A household drama centred round an aged man’s quest for love, Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed’s Barzakh was the one South Asian choice at Sequence Mania this 12 months. Debuted on the showcase’s Worldwide Panorama, it was eligible for the most effective sequence, director, actress, actor, scholar jury, and viewers awards. It was additionally the primary ever Indo-Pak cross-border sequence to premiere globally.
Helmed by director Asim Abbasi of Cake and Churails fame, the sequence, accessible on ZEE5, explores intergenerational trauma between fathers and sons. Shot in Karachi and the picturesque Hunza Valley, it’s framed inside a fantastical world of supernatural beings and otherworldly occasions that reveal the chasms between life, dying and rebirth. Produced by Waqas Hassan and Shailja Kejriwal, it sees Fawad play a single, guilt-ridden guardian whereas Sanam essays the feminine protagonist.
Each the actors are recognized to be fairly choosy about their roles. Whereas Fawad is known for disappearing from the screens, solely to reappear in a very new avatar, Sanam is thought for diversifying her performing graph with characters like Kashaf (Zindagi Gulzar Hai), Zara (Cake), Zuvi (Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam) and Akhtar (Ishrat Made in China). Talking about Barzakh – her second venture with Asim – the actor, in an interview for the Movie Companion, stated, “I’ve fallen in love with each script of Asim’s that I’ve learn. Be it a brief movie, characteristic movie or a mini-series, his tales are relatable and have common themes. His characters are flawed, susceptible, actual folks and never saints or Devil.”
The actor stated she enjoys the author and director’s perspective on life and the minor particulars about his characters that add quirky nuances to the script. “His tales come from an actual tangible, emotional, place. The truth that he’s the author and director of the initiatives I’ve labored on makes the job all of the extra fulfilling as an actor.”
Barzakh additionally marks Sanam’s second venture with Fawad Khan – the primary being Zindagi Gulzar Hai, their hit TV sequence – that too, after ten years. About returning to the display screen with the now, Maula Jatt star, and the stress of reigniting the flame as soon as fuelled by Kashaf and Zaroon’s chemistry, she remarked, “I believe a 10-year hole means audiences have modified, outgrown sure pairings and are desirous to see recent concepts. Themes and dynamics from a decade in the past might not be as related right now.”
Sanam additionally assured that the viewers “will likely be in for an enormous shock and hopefully, recognize the performances of all of the actors within the present. I’m excited to see what the brand new technology of viewers take into consideration us.”
When requested concerning the widespread perception that she turns down extra scripts than she accepts, Sanam held, “It’s true. I positively find yourself having to reject extra scripts. There are lower than a handful of nice scripts that float round each two years. However there are numerous actors who’re able to portraying the characters in such scripts and there are a number of in a position administrators hungry for such scripts as nicely. I believe it’s a matter of being in the best place on the proper time.”
About herself evolving as an actor through the years, Sanam mirrored, “I’d say I haven’t advanced as a lot as I’d favored to have. I really feel a powerful want and urgency to get some coaching now. That I consider will assist me in refining my craft, studying new strategies, and can assist me in shedding my inhibitions a tad extra.” The star, who’s all the time outperformed herself and infrequently left viewers aching for extra depth, continued, “I really feel there may be a number of auto-pilot performing that’s occurring given the circumstances and comparable narratives. It leaves little room to experiment or break the mould — or perhaps that’s concern speaking! However I’m positively open and able to study new methods of the commerce and push my limits.”
Requested if she “fears anonymity”, Sanam replied, “I like the concept of thriller round me. I don’t want to be overly uncovered. Going out and being seen as soon as in a blue moon is extra interesting to me each as a celeb and as an admirer of a celeb. I attempt my finest for my work to talk for me reasonably than my outings and appearances. In spite of everything, we solely bear in mind how an actor’s efficiency made us really feel — we bear in mind them for his or her physique of labor, not what number of occasions they attended. Outings are transient reminiscences; display screen presence is extra everlasting. Not less than that’s what I’d wish to consider.”
In mild of Barzakh, which accurately interprets to being in a state of limbo, the Bachaana star additionally mirrored on being pushed by exterior forces, versus inside ones. “I believe sooner or later in our lives all of us expertise that. I used to be all the time certain I needed to be an actor. Significantly an actor on stage. When that didn’t occur, and tv took over, it threw me right into a state of limbo for some time. I wasn’t certain which route I needed to go in. However with time and after having dappled in all of the mediums, I positively discovered my manner. I don’t see the north but, however I’m sure that I’m strolling in the best route.”
Talking of mediums, Sanam shared her two cents concerning the execs and cons of the OTT, versus cinema. “I believe the joys on the OTT platform comes from its statistics i.e., variety of viewers which have watched or have tuned in. It opens as much as each makers and viewers. An individual sitting in a unique continent can entry our work, which isn’t essentially the case with cinema. There’s a greater trade of tales and tradition. Cinema, in that regard, is limiting typically.”
The actor additionally delved on the joys of mixing the 2 mediums by recalling how she felt whereas watching her OTT launch on the massive display screen. “Watching the primary two episodes for Barzakh on the massive display screen was a completely completely different expertise. Are you able to think about watching Recreation of Thrones or Darkish within the cinema? You catch extra of the finer particulars, the quiet darkish room with an enormous display screen holds your consideration higher than sitting within the consolation of your individual residence, stuffed with distraction. The responses one receives at a pageant could possibly be very completely different from the one in cinema halls.”
Final month, in a press assertion launched to mark the Barzakh poster reveal, Asim had stated that very similar to Cake, Barzakh additionally explored “a household reunion setting” and delt with themes of affection, loss, and reconciliation. In the meantime, Fawad had famous, “The Barzakh poster provides an early glimpse into what may be anticipated from the sequence – summary magnificence and ambiguity that displays the complexities in navigating human relationships in a post-modern world.”
Barzakh premiered worldwide on March 18.
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