2022 is the year of homecoming for actress Hiba Nawab as she has collaborated with Rajan Shahi and his banner Director’s Kut Production for their new show “Woh Toh Hai Albelaa”. Her last show with the production house was “Tere Sheher Mein” which went on-air in 2015. The actress stressed that a break is always necessary not just to rejuvenate but also to break free of a previous character.
“It’s important to take a little break not just as an actor but as a human being as well because with all the hard work and the busy schedule, you miss out on so much, so you need some time off. Also, as an actor, I feel you need to take a break because when you perform one particular character you become that person and you need a break to get over it,” she said, adding her own experience, “For the past five years I have only been doing comedy shows and it took me a while to come out of that chulbuli-zone. So when I started this show I was facing a lot of difficulties but the creatives, the director and the makers were very supportive and they helped me through the process.”
Though “Woh Toh Hai Albelaa” is a family drama, she feels that it’s going to stand out of the current lot of shows in the same genre. She said, “The script is very strong, and the characters they are very important, and the twists and turns especially, because while I am shooting I am eager to know what’s going to happen next. This show will make the audience go crazy. They would want to know why it happened what happened. It is a full package of drama, romance, light-hearted comedy and people would love to see it.”
Hiba also mentioned that she feels like a clean slate as she is back to the genre after a good five years. She confessed, “It’s a good thing actually because I am very raw and as good as new and the makers can mold me into my character of Sayuri Sharma.”
The young actress also feels that these days it’s very important for the audience to connect to the story and its characters.
“I feel if I could relate to a certain character then only I would want to watch it on TV or some other platform. So I think relating to the character is really important because as an audience I would want to feel the same and as an actor too I need to relate to my character because whenever I perform it’s 50 percent me and 50 percent of the character, so it’s like I kind of make my own character with the help of the makers of course. So the character must be relatable,” she said.
Hiba also shared her thoughts on the pandemic and said that it was quite scary initially. “I was working when it all started. We were taking precautions but still a few of my co-actors got really sick in the beginning and the situation was quite frightening. More than anything else it was very depressing and I don’t want to go back to those days,” she said.
“Now what we can do is wear a mask, take precautions and hope that it gets better soon. I feel it was a difficult phase for the technicians, setting dada and the spot boys, they suffered a lot financially and I don’t want another wave or lockdown coming. I just wish and hope that we continue working in a better environment,” she concluded.