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Bollywood insiders are against Pakistani artists carving out a niche for themselves: Reema Khan

The actor opened up about his life and career in the '90s.


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While navigating her personal relationships, Reema Khan rose to popularity as a Lollywood celebrity. She candidly shared her thoughts on this topic during an interview with host Tabish Hashmi. While discussing her foray into the entertainment industry, the actor revealed that her dogged persistence paid off time and time again.

“Think about it; the end result will be worth the effort if the beginning is hard.” Reema paraphrased the old saying. “The journey itself is the obstacle; getting there is the challenging part, not the impossible part.” Next, the Bulandi actor remembered her first audition and the shock she felt upon hearing that she had been successful.

So, I tried out for a role in front of a room full of famous actors and actresses. I didn’t think I had a chance of getting in when I was trying out for them. That is, that I would play one of these heroic roles in a film,” Reema said.

During the course of the discussion, her 2011 single “Love Mein Ghum” from the ensemble-cast romantic drama film of the same name came up. Reema pondered, “To achieve anything, you have to leave your ego behind at home,” as she dove into the scope of the project. Nadeem, Umar Sharif, Sahiba, Rambo, Moammar Rana, and countless more brilliant minds from the worlds of fashion, television, and film were in attendance.

But according to the performer, all it took was pressing a single key to bring her dreams to life. “I had one power that I utilized to perform such a challenging song. Everyone has money and connections, but me.” “It was my manners,” Reema said. For a long time, I treated everyone with dignity. I have never pulled anyone’s leg. Everyone was on board with me when I made that one phone call.

The actress emphasized her life’s credo: putting one’s ego aside to build respectful relationships with people. According to the actor, this is the reason she would rate her performance as a mother, wife, and daughter-in-law offscreen as a perfect 10. “My husband wouldn’t have let me work if I hadn’t tried to be a good wife,” Reema said, illustrating the close relationship between her professional and home lives.

“My son, who is eight and a half years old, wouldn’t have walked for four hours yesterday in a pro-Palestine rally if I hadn’t tried to be a good mother,” she continued. My in-laws wouldn’t have believed I would make them proud no matter where I went if I hadn’t made an effort to be a decent daughter-in-law.

But looking back, one wonders if the unwavering focus on other people ever felt like giving up on oneself. Care, in Reema’s view, has never been a commodity. If you do nice deeds for other people, don’t expect anything in return; if you do, people will disappoint you and hurt you.

While talking about her possible comeback, Reema made it clear that she was not leaving acting altogether. The people that are now working are doing an excellent job. Some 200 films have included me. It must be a completely new character for me to tackle this. You will most certainly see me on screen if someone creates a narrative like this.

The famous person questioned the shallow comprehension of Pakistani showbiz stars and heroines when questioned about her ideal return role. Why is it that romantic media like movies and music continue to shape our cultural understanding of heroism? Any path can lead you to heroism. So, leading parts aren’t always about the romance or the music.

She went on to say, “The role needs to be powerful” when asked what might entice her to take part in a new project. Never in my life will you see me playing a supporting role. While discussing her film tastes, Reema elaborated on her decision to stay out of Bollywood.

Bollywood offered me jobs. In my opinion, they are already incredibly talented. It is prudent to remain within your own territory, based on my observations. To which the actor cryptically responded, “There’s no point in going to a palace where you have to feel ashamed,” perhaps referring to other Pakistani celebrities who have debuted in Bollywood.

They give you the necessary respect,” Reema said, expanding on the difficulties faced by Pakistani actors while crossing the border. Even in Bollywood, there are cliques that aren’t happy when other artists, particularly those from Pakistan, make a name for themselves. The celebrity highlighted how cliques are more powerful, despite the fact that many individuals are open to cultural interchange.

The interviewee, a seasoned celebrity, reflected on the cutthroat entertainment industry and the once-genuine animosity amongst performers, which is fitting given that Reema’s claim to fame started in the 1990s. “The most beautiful thing about the 90s is that when all the heroines claimed to be number one, there was honesty between them,” the Nikah actor stated. Their ideas and practices were consistent with one another, and they never held back from expressing their true feelings.

You see hypocrisy these days. People may seem to be on your side on the outside, but deep down, they’re not,” Reema continued, explaining how former number one competitors would use their jobs to argue their case rather than take on the role of judge.

“We had listeners and reporters who would give their take on how the graph stayed for a specific actor,” she continued. Reema recalled an incident where a feud in the entertainment industry escalated into a physical altercation. A heroine was there… “For her own distinct style and genre, I believe she was, is, and will perpetually be the best. She revealed the dispute in a roundabout way, but it was clear that no one had been able to defeat her.

Reema detailed the interaction, which was provocative, without naming the actor. “Her choice of words was incorrect. I have no idea how to exploit it now. At least twice, I warned her to stop. Since I am Persian-Pathan, the third time it occurred, then… With a slap gesture, she trailed off. “I got a bite.” According to the Love ’95 actress, she would have acted more maturely had she been older at the time.

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