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Film actress Zara Sheikh is all set to make her TV debut through upcoming serial Raqs e Bismil, directed by Wajahat Rauf. The first teasers do not reveal her character, however, she is one of the reasons we’re anxiously waiting for the drama to air.

“Even when I started working, it was always about the offers that reached me, and my interest in them,” said Zara, regarding her long break from acting, in an exclusive chat with Something Haute. “I never went away, but only didn’t find anything appealing enough.”

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Currently, she feels at least 85% of the roles being played on TV are highly monotonous and predictable, but speaking of her part in the upcoming drama, she says that her character is an important one and that’s what tempted her to sign this project.

“My role in Raqs e Bismil is a pivotal part of the plot, and as soon as I heard it, there was no question of declining it,” she shared, adding that the team that is attached to this project is extremely incredible. “I am blessed to have received such an offer and to work with such talented people as Wajahat Rauf, Shazia Wajahat, and Imran Ashraf.”

Zara revealed that her character is pretty edgy, however, she thinks it’s best to maintain the curiosity for now. “It is a glamorous character if I must give a hint, but it’s better for me and the team to let it be a surprise until the shoot finishes.”



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While the actor, who returned to screen with a dance number in Heer Maan Ja, is convinced that her upcoming drama will win the audience, she is not as certain about the Pakistani film industry and the films being produced. “Most of the movies that have come out since the revival of our cinema have been plain bland. Most of them seemed like dramas screened in theatres.”

“Sadly, things are not like they were in the past,” said the Lollywood star, who has seen some serious stardom in the past. She perceives that great writing and unforgettable performances are totally missing from our films.

Zara admitted that it’s not the case with all the movies being produced but the majority. “Of course, this doesn’t go for all the movies, as some are really well-made ventures as well, but at least 90% of them, if not 100%.” She also feels that there’s limited choice and more films need to be produced.

Currently impressed by the television industry for producing a lot of commendable work, she says she is lucky to be able to be a part of one such amazing project.

Some more projects are currently in the pipeline and she will share the details soon. But for now, she’s focused on Raqs e Bismil, and needs lots of love, prayers, and support from her fans.

Penned by Hashim Nadeem, the drama stars Imran Ashraf and Sarah Khan in the lead and will be a joint production venture between Shazia Wajahat and Momina Duraid of MD Productions.