A lot of stars have been recently reminiscing over their time working in Bollywood or the chance to do so but not getting to because of political turmoil. Sanam Saeed, who is busy raking in accolades for her cross-cultural web-series Qaatil Haseenaon Ke Naam, feels no different when it comes to actors working across the border and fully encourages it.
In an interview with The Indian Express, Sanam talked about how damaging it is for artists and their careers when unnecessary politics get in the way. “Politics to come in the middle of art is always crushing for any artist. We love these people, we want to see more collaborations. So everyone feels that universal pull and sadness. What good will come out of it, we don’t know,” she said.
“I guess when once, twice, thrice you are shot down, then you accept the situation and work with what you have. So keeping the hopes high were for the first few times. But we are talking about seven to eight years ago. Now we have all grown up and understood the ways of the world. Now, you have to accept the situation as it is. Always feel proud of what you are doing in the present, wherever you are. Good things will happen at their own time,” she said, sharing how accepting the situation is in the best of everyone’s interests.
Sanam also talked about the good times they all enjoyed before things went south between India and Pakistan. “There was a time when a lot of collaborations would happen. We had Kara Film Festival, we had Indian actors coming to Pakistan, our actors went there, and Bollywood opened the doors. It has always been a hot and cold situation. We are finally at a place where we don’t get our hopes too high. Each party is very comfortable with where they are in terms of the work they are doing, respectively,” she said.
However, Sanam and other artists like her still have their hopes up when it comes to cross-border collaborations. “We always thought that maybe one day we are going to get to work with our favourite directors, producers, actors. It was exciting to think all these opportunities were there, even Indians were excited and were looking for who to cast from here,” she shared.
Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam, which has an ensemble cast of Samiya Mumtaz, Sarwat Gilani, Eman Suleman, Meharbano and many others, recently bagged an accolade at the Promax India Awards 2022 and also won the Best Anthology award at the recently held Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore.