KARACHI: Remember when Mark Ruffalo’s photo in an ajrak went viral? Well, we’ve finally figured out who gifted the traditional Sindhi shawl to Hulk.
London-based Pakistani photographer Sadia Khan spoke exclusively to The Express Tribune as she recalled her encounter with the Hollywood superstar.
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“I was in London where Mark Ruffalo was shooting for his film Begin Again (2013), I had met him a couple of times on work related grounds back then. Incidentally, a year later, I got an opportunity to interact with the actor once again while he was shooting for The Avengers in the city,” she said.
It’s intriguing that Sadia presented the traditional Sindhi shawl to him — she reveals the reason behind this particular gift. “I was overwhelmed by his time and devotion to contribute to my work portfolio. So my father suggested that I give him something as a token of my appreciation,” she added.
“I wanted to give him a gift that represents Pakistan and our culture. Since, I am from Karachi, there would have been nothing more fitting than an ajrak,” she explained.
“It was kind enough of him to wear it the very next day and share the picture on Instagram. He also sent me a thank you note saying that he is going to wear it when he meditates,” she said.
She views Ruffalo’s social media gesture as a service to the Pakistani community — promoting our culture worldwide.
But Mark is not the only Avenger this lucky lady took a selfie with, here she’s seen with Mark’s co-star Chris Hemsworth who was also in London shooting for The Avengers.
Sadia’s journey started in 2010 when she moved to London to pursue post graduate studies. She initially started her career as a fashion stylist for hijab wearers but later ventured into photography. Her early days as a photographer were spent documenting issues faced by women residing in Asian countries.
She currently specialises in Indo-Pak fashion events and is proud of the fact that her hijab has not hindered her from achieving success in her line of work.
Would you believe she has also taken pictures with King Khan, Govinda and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to name a few?
This young photographer is currently working as a producer for a UK-based channel.