This is Zara you could have gotten a glimpse of her impressive screen presence and some of her outstanding work or would have a peek on her social media. Her sky-rocketing profession has taken over the industry and has perfected an effortless balancing active life which she shows off on social media. However, she seems to be swamped with her successful acting career yet still manages to steady her life on screen and off the screen.
What motivates the wide-eyed ingenue, one would wonder?
Fortunately, we were able to sit down and talk with Zara about her meteoric rise to fame, favorite roles, biggest influences, mindfulness, and accepting life’s ups and downs moment by moment.
Renounce clichés this season and create your fashion personality with flattering new silhouettes and bold re-interpretations of classics. Why rely on someone else to speak for you when fashion is all about self-expression? Take a page from Zara’s book and declare your uniqueness loudly and proudly. Zara is dressed casually elegant in a breezy multi-colored lawn Kurti that has been fitted to her exact measurements giving a casual chic look.
Which persona was the easiest to embody vs. the most difficult to embody, and why? Rani from Ehd e Wafa seems to be the easiest. Because of my khala and mother, I didn’t find comedy to be difficult. It came naturally to me since I’ve spent my entire life surrounded by these great, funny women. It’s as if breathing is second nature to me. My director, Saife Hassan, was, of course, an invaluable source of support and instruction. Badshah Begum was the most difficult because it was the first time I had done anything like that! I’d never held an AK-47 before, and I’d never delivered language in such a unique way, so I consider it a valuable learning experience. But again, an insanely talented director Khizer Idrees made me do it. So, I think all the credit goes to my directors.”
What would you do instead of acting if you weren’t an actor, and why?
It’s critical to realize that if you want to be a strong, fierce woman, you must have both physical and spiritual strength.”
If I wasn’t an actor, I guess I’d be a Yoga instructor. I’ve recently been quite interested in it, and I can’t get enough of it! It’s a fantastic method to reconnect with your body and emotions, to truly experience everything and release it all. In addition, anytime I watch a film that I enjoy, the characters inspire me much. I just finished watching Deepika Padukone’s portrayal of “Alisha” in Gehraayian and completely fell in love with the complexity of the part- and guess what: she’s playing a yoga instructor.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
If this lovely path of life has taught me anything, it’s that everything works out in its amazing manner. I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self to make more mistakes and worry less. I’d say the same thing to my current self! I constantly remind myself to relax, slow down, and quit overthinking since life is far too short to be stressed!
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
“Look for inspiration, learn something new every day, grow, and strive to be a better version of yourself.”
What do you do for yourself to help you relax and unwind from your hectic schedule?
“I’m a simple lady who enjoys nothing more than watching a nice movie or spending time with my family.” It gives me a sense of stability and calms in my hectic life!”
How can you maintain a cheerful attitude despite the demands of your job and life?
Living in the now, in the present – this thought process has helped me tremendously because it is true that you only have one life. This is what I believe keeps me hopeful and allows me to live life to the fullest. Stressing about the future and overthinking, in my opinion, is a waste of time because it deprives one of the gifts of the present.
“Who or what most inspires you?”
My mother is my greatest source of motivation. She has battled cancer and undergone several painful surgeries, but she still manages to smile her way through life’s challenges. She’ll head to the Itwaar Bazaar and look for the brightest, funkiest ensembles while sporting her signature dramatic blue eyeliner. I believe that the best way to live life is to live it her way or not at all, and that never ceases to inspire me.”
THIS SEASON- Don’t be scared to take chances and bravely push forward in your fashion path because if you don’t, who will?