom with Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi, she has made it steer clear for her fans to differentiate between herself and her character. The Pardes actor said that she wouldn’t preferably watch such shows or even want to act as she does not resonate with the character essayed in the drama. Yet, she didn’t deny working on such projects as they entertain an average Pakistani household.
Saleem’s latest offering revolved around a character, Mehak, who was the epitome of a naive and meek woman. Though the drama serial garnered negative reviews, it did commercially well. The Bharaas star lamented how women romanticize such relationships, and society accepts them without taking offense.
In an interview with BBC Asian Network, the Juda Huway Kuch Is Tarhan starlet opened up about her preferences and the decision to work in the drama. “Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi made the producers or made me more feasible to the choices that I could say yes to. Today if I’m getting 10 scripts and I am not liking 10 of them, I would be getting five more because they would be like “Oh, we want her on board.’”
Talking about herself, Saleem added, “Dur-e-Fishan would not watch a genre like or would even like to work in something like this again. But Dur-e-Fishan belongs to a kind of society where people really like any woman being saved from a toxic area around.”
Lamenting the deep-rooted dependence of women on men, the actress said, “Our audience is just focused on [how] a girl needs to be saved by a boy. No matter how that boy saves [her]. It’s more [about] how we raise women in our culture,” she said.
“We just tell them that your brother, your father, your husband is supposed to be around you. I feel like when I was reading the script, Dur-e-Fishan would not have acted the way Mehak did because Mehak is a Pakistani girl who has no experience of boys, who was never told that you are good yourself.”
Although she has started receiving offers to portray strong-headed females, Saleem wonders if they would be as successful as Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi.
“But again, are these types of dramas that will do commercially well? We hope so because it’s all a chain of producers getting their money back. If you’re not giving them the views, no matter how progressive, feminism-driven the drama might be, they won’t be able to make another one,” she added.
Earlier last year, while conducting a Q&A session on Instagram, the Dilruba diva was asked by a netizen if he can woe a girl like Danish Taimoor does in the superhit drama.
She smartly replied that Danish’s character of Shamsher is not the hero of the drama and is rather the main villain. She added that his actions are meant to be learnt from and not followed.
Fishan also clapped back at a netizen for her mean and hurtful comments on Instagram.
The Bharaas star posted a series of images in ethnic wear on which the netizen commented.
The Pardes star stated that she hasn’t edited her pictures to look a certain way, it’s more about camera angles. She added that nothing is more beautiful than curves and she loves her body.