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No politics should come in the way of art, says Uzma Hassan

  • Arth’s Leading Ladies Uzma Hassan and Humaima Malik Talk about Cinema and Art at LUMS

The leading female actors of Arth – The Destination: Uzma Hassan and Humaima Malik shed light on various aspects of art, their experience as an artist in Pakistan’s film industry as well as abroad, and working with Shaan on the sets of Arth – The Destination in particular in a recent conversation at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

“There are no boundaries when it comes to art. We both have worked in India, and we were loved equally in both the countries. They appreciated and respected our talent, and that’s how it should be; no politics should come in the way of art,” said one of the lead actresses Uzma Hassan on the subject: the trade of art between Pakistan and India. Both the actresses also highlighted the importance of passion and love for work by demonstrating through the experiences in their careers outside Pakistan. They comparatively analyzed the difference of work ethics between Pakistan vs. Bangkok/Bangladesh/India. Uzma Hassan—the theatre artist, who visits India twice a year for her theatrical performances, spoke on the subject, “Indians value art; they consider it as part of their culture; they don’t slack behind debating over what’s right and wrong,” while Humaima continued, “and they know their job well; they work hard and in unity; they wake up in the morning with the same enthusiasm about their job as they would have a day before, no matter how petty their job may seem outwardly; and this is what attracts us the most as artists.”

In the remake of Mahesh Bhatt’s cult-classic Arth, Shaan, the director of the remake, took an opportunity to portray the story and the characters in the light of modern times – something that other Indian films have done as well, like Devdas, explained Uzma Hassan. She continued by explaining the importance of improvisation in art which caters to keep the realistic side of life intact in art. “When you are working with Shaan, you have the privilege to be both—the artist and the real person that you are behind that mask of the character you’re playing. And given the demands of this film, we had to be ourselves and channel that originality in our acting – which, in fact, wasn’t easy!” conversed the artists at the platform of LUMS. “You cannot exactly study acting. You’re either born with it or you don’t have it,” added Humaima while explaining the difficulties she had to go through to enter in the film industry.

Apart from reflecting over culture and art, these actors also gave some tips of acting to the interested audience at LUMS, followed by a sneak peek at what their characters would be like in the film Arth – The Destination. They discussed how their characters are reflective of their actual selves – the reason this film is truly dear to both of them. The movie primarily circles around the lives of two women, essayed by Uzma Hassan and Humaima Malick, the paths they choose and the destination they reach, and how in this trajectory, their lives evolve.

The film is produced by Hammad Chaudhry, Faraz Chaudhry and Shaan Shahid under their banners of HKC Entertainment, Cinestar and 5th Element Entertainment, respectively. It also starres Mohib Mirza and Yasir Hussain.

It is expected to be released worldwide in cinemas on December 21st, 2017.

Saneela Jawad

The author is a former member of the staff. Her interests lie in culture, fashion and highlighting social injustices. She's also on a mission to end hunger with the initiative Tiffin Point. She tweets at @SaneelaJawad Email: [email protected]



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