GLOSS Volume 2, Issue 7 - 2018 - Page 47

E X C L U S I V E kind f spark Maya bought on camera would only look better on the big screen. Moreover, cinema is a medium through which you either radiate energy to the audience or you suck it in and radiating energy in a positive way is always welcomed on the big screen. This is exactly what happened when Maya auditioned for the role, we knew she was made for Anya's character. Maya: Definitely. What is your take on the Pakistani cinema? Ali: When it comes to movies, a lot of effort is put in by the entire team. Moreover, from what we see these days is people who are venturing into the field for the first time. Obviously, along with the hard work and investment put into each project Maya: First of all, I would like to add that when we were shooting is done with the intention to entertain the audience. In this case, for the film, I had a little fangirl moment where I felt like I I would give them the benefit of the doubt and move on from it. couldn't act in front of Ali, but he made sure that everyone was If movies did not do well during Eid-ul-Fitr, we can only hope comfortable and then continued. He explained how he wanted to what comes after is better. portray Anya - a strong headed girl who knew what she wanted. Noone makes a bad film, but what the critics and people who Before shooting any scene, Ali would explain how I should act want the 'Pakistani cinema to evolve' need to understand that it and bring Anya to life. Both Ahsan and Ali were very possessive is going to take time and if you are to criticise a movie, do it in a about every character in the movie. Moreover, it is the teamwork constructive creative manner so that it adds value to it. that paid off. From the writer to the producer and director, everybody put in equal efforts to bring all these characters to the It is very easy to write two paragraphs and destroy the movie, but audience. only someone who has been through the process will understand it. Furthermore, we need to have Ali, do you think working institutions and academies that multiple capacities on set train and teach people the proper compromised your acting? methodology of filmmaking. Ali: I would have preferred not to indulge in so many avenues Maya: When we make films, we and focus on my acting, usually put in our best by working hard because this is always preferred by and wholeheartedly. We do not an actor. However, I did not have worry about the movie being a hit that choice, but I tried to give it or a flop, it is up to the audience my best, hoping it won't affect my to decide that. However, criticising acting. excessively never works for any industry. Moreover, when we Maya: I don't think so. make films, our audience feels like adding a good song is taking Amidst the ongoing controversy, inspiration from Bollywood; when do you think it will affect the we show them what they want to box office numbers for Teefa In see, the audience complains about Trouble? sticking to the drama culture then. Ali: Nobody can predict the future, In my opinion, our audience is very but you can always speak from your instincts. In my case, they confused as well. They do not know what they want to see. As have always been creative, constructive and positive even in long as they don't figure that out, we can only continue doing the worst times of my life. I have blocked the negativity out what we do - making films. completely and I am only focusing on the positivity, especially when I know the truth, in this case. Why should we go watch the movie? Ali: If you want to walk out of the cinema happy, Teefa is what What is your take on the boycott of Teefa In Trouble? you should watch. Ali: Everybody has the right to do what they want and make their own choices in life. I have no control over anyone; all I can Maya: If you want to have a good time and watch a full-on do is to deliver the best version of what I can do. I respect the entertainment ‘desi-masala’ movie, this is where you should be. decision of those who decided to boycott and those who come to support it, however, I do know that in time, as things become Whats in the pipeline for you after the film? more eminent people just might regret boycotting. Ali: I take time with my projects, I like to do them my way, at my own pace. I don’t rush into things, I am just living my life Will Teefa In Trouble advance the cause for Pakistani cinema? one step at a time. I have my children and family and I would Ali: I hope so. The film is made with the intention and hopes to like to be on the beach and enjoy some time with them and once take our cinema forward from here on to the next level; not just in a while, I like to make a great film. nationally, but globally as well. I think where your intentions are right, one can only hope for the best. Maya: Vacations, before I start shooting for ‘Parey Hut Love.’ 47