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Saturday, 10 June 2017

'Veet Miss Pakistan'-famed Hira Hussain is all set to make her film debut with 'Cake'

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Budding actress, Hira Hussain got her breakthrough in the world of glitz and glamour last year as she was a finalist for Veet Miss Pakistan and within no time at all she has been successful in making her place in the cut-throat industry. Model-turned-actress, Hira after having a few television assignments to her credit is all geared up to make her silver screen debut in first-time director, Asim Abbasi’s Cake.
Also starring Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed, Adnan Malik and Faris Khalid of Chalay Thay Saath, we got a hold of Hussain as she spilled some deets for us. “I wasn’t expecting to take up a film anytime soon. I wanted to make a name for myself and be able to invite people to watch a film for me,” she maintains, as we begin our conversation by asking her how she came on-board. “Samra Muslim and my co-star in Cake, Mohammad Ahmad Sahab put my name forward and they were rooting for me.”
“So the associate producer, Mahnoor got in touch with me and asked me to see her the next day for reading. It all happened over one night. After I had gone through the script, I fell in love with it and I had to complete it all in one go. It’s such a relatable story on family values and drama and I knew wanted to be a part of it. Later, when I got to know about the cast I was more than excited and I wanted to use this film as a platform for myself,” she adds.
However, the rising starlet will be seen essaying a supporting character in the film. Why didn’t she opt for a film offering her a solo-lead for her debut flick? “I know I am not a born actress, I need to learn. It’s a growing process. I want to take baby steps and be great at it. I don’t want to jump into something or have false dreams,” she responds, eloquently. “I like to keep myself on the ground and be realistic. I need to have that confidence that I can ace any character before I take it up. I want people to get to know me for now.”
Speaking of her experience being on-set, Hira shares how she was unsure of her off-screen camaraderie with co-stars, while it was all good in the hood later. I was scared initially since I didn’t get enough time to mingle with the cast when we were shooting in Karachi and our next spell was to take place for an entire month in Hyderabad. I’m not really chatty and I don’t put myself out there and since the rest of the cast had known each other for so long, I was worried that I’d be bored,” she tells HIP.
“But living with them was like being with a family. We all stayed at the same guest house, we would have our meals together and every night we would sit and discus how the day went,” she continued of her cherish-worthy memories from the sets. “We would even go to the movies when we weren’t shooting.”
Female leads, Sheikh and Saeed and perhaps the finest actresses of the current generation, when asked about her equation with the two, Hira answered, “I’ve learnt so much Sanam and Aamina. The way they switch-off and on is incredible; I was struggling with snapping out of the zone I get into while shooting. They make it look effortless and once the camera stops rolling they are themselves. And they also welcomed me with such warmth.”
Unlike her contemporaries, Hira’s been quick to shift to cinemas. Concluding our tete-a-tete, Hussain reveals that she found it easier to work on Cake. “I feel working on a film is comparatively easier to dramas. I feel television prepares us for a tough time; we have one change after another and have to complete a number of scenes a day,” she noted. “With films, there are rehearsals, you get to go over the scenes and it’s all very chilled out – you’re mentally at peace. You figure out what’s working and what’s not.”

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