GLOSS Issue 2 ( July / August 2017 ) - Page 40

B E A U T Y Pakistani artists are great performers so they have that going for them. I don’t see other social media personalities as competitors. There are plenty of laughs to be shared by everyone. Any retaliation you had to face after a gig or video? Heckling and trolling is part of the job. It doesn’t make it right, but you learn to deal with people with time and experience. Yes. Heckling and trolling is part of the job. It doesn’t make it right, but you learn to deal with people with time and experience. What is the best compliment you have received so far? That you are an inspiration for all women, not just women in Pakistan. What do you enjoy the most about your work? The laughs. And the bond I share with people in different groups. Tell us a bit about The Khawatoons. The Khawatoons is my baby, a dream that has come to life. It’s Pakistan’s first all girls comedy troupe. In fact it is the first of its kind in most parts of the world. 40 Some of the friendships that I have fostered through the Khawatoons are so incredible I feel lucky to be the troupe’s leader. We travel together, rehearse together and perform together. It’s magical. Who are your inspirations in comedy and who would you like to collaborate with in the future? I try to draw inspiration from ordinary people, but locally I admire the work of Hina Dilpazeer, late Moin Akhtar sahab and Bushra Ansari. I think Melissa McCarthy is also amazing. Any tips for someone who might want to pursue a career in comedy? Just do it! Any upcoming projects? I am doing a cameo in a film called Parchi. It’s a gangster comedy film and it’s being made by the same team as Janaan. I play an “antagonist of sorts.” Apart from that, I’m doing a TV drama and shows with the Khawatoons and The Auratnaaks.