by Kaukab Jahan
Though only a few years old in the Pakistan film industry, Hania Aamir, is a force to reckon with. The young actress started her career as a supporting actress with Janaan in 2016, alongside Armeena Khan, Bilal Ashraf and Ali Rehman Khan and since then has not turned back, getting into more and more powerful roles in dramas and films alike. Aamir is currently basking in the success of her latest film Parwaaz Hai Junoon, in which she played a fighter pilot, and in this short conversation talks about her trade and plans.
How exciting is the success of Parwaaz Hai Junooon?
I am ecstatic and humbled over the love people are giving to us. The film is being appreciated locally as well as internationally and I have met people who have seen the film two or three times. It’s unreal.
PHJ is your first film as lead. How was the experience?
I think all the work I had done in supporting roles in my earlier films worked as fuel for Parwaaz Hai Junoon; I learnt a lot from those films and dramas. The character of Sania is more mature than my previous roles, which were on the childish and bubblier side. People often question why I was going for a non-glamorous and serious role when I was doing so well in funny and lighter roles, but I kept telling them that I couldn’t get real fame unless I do a lead role. I am happy that I had a great margin to perform in PHJ and didn’t have to hide behind Armeena like in Janaan or the three boys of Na Maloom Afraad 2.
You are still very young. In this age most female actors want to do romantic and glamourous roles yet you chose to play the role of a fighter pilot role which is mature and serious. What made you take this decision?
I like doing the characters I can associate with. I always read the script first and if I connect to the character, I go ahead with it. I am not the person who gets pressurised by the big names on the cast or does a project just to get in the limelight with them without liking my character. I will go into depression for months if I do anything without my will and choice.
As far as the glamourous roles are concerned, I believe that we have more serious issues to discuss in our films and dramas but yes being a woman you sometimes just want to put your hair down and look glamorous. I think as an actor, you have to do all types of roles.
How do you think your character in Parwaaz Hai Junoon is connected to masses?
My character in the film is of a normal girl with normal dreams. She doesn’t have a heroic mission. That is why it is resonating with the younger audiences. We all have our dreams at this age and fight to achieve them and the fact is that this fight is harder for the females in our society.
My character in the film has broken the stereotype that girls can’t opt for certain professions. Sania accepts the challenge to become a fighter pilot and rejects the claim of her fellow who taunts, “Yeh cockroach or chupkaloin se darne wali larkian kia jahaz urain gi?” (How will these girls, scared by cockroaches and lizards, fly a fighter jet?)
Where did you draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration was every woman who is going out and making her place in man’s world. The producer of my film is a woman. So I got my inspiration from all these women who I come across in my life everyday.
Would you do more films or go back to dramas?
I enjoy working in films more. It is good to see yourself on bigger screen but drama is for masses and you get your message through to more diverse audience. That is why I chose to do dramas which are more subject-based.
What are you future plans?
I don’t have any set future plans. I am going to take it as it is. I had never thought that I would become an actor nor I had a childhood wish to be so. Now that I have become one, I would go for good scripts whether it’s a film or drama. I just want to put my maximum efforts into whatever comes next.