Saba Qamar has earned the limelight; her hit drama serials, like Maat and currently airing Besharam are proof of her acting prowess. Now, that the starlet is all set for a bigger role on the big screen with Lahore Se Aagey releasing this month, we take a look at her earlier film project 8969.
A few years ago she had appeared in the trailer of Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Kambakht and in Azeem Sajjad’s 8969.
"First things first," she starts. "I don’t think Hamza is interested in releasing Kambakht anymore as it was shot a long time back and if released, it might look awkward as a lot of things have changed."
"As for Azeem Sajjad’s project, it was not a film but a tele-film and I was conned into doing it because he was a family friend and claimed that his heroine had disappeared," she says.
A music video from the film was released showing Saba doing an 'item number' on a shoddy set with bad choreography. "He [Azeem Sajjad] told me that the song will be shot in a 'royal' manner with a huge set, limousines, foreign dancers and what not but when I went on the set, it resembled a second-grade stage," she continues.
"Despite my reservations, I went ahead with the badly-choreographed number which he promised to scrap once the producer had left. It was probably the biggest mistake of my career and the worst experience so far. But what was more hurtful were the statements by both of his wives who blasted me to save their egotistical husband from embarrassment."
8969 stars Saba Qamar, Hussain Tiwana, Sadaf Hamid and Ali Jabran Khan in lead roles and is set for release on 2nd December 2016.
Excerpts taken from the interview originally published in Dawn, Sunday Magazine, November 6th, 2016