Previously we shared the rumours about Saba Qamar playing the role of Qandeel Baloch in a biopic, it turns out that the rumours were true. The actress herself confirmed the news and said, “I am going to be playing Qandeel Baloch in a biopic,” she further went on and said, “There are stories that need to be told and I want to help tell them.”
The initial glimpses from the upcoming venture show the actress peering into the camera, looking exactly like Qandeel. “I have cut my hair in order to play her,” says Saba. “It’s going to be exciting.”
From the makers of ‘Ek Thi Marium’ comes another mega project ‘Baaghi’, biopic on Qandeel Baloch highlighting the topic of honour killing starring Saba Qamar as Qandeel Baloch. Direction is by Farooq Rind with a star studded cast which includes Sarmad Khoosat, Ali Kazmi and Osman Khalid Butt, with Saba playing the lead.
“Qandeel represented the double standards that exist in our society,” continues Saba. “She had the courage to expose how two-faced people could be.”
“We want to tell Qandeel’s story in a very sensitive way,” says Nina. “We do not want to glorify her nor do we want her to look pitiful. She was a victim of honor killing and this is what we will particularly be highlighting. The story has been written by Shazia Khan, the screenplay is by Umera Ahmed and Farooq Rind will be directing.”
“An actor is not defined by boundaries and I am not afraid at all,” she says. “Qandeel was a victim and a fighter and somebody needs to tell her story. She was a woman who went from place to place trying to find work for herself. She tried to work in transport, read devotional naats on TV but wherever she went, she was misused by people. It was only much later that she chose to make videos on the Internet. And she did all this and earned money and used it to support her family. Her family didn’t have any problems taking money from her but they felt that it was all right to turn around and kill her in the name of honor,” says Saba Qamar.
“Qandeel represented the double standards that exist in our society,” continues Saba. “She had the courage to expose how two-faced people could be. There were many people that condemned her in the name of religion but tell me, doesn’t religion tell us to abide by many things? How can we choose to selectively follow what we find comfortable and attack anybody who tries to break free from the norms that we choose to set.”
What do you think, is Saba Qamar the right choice?