Lively, chirpy and free-spirited, Sanam Jung is all that and more. Though many believed that she would disappear from screens post her marriage, she has continued with her hosting duties on Hum TV’s Jago Pakistan Jago with the same level of enthusiasm and dedication. The actress-turned-host, who just bagged the ‘Best On-Screen Couple’ award alongside Imran Abbas, at the 4th Hum Award, has been enjoying her life as it comes.
While fans wonder what Sanam has in store for them other than a morning show, we decided to catch up with the actress on her career plans, future endeavours, B-Town gossips and personal life:
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HIP: How has marriage been so far and how has it changed you as a person?
Sanam Jung: Honestly, I don’t even feel like I’m married. We’ve all heard about how there are more responsibilities on your shoulders and how everything changes, but that’s not the case with me. The family that I’m married into is amazing. My in-laws are very supportive and they don’t expect me to do any chores. But I do believe I’ve became more positive and relaxed after being married; my husband is more like a friend to me.
HIP: How does your husband react to fan encounters?
SJ: Well I’ve known my husband for the past eight years and I wasn’t even in the limelight back then. So he has seen me grow and have phases, and has been there for me throughout. So he understands that it’s a part of my profession. He usually feels awkward and walks away, but he absolutely loves it when aunties come up and give me their best wishes.
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HIP: What projects are you currently busy with?
SJ: Well I’m not doing a lot of stuff at the moment. I host a morning show on Hum TV and that’s about it. I want to take it easy since I just got married recently; I want to enjoy that. I don’t want to be too harsh on my husband and want to be home on time.
HIP: Should we expect to see you in films soon?
SJ: I have been getting a lot of offers, but I’m not too sure about it. I’m just trying to absorb and understand what’s happening. I don’t have a certain goal; this is not how I work. If I like something and I know I want to it, only then will I take up a project. Even with television serials, I do one once a year.
HIP: Do you have any plans of crossing the border? What do you think we need to learn from Bollywood?
SJ: Well I have received a couple of offers, and I just recently turned down one last month. I didn’t even bother asking for the script or who the makers are. I don’t know why, but I’m just not that open to go ahead with such projects. And if I don’t feel like doing it, I won’t.
As far as learning is concerned, I think we need to learn a lot – especially professionalism. When I was about to interview Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, I was actually quite nervous. I’ve watched their movies and I love them, but they made me feel so comfortable. And before we shot with Varun Dhawan, he was the one to start the conversation and showed me his promos. So I’d say that people there are very humble and accommodating compared to most here.
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HIP: What do you think is the best part of being a host and what’s your take on the current stream of morning shows?
SJ: I get to speak to a lot of people, listen to them and share my ideas with them. And I absolutely love the vibe, the kind of response that I get early in the morning. That doubles my energy. And the fact that the whole world is listening to you, and you can educate them and tell them whatever you want. I believe the audience is like my friend. It’s fun.
But as a host, we play a very important role in educating the masses. There are certain types of content that the educated masses won’t approve of, but I try to cater all audiences. The rest I believe is done to get ratings.
HIP: It is often said that as a host, actresses fail to utilize their potential. How far is this true?
SJ: When you’re hosting, you’re just being yourself. I cannot act while I’m live, so hosting is dependent on your own ideas. I do feel, at times, that hosting overexposes one but at the same time I meet so many people who are wanting to watch me star in a serial. However when you’re acting, you’re basically moulding yourself according to the character and people will appreciate it only if they like it. I believe people want to watch both the sides of Sanam Jung.
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HIP: Though times have changed, still a majority of people look down upon acting as a profession for women. How did you pave your way into the industry and how difficult was it?
SJ: Well I was doing my BBA when I started VJ-ing. And after that I started preparing a CV and planned to enter the corporate world. But then Nina Kashif from MD Productions kept calling me and was persistent on having me on board and I continuously kept telling her that media was not my cup of tea. But then just slipped into it.
My parents were very supportive and from day one I knew I had to keep my grades up, so I was managing both. Generally speaking, people initially didn’t think of acting as a respectable job, but with time I think people have changed and such ideologies don’t exist anymore.
HIP: Which other contemporary actors do you admire and look up to?
SJ: Honestly, I don’t watch dramas, I only watch my own. But the last actress I saw on television, and thought was fantastic, was Sanam Saeed. I loved her in Zindagi Gulzar Hai and she’s a great person otherwise as well, very genuine and down-to-earth. Apart from her, I had a ball working with Adnan Siddiqui, Imran Abbas and Sarwat Gilani; I think they’re amazing actors and great to be around.
HIP: How important are awards in an actor’s career?
SJ: Well I don’t think they are important at all. In fact when I won, I was actually quite shocked. I don’t think it proves anything. There is such amazing talent that is nominated and I think giving a trophy to one particular person doesn’t justify. Every character that is portrayed is different and all of them deserve applause. I have never worked for an award and never even thought I could win one. I think I’m an average actress. Besides, I don’t think that not getting an award should stop an actor from working hard.