I regret losing chance to work with Irrfan Khan: Sarwat Gillani
In an interview with an Indian newspaper, Sarwat said that she couldn’t work in the project because of the political tension between India and Pakistan.
Gilani said she was heartbroken when the barriers were put between the two countries. “I could only imagine how amazing it would have been to just see Irrfan Khan and how he acts, he is so amazing. Sadly he isn’t with us. My mother cried so much on his death. He is much loved in Pakistan and people look up to his work here,” Gilani said, adding: The Lunchbox and Piku were some of her favourite films of the late actor.
Speaking about the Indian content in Pakistan, she said, “We are always starving for Indian films to come and take on our cinema; our entire community is into Bollywood. When it comes to music, I feel Pakistani artists have contributed to the Indian market more. We have amazing artists like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shafaqat Amanat Ali, Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar.”
She admitted Churails seemed like the perfect story to depict on an Indian medium as the Pakistani censor boards would not have passed such a bold script. “The stories (in Pakistan) are fictional. There is not much reality attached to it, although we see the same stories in the news every day. Like a guy spilling acid on a woman because she refused to marry him. But we don’t want to talk about it in the entertainment sector; we want to sugarcoat things,” Gilani explained.
“Asim wants to break that. In Churails, we didn’t need a man to rescue a woman. We wanted to show that a woman can stand for herself and uplift other women going through problems.”