With a glimmer in her eyes and a radiant energy around her, actress Sarah Razi is one who definitely knows how to own the camera. Passionate about her work, she commits to her family with the same resilience and ensures that there is a fine balance between her personal and professional life. Speaking to Social Diary, she shared details on how she chooses her projects, the pandemic and what 2022 holds for her. Read On:
SD: What led you to enter the world of entertainment ?
Sarah: Honestly, I would say it was pure luck. Early on, I hadn’t even thought of taking up this field but it was funny how things came together.
SD: How do you choose your projects?
Sarah: Actually earlier on, I used to give preference to my studies. So that is how I would be choosing my projects- anything that was manageable with my time.
SD: Looking into how your sister is also in the same field, do you feel that is some unneeded comparison from the viewers?
Sarah: Actually I strongly believe that everyone has their own perspective towards life so people comment within their own restricted range either positive or negative. There is not much I can do about it and I don’t let it get to my head.
SD: Do you feel there is too much competition in the drama industry and if so, is it healthy enough?
Sarah: Yes there is definitely a good amount of competition, and not just in the drama industry but I think it is there in every field of life. But when looking at how it has impacted our industry, I wouldn’t consider it healthy as it has shifted the focus on making money instead of providing quality content. When there has been sheer swift in drama dynamics and the focus is on quantity rather than quality, you know things aren’t right.
SD: Who do you consider as one of the most promising directors of this age and why?
Sarah: Oh there are quite a few names to consider like Mazhar Moin, Nadeem Baig, and Ehtisham Uddin are some of my favorites. This is basically because they are still the ones who choose genuine content to create and represent.
SD: What has been the most rewarding role you have done till date and why?
Sarah: Looking at my choice of roles, I had gotten offers for some really meaty and interesting roles, however I would always choose my education over everything else, which is why I would have to drop them. But I love the roles I got to do.
SD: How do you create a good balance between your work life and personal life?
Sarah: It’s never easy to balance professional and personal life. That being said, I feel you need to focus on what needs to be done. This means focusing all your attention on one thing at a time. This allows for you to ensure you have a good handle on things and how to head along.
SD: How have you been coping with the ongoing pandemic?
Sarah: At start much like everyone else, it was definitely tough to come to terms with how to deal with this situation. But we as resilient beings were able to muster courage to make it through. This included focusing on ways in which you can continue to lead your lives and emphasizing on taking on digital platforms and making portals work which you didn’t know of earlier on. But it definitely brought the family together as we aimed to become a protective shield for one another.
SD: You had made your film debut in 2018-how did that come about?
Sarah: It was an absolutely defining and wonderful experience. We had shot in Scotland with such breathtaking views. Also it was crew which consisted of the best names from the Pakistani and Indian industry, including that of Javed Sheikh Sb. While it didn’t get to do much business in Pakistan, the songs and quality of the film was definitely at par with international projects and remains an excellent project till date.
SD: If you could choose one- what would it be, working in the drama industry or films?
Sarah: Films but again, choosing really good ones.
SD: Do you have any aspirations and plans to make the most out of 2022?
Sarah: Honestly, I am not the one who believes in creating resolutions. However I do pray and remain grateful to Allah for all that He has provided us. To move forward means to ensure you are completely thankful for all the blessings you have. Sometimes we just take things for granted.
IN A GLANCE
The Thing You are Grateful for in the Pandemic?
The time I got to spend at home
Your most prized possession?
The valuables from loved ones
Your favorite drama?
Pyar ke sadqay
The one thing that is a mood killer?
When I want and feel like going out and the husband doesn’t agree
Three things you have with you all the time?
My mask, my phone and my daughter’s belongings
Your life’s motto?
To be focused on my goals, to strive for women empowerment and aim for continuous growth
Morning person or late night enthusiast?
Morning person on week days and late nights on weekends
Desi Wear or Western?
Depends on where I am going
I have made a few wrong decisions in my life so can’t say which one is the biggest
An Inspiring Role Model
Someone you wish meet
Top 3 things on your bucket list
To buy a new phone, a car and the chance to perform Hajj
The best thing about your work
All hard work definitely pays off when people appreciate you
The worst thing about your work
Your favorite actor?
Several actors including Yumna Zaidi, Ryan Reynolds, Sajal, Aamir Khan and a few more
What people don’t know about you?
I can be good storyteller and a writer
The craziest rumor you heard about yourself
That my marriage was an extravagant affair
Your dream destination
I have already visited one Scotland. Many more to go .