From her Bollywood debut as a mother in Hindi Medium to her newly developed role in upcoming drama series Baaghi essaying the tragedy that befell the slain social media star Qandeel Baloch, we can rightly say that Saba Qamar is that one Lollywood star who is quite conscious and proud of her bold role choices.
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In a recent exclusive interview with Mid-day, Saba said, “I can do regular roles at any point in my career, but it’s good to do something my fans will remember me for.”
She added, “The perception was that Qandeel Baloch made inappropriate videos, but no one knows why she did it… She did it to earn money and support her family. She wasn’t educated, but dreamt of becoming famous. She didn’t have any other option to fulfill her dreams apart from taking to social media. She tried to do regular jobs, but wherever she went, she was exploited.”
Criticized immensely for her bold views, she still has a huge fan following and asserts that the people of Pakistan who tried to put Baloch in a negative light are in fact the ones who gave her that platform to do it.
“If anyone, it’s the people who need to be blamed for making Qandeel a social media sensation. If no one had followed her, she would not have made what she did. It’s they who are responsible for her death.”
The first look of the biopic has earned Saba severe criticism from people of different walks of life within the country and reactions that she terms “very strong”.
“When we released the poster, the abuses poured in. If they are expecting an entertaining show, they will be disappointed. We are going to showcase the difficulties she faced, not glorify her. Either this show manages to change the way our community thinks, or I die doing it,” Saba concluded.