you have given your kids good trainingand taught them the right values, thereshould be no issues.There is nothing wrong in modeling.I I had seen something wrong withmodeling I would have quit beoreasking my daughter to quit.
Do you see Pakistan taking part in Miss Universe and Miss Worldcompetitions in the next 5-10 years?
We cannot unless they respect ourvalues, we cannot go through theswimsuit round. Anita Ayub did try butit just doesn’t work that way. It is not inour culture. It cannot happen.We do have beautiul women. Eventhe Indians themselves say it. Therehave been so many Indian actors anddirectors who come here and they allsay that Pakistani women are gorgeouseven without makeup.
Does religion hinder?
O course! And I don’t think we shouldbring religion into this because there isgoing to be a never-ending debate.I think i ones conscious is clear it isne, I know my conscious is clear.I know I am not faunting my body Iam basically modeling the clothes. Itdepends on the audience whether theycome to see my body or my clothes. Itis all about intentions.
Who is your favorite Pakistanidesigner? Whose clothes would youlike to wear for your wedding?
I have worked with everyone in thisindustry, the established ones as wellas the newcomers. I would really liketo get married in just my jeans andT-shirt. I think I have become a bridemore than 3000 times.
When do you plan to marry?
‘I think Abhishek, John Abraham andBrad Pitt are busy right now.’It is not about when I want to getmarried. Whenever it is destined to be,it will be. Probably when I meet theright guy. When kuch kuch hoga touhojaye ga!
You advised Zhalay to turn tomodeling instead of acting. Why?
No particular reason. I met Zhalay atthe set o Marina Khan’s ‘Dhoop’whichshe did or ARY. As she is tall and hasgot a good gure, I suggested to her thatshe should try modeling. I just thoughtthat along with acting she can take upmodeling.
Which one do you prefer to do acting/compereing or modeling?
When I am hosting it is very hundredpercent me. I am not putting mucho an eort. I love talking; I love totalk whether it is my riend or mom.Compereing doesn’t work or me.I have been modeling or such a longtime the clothes change, the rampchanges, the choreography changesbut basically you are just walking. It isall very natural.Acting is very challenging and I love it.Every time it is like a dierent characterand you have to internalize it. Kill yourpersonality and actually transorm intothe person you are playing.I am not complaining but since my lieis so smooth and boring that being apart o these stormy relationships andlove triangles is very exciting.
Tell us about your upcomingprojects?
I have just nished ‘Kabhi na kabhi’orARY which I did with Indian superstars(ones rom Star plus) there are TinaTariq and Shubha Mudghal in it. Riyasatis on air.I have got two projects with Avenue.One is called ‘Thora thora pyar’where Iam staring with Mohammad Rana andone is with Jibran. These will be airedon Hum.
What do you think about all the joint ventures happening between Indiaand Pakistani stars these days?
As long as it is equal there are noissues.My best wishes are with Meera to dowhat she wants to do. I really like peoplelike Reema and Zeba Bakhtiar. Youknow Reema has not acted but ZebaBakhtiar did. The amount o respectthey got is amazing. It is all about beinggraceul and dignied because you arerepresenting your country.I an actor is going to be desperate andgive me any role type then no way! Andit should not be like that one countryshould be one up on the other. It shouldbe equal representation rom both thesides.
If you get an offer from India in thenear future, would you be doing it?
I would love to do an Indian lm butthey have to think that I am really goodenough. I would like to do it with bigbanners like Karan Johar, Yash Chopraand Sanjay Leela Bhansali but theyhave to keep in mind that I won’t doany anti Pakistani movies.I do not like to wear mini and I will notkiss- there are so many limitations. I anyone has a really abulous and mindblowing idea and keeps my limitationsin mind I might do it. At the end o the day I am representing my countrybeing a very patriotic, I will not try totarnish its reputation in any way.
So any plans to get into Lollywoodand promote your country.
You know the current state o Lollywood.Unortunately ... You see we are incharge o the modeling industry andor the past 14 years we have come along way, we have struggled; we havehelped develop it.It is up to the Lollywood stars to developtheir industry. Now I am working or TV,the silver screen Lollywood has to takecare o Lollywood. They could make itgood enough or us to join it.
Why don’t you work with newdirectors?