Saturday May 20, 2017
The Pakistani actress who proved her mettle in Pakistani dramas with her brilliant dialogue delivery and acting is winning hearts in India too.
Saba Qamar made her debut in Bollywood with Hindi Medium, starring alongside the versatile Irrfan Khan. While Irrfan is a class apart when it comes to delivering hits, Qamar has also proved herself a versatile actor who can mould herself in any character. And so when news came of her starring alongside Irrfan, unlike so many others, we not for a moment thought she would be overshadowed by the actor.
Various publications in India gave raving reviews on her acting in the film, which is about a couple (Irrfan and Qamar) trying to get their daughter admitted in the best possible school. The film focuses on the obsession in our part of the world with seeing the English language as the ultimate ticket to success.
“Qamar is a beauty. Between her and Fawad Khan, they might convince Hindi film audiences that Pakistan has cornered a majority share of the world’s hotness. Though her character is often hyper, her acting never is – that is a fine line to tread, and she pulls it off,” a review in Firstpost says.
Pinkvilla lamented the tensions between the two countries for not getting Qamar to see in movies enough. “Whoever found Saba Qamar, take a bow!”
Hindustan Times describes the Pakistani actress as “equally effective and funny as a wife who keeps saying ‘stand ho jao’ and ‘lonely and depressed’”.
“Saba Qamar is Pakistan's finest export so far, and excels as the Chandni Chowk girl with social climbing aspirations,” says India today.
Back home, she will also be starring in a biopic on the slain Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch and is already getting a lot of praise for it.