Saba Qamar is known for her bold persona and daring personality. Therefore, no other actor could be more fitting to play the slain social media star Qandeel Baloch, whose biopic is in the works.
From her Bollywood debut as a mother in Hindi Medium, to her role in Beysharam, Saba has been quite conscious in her choice of roles. Titled Baaghi, the drama is yet to be released. In an exclusive interview , Saba says, “I can do regular roles at any point in my career, but it’s good to do something my fans will remember me for.”
The Lahore Se Aagay star supports Baloch, criticism against whom, she says, was misguided. “The perception was that Qandeel Baloch made inappropriate videos, but no one knows why she did it… She did it to earn money and support her family. She wasn’t educated, but dreamt of becoming famous. She didn’t have any other option to fulfill her dreams apart from taking to social media. She tried to do regular jobs, but wherever she went, she was exploited,” asserted Saba.
Although, Baloch was criticised immensely for her bold videos, she still had a huge fan following. Saba asserts that the people of Pakistan, who criticised her for her widespread reach, were the ones who gave her that platform.
“If anyone, it’s the people who need to be blamed for making Qandeel a social media sensation. If no one had followed her, she would not have made what she did. It’s they who are responsible for her death,” Saba added.
The first look of the biopic has earned the Maat star severe criticism, and reactions that she terms “very strong”.
“When we released the poster, the abuses poured in. If they are expecting an entertaining show, they will be disappointed. We are going to showcase the difficulties she faced, not glorify her. Either this show manages to change the way our community thinks, or I die doing it,” she concluded