Humor has power undeniable. It is able to bring together people and stories in ways which are memorable and manage to leave a strong impression. Such was the case when Sheherzade Noor Peerzada exploded on our screens with her perfectly timed and truly original character ‘Baji’. It was sassy, creative and undeniably smart. But that isn’t all this ball of talent is capable of. Setting the screen on fire with her debut drama, Sheherzade has plenty to look forward to as she depicts what it means to be the right combination of fiery and feisty in the world of entertainment. While speaking to Social Diary, this mega artist shares her vision on making great content, why dramas and films need to take the unconventional highway and how her journey with Baji has just begun!
SD: Coming from a family infused in the works of art- was this always your natural calling?
Sheherzade: Yes. I’ve always wanted to be an actress. Since before I was born (yes, I said before).The performing arts have always inspired me in ways that I didn’t even know were possible.
SD: you performed in major theater work while in LUMS- is it something you wish to pursue again, in a mainstream framework?
Sheherzade: For sure. Theater definitely has its own rigor, flavor, and thrill. Would love to star in a compelling theater production.
SD: When looking into the films and drama industry, do you feel we have become cliché to certain subjects and genres and should be exploring out-of-the box ideas and concepts too?
Sheherzade: Definitely. The most important part of the film and drama industry is the script. We need to write better scripts and facilitate, encourage and celebrate our writers. As an industry we don’t give much importance to the script, without which it’s impossible to change the narrative that we have all been exposed to thus far.
SD: Share more with our readers about your debut drama?
Sheherzade: The drama is called Aitebaar and it is airing on Hum TV. My character’s name is Hira and I’m excited to bring her to life in an intriguing framework. Be sure to watch it on Mondays at 8pm.
SD: As a content creator who also stated she isn’t a fan of social media-how do you remain passionate towards your craft?
Sheherzade: I’m still navigating this journey myself – There’s no set formula. I think what’s most important is reminding myself to do what makes me happy and pour all my love and dedication into my work. That’s what keeps me going.
SD: You created the character ‘Baji’ as entertainment for family and friends when you were 8 years old. How do you feel this character has progressed to allow you to express and voice your opinion over various social matters?
Sheherzade: I always feel unhinged when I’m Baji and I love it. Baji has the license to say things that I would maybe think twice before saying. Baji is a satire character and I think this genre of comedy has so much to offer. I feel like my journey with Baji has only begun!
SD: Are there any interesting projects you are working on right now?
Sheherzade: Wrapping up my first drama with Hum TV and maybe some other things that you’ll learn about soon! I wish NDAs didn’t exist. Haha.
SD: Your words of advice to youngsters to create original work and come out of their shells?
Sheherzade: Follow your bliss. Something my Mom always says to me, and it’s just as simple as that.
IN A GLANCE
The Thing You are Grateful for in the Pandemic?
Your most prized possession?
A comical collaboration you would love to be part of?
Me ft. Dave Chappelle
The one thing that is a mood killer?
Dishonest and judgmental people.
Three things you have with you all the time?
Depends on where I am.
Your life’s motto?
It changes from time to time but this chapter of my life is about ‘Following my Bliss’ in the wise words of my Mom.
Morning Person or Late Nights Enthusiast
Depends on what the plan is.
Desi Wear or Western
Depends on my mood
Don’t have one right now..
Let’s save this for another time
Patience, I’ve been told.
Someone you wish to meet
The best thing about your work
It doesn’t feel like work, on most days
The worst thing about your work
Delayed payments, uninspiring scripts
Your favorite artist?
There’s so many.
What people don’t know about you?
They don’t know for a reason.
Your dream destination
Anywhere where there’s no COVID-19