Acting is like digging a grave: Shaista Lodhi

Posted on Sep 6 2016 - 7:50pm
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Mahira khan was a VJ back in mid 2000 and now she’s a film actress. Syra Yousuf adopted the same route. And so did Naveen Waqar. But can you think of a morning show host who entered the field of acting and never looked back? Not really. While we’ve seen famous actresses (Sanam Baloch, Juggun Kazim, Nida Yasir, and many more) host morning shows, we’re yet to see a morning show host making it big in the drama industry. Well known morning show host, Shaista Lodhi, is all set to change that.

We’ve seen her host, model, and even act in a music video, but she’s never taken up a full fledged acting assignment. The veteran host recently signed drama serial, Khwaab Nagar, directed by Atif Hussain and being produced by Fahad Mustafa and Dr. Ali Kazmi’s production house, Big Bang Entertainment.

“I was receiving offers for quite some time now, but somehow it didn’t work out because of my busy schedule,” Lodhi recounted how she said yes to Mustafa’s offer. “This time when they asked me to do this serial, incidentally, I had a window and I said yes.”

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We saw her act in Faakhir Mehmood’s intense video based on Indo-Pak partition and from that day onward we’ve been waiting to see her perform on screen. Since we’ve seen many well-known singers and personalities get a bit wooden when acting in front of the camera for the first time, we wondered if that the case with Lodhi?

“It was like digging a grave. Acting is a really tough job since you need to make sure your emotions, pace of your dialogue, and expressions are on point,” Lodhi shares. “At times, I found myself speeding through the dialogues like a host [without paying any attention to the acting bit], but then I saw my co stars and noticed how they delivered their dialogues like they actually mean what they’re saying. Basically, I learnt acting on set.”

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And here we thought facing live cameras for over around a decade would make things easy for Lodhi, but learning the script and getting into the character’s shoes is even more difficult than facing live audience.

“I’ve always dreaded recorded programs. I’m a spontaneous person by nature so scripts and recordings make me nervous. I’d rather say what comes to my mind instead of rote learning a script so naturally it was a task to get used to television cameras.”

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Acting workshops aren’t all that common in our industry, but globally they help a lot and it seems Lodhi would’ve loved to do rehearsals and workshops before the shoot began.

“No, we didn’t do a workshop as such but we did practice on set,” the host confesses. “Faysal Qureshi and other actors on set are close friends so [thankfully] I was comfortable on sets and they helped me a lot.” She adds, ” I often found myself acting like a host then I would take a step back and look at my co stars. Ek minute mein dialogue bol kar rakh deti thi mein.

If you see Lodhi ‘reading’ her dialogues emotionlessly instead of delivering them like a pro in the first half of the drama serial, then please give her the benefit of the doubt. It is her first acting project afterall. Did she choose a run of a mill character to make her acting debut or she went all experimental?

“My character, Sumera, is your normal Pakistani middle-aged married woman,” Lodhi shared. “She basically belongs to the target audience I’ve been catering to in my morning shows. I’ve often heard their problems, tried to solve them, but now I’m going to try and live their life on screen.”

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The debutante (yes, she is) found it difficult to internalize Sumera’s character because she’s nothing like her. Sumera prefers to stay quiet in the face of adversity while Lodhi is as vocal as it comes. Sumera’s resilience is her strength while Lodhi’s strength lies in her go-getter attitude.

“During the shoot, I found myself thinking how Sumera would react to this, and it helped a lot,” Lodhi said.

Khwaab Nagar’s shoot is in process and we expect to see Lodhi’s serial some time in October or November on ARY Digital.

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