What sparked your interest in acting?
It was a complete accident actually. I went to an architectural school where Shehzad Roy spotted me. And so, acting just happened. It wasn’t planned at all!
How would you describe your career growth?
I think it keeps getting better and better. The quality of production has become better also. I took a five-year break in the middle but that hasn’t affected my career.
People have associated you with different male artists and started many rumours. What do you have to say about that?
Rumours belong in the trash. That is why they are called rumours and not facts. It may be true in the eyes of the public but I pay absolutely no heed to it.
You are acting in movies as well as drama serials these days. How different are the two genres from one another?
They are both extremely different. The actor has fewer scenes in a movie, whereas dramas have a lot more room for performing. The main difference lies in the screen sizes. Other than that, both genres are similar. I am very picky about movies and tend to play it safe. I picked Waar because I had a feeling that it would turn out to be big. Thankfully, Jawani Phir Nahin Ani is heading towards being a blockbuster as well.
People know a lot about Ayesha Khan, the actor. What would you want people to know about Ayesha Khan, the person?
I am nothing like any of the characters I have played. I usually do negative roles but I am nothing like it. In real life, I am a very balanced person: not too negative and not too emotional.
Do you think that critics and public expect too much from an artist?
Of course they expect too much! They want the actor to nail every character. What they don’t understand is that the director plays a huge part in getting the acting out of an actor.
Your latest movie, Jawani Phir Nahin Ani, has already generated some controversy owing to some of the other actors it features. Do you think this makes for bad publicity?
No, I don’t believe this is bad for the movie at all. I can only talk about myself when I say that I am nobody to tell others how to live their lives. At the end of the day, everyone has the right to their own opinions.
If awards were for sale, how much would you be willing to pay for them?
Zero! I don’t believe in awards as they don’t seem fair to me. I have never allowed anyone to nominate, me neither have I attended any award ceremonies. I attended the ceremony for Waar and I won awards for that but it didn’t really change my life.
Any advice for young females aspiring to become an actor?
Don’t come if you don’t have patience. Also, there is no room for a bad attitude in the industry. It is easy to make it here but very difficult to maintain your status.
Actor and model
Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, October 4th, 2015.