Hareem Farooq is among the A list stars of our entertainment industry. She is a successful actor of theatre, television and film with venturing her luck into production as well. Born in the capital city of Islamabad, Hareem did her bachelors in Social Sciences from Quaid-e-Azam University. In 2012, she started her career with the theatre play ‘Pawnay Chauda August’ by veteran Anwer Maqsood. Next year, Hareem entered into television and since then, has played pivotal roles in 11 drama serials. At just the start of her career, she put her feet into the difficult field of film production, for which she was discourage in the beginning but the determine lady did it and produced her first film Janaan in 2014, which was rated as a successful film of that year. Being an actor as her first choicd, she appeared as successful main lead in fims; Dobara Phir Se (2016) and Parchi (2018). Her recent flick ‘Heer Maan Ja’, in which she playing the title role of Heer, is releasing this eid. HMJ is also Hareem’s third film as co-producer. Here is she in special conversation with Pakistan Today.
What ate the hopes about Heer Maan Ja?
Many hopes! We have put our hearts in this project and worked very hard with utmost sincerity. I must say this that main reason of making this film is to bring enjoyment to viewers. It is their film. We hope that when they get out after watching this film, there must be a smile on their faces and a lot of love and positivity in their hearts.
HMJ has a glimpse of your last film Parchi. Is it true?
I have never come across with such comment. By the way it is entirely different from Parchi.
Then what is the uniqueness of HMJ?
A complete family entertainer, though with some masala in it, but it doesn’t mean that you cannot watch it with your families. Usually, people have a perception about a comedy films that it would have some adult jokes that cannot be watched with families. This is not the case with HMJ. It has a lot of ingredients and many funny moments with which you can also relate with.
Billo created too much buzz last year. What Heer is giving this year?
You have seen our title song Heer Maan Ja. Hope it will create that buzz.
After Parchi you have done another film with the same team. Any special reason?
First of all, I think it is all is on merit. Secondly we have formed a good team which is very important for the success of anything. Third reason of doing it again is that people wanted to see Hareem and Ali in an interesting romantic story.
Your chemistry with Ali Rehman Khan is getting stronger with time as you have worked with on three consecutive projects. So, will you miss that chemistry if working with someone else?
Obviously, I will miss working with him as we are so much comfortable with each other when it comes to acting. But the beauty of this profession is that you should work with so many people and get to learn. So, as far as I miss working with him, I will also acquire a lot professionally while working with others.
There are two more films releasing on eid. So do you feel any strong competition?
I look at very positively when audience are getting three different types of films on a single eid. Every film have its own flavour and genre which is quite interesting for the audience and the business overall. I consider it as a success and achievement of our industry. So, I think it is more of complementing each other instead of competing.
You are the producer of this film and many others in the past as well. Being a female producer did you face any problem in the field?
I think problems arise in the beginning whatever you start but you have to tackle them. I started production with start of my acting career. At that time people advised me not to come into production so soon as it can lessen my glamour and damage my acting career. But I don’t believe in such things. I think we should start whatever we want to when we are sure and confident that we can be honest and do justice with it. Otherwise, people would always come with excuses and comments. It ok.
What is more challenging? Acting or production.
Both are challenging in their own capacity specially when being done together.
What is next? Or which type of role you want to do in future?
Many things are in pipeline. We will disclose it on time. As far as any specific type of character is concerned, my all-time favoutire is Nicole Kidman’s character in Moulan Rouge. It is one of my desired roles to get.
What do you prefer most? Television or film.
Film! Why because I believe that it is an ultimate dream of every actor. Film is larger than life, a fantasy world, where everybody wants to go in.
In these times, when it is almost impossible to get a Bollywood film released in Pakistan, do you think that it is affecting our cinema too?
It is true that we need their films for time being to sustain our cinema, but at the same time we also need to work more on our films and should make good and enough films that we must not have to rely on other industries.
Do you think that there should be a good exchange of content between both the countries?
Yes of course as both countries share the same language so it will be viable for their audience and film makers as well. It must be on the business point of view not that we should rely on their content. But in current political situation between the countries, it seems almost impossible.