Sarish Khan's debut film Chain Aye Na has garnered much attention - for all the wrong reasons.
The scrutiny came after the release of the film's trailer last week... people just couldn't get past the weak production. However, in an interview with Images, Sarish revealed that she isn't fazed by the criticism surrounding the film.
"I saw the trailer right when everyone else saw it. Naturally, I support everything related to Chain Aye Na," said Miss Pakistan USA.
"I haven’t had the time between work and travel to delve into public reactions. But nonetheless, criticism - constructive or otherwise - doesn’t faze me. People have opinions and they have a right to voice them."
Sarish stands by her work and choice to sign the film. "I’m a hopeless romantic, so a story that plays on the importance of love, or lack thereof, is right up my alley."
And she also connected with her character. "Ruba, my character, is confident and assertive but also shy and timid," she explained. "In some ways, I feel like I am Ruba. She tends to go-with-the-flow and that can get her into trouble."
The star said she was comfortable as a newcomer in the industry owing to director Syed Noor and co-star Shahroz Sabzwari.
She explained, it was "effortless working with Syed Noor. He knows exactly what he wants and is meticulous when explaining the mood, situation, and emotions in any given scene."
And Shahroz managed to shine not only on-screen, but also off-screen in the debutante's eyes. "Shahroz is a wonderful actor but an even better person. We’ve become good friends over the past few months. His professionalism and positive attitude made Chain Aye Na a memorable experience for everyone. As far as on-screen chemistry is concerned, I think the audience will be the judge of that."
Her only regret about the film is that due to the hectic travelling between the US and Pakistan, she didn't get enough time to study her character as she wished she could have.
Currently Sarish is juggling between acting, photoshoots and interviews, however she plans to continue working in the local entertainment industry. "Of course," she replied. "I’m currently in America for work but would gladly return to Pakistan for the right project."
We asked what she's doing in the US and among other things, she told us she's participating in the Spartan challenge.
"The Spartan race is an extremely difficult obstacle race," she said. "I’ve been wanting to participate in the race for a while but couldn’t find the time to train."
She'll be running in the race to support Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) - a nonprofit she's been working with for many years as a women's empowerment ambassador. "I’m collaborating with local (American) media and brands to promote a positive image of Pakistan, particularly Pakistani women."
Sarish has already started training for the race and is following a detailed fitness and nutrition program. She's part of the Spartan Sprint which will take place in DC on September 10th.
Her debut film Chain Aye Na hits screens July 21st.