Power couple Mansha Pasha and Jibran Nasir were the latest guests to join actor and writer, Mira Sethi, on her show.
The interview offers a glimpse into the rather private side of lawyer and activist Jibran Nasir, with his proclamation of love for his fiancé being our favourite highlight.
Nasir makes it a point to praise his fiancé’s talent during the interview. “She is an enterprising, ambitious working woman. She also has her alone time, some hours to explore herself, her talent as an actress, and that is what brings me inspiration.”
Talking about Pasha's new project Muhabbat Tujhe Alvida, Sethi praised her on choosing a different character.
Pasha talked about playing a "boss lady" but with flaws and how choosing from a wide array of roles helps actors avoid falling in a pit of similar roles. She identified herself doing the same and said she actively went for this project to change things up.
Both the actresses, Pasha and Sethi, emphasised that the industry needs better producers and scripts. “Times have changed; there’s TikTok, there are many digital video platforms which are challenging the traditional family dramas,” said Pasha.
Speaking about the critically acclaimed film Laal Kabootar, Pasha added that the industry needs to learn and catch up with the viewers’ growing appetite for experimental content.
Bringing up Jibran's activism, Sethi asked Pasha if she was ever concerned about his safety. “No, I think to take that part away from him will take away the essence of who he is as a person. His straightforwardness is one of the many things that I love about him. It’s a path that he has chosen for himself, and in order to be with him, I have accepted it as a part of the package.”
The couple agreed that their motivation for work — specially challenging status quo — helps in eliminating fear.
Sethi then steered the interview towards equal opportunity, asking them about their feminist politics. "Growing up in a matriarchal household, we had to do everything ourselves," answered Pasha. "From a young age, I had learnt to cook, drive, etc. There was no male figure to help us with our errands. So feminism, which is a catch-all phrase now […] it has been my way of life. I didn’t know any other way to be.”
Nasir agreed with Pasha about the need for creating equal opportunity for every individual despite gender, race, class, religion, and ethnicity. He further stressed that it was the need of the hour that respect be established between all citizens.
When asked about dealing with everything that comes with being in the public eye, Nasir said: “I am okay with living in someone’s head rent free. I’ve made peace with it.”
The show is part of a series on YouTube channel WatchNa and part two of the interview will be aired on Saturday.