Last month, fans of Sanam Baloch were delighted to hear that the phenomenal actress will be making her comeback with a tele-film based on the life of Marium Mukhtar, the first Pakistani female fighter pilot to embrace martyrdom in the line of duty. The tele-film is directed by Sarmad Khoosat, written by Umera Ahmed and produced by Mehreen Jabbar. It will air on Urdu 1. Sarmad Khoosat, Sanam Baloch, Umera Ahmed and Mehreen Jabbar – is this actually happening? The team screams perfection!
In an interview with Dawn Images, Sanam Baloch shared, “Urdu1 along with Mehreen Jabbar directly approached me for the tele-film. Although Mehreen Jabbar is not directing it, she owns the project. Also when I came to know Umera has written it, I couldn’t refuse it. It is the role of Marium Mukhtar, a national hero. This project is particularly for myself, my satisfaction as an actor – although it is extremely challenging to live her life and go through the entire process of training but I have to live [the] life of someone incredible.”
For the role, Sanam’s gone through a fair bit of pilot training. “Before the shoot, I had spent first two days with the cadets so I can adapt to their environment and body language at the Air Force Academy. I have a couple of Air force people and trainers at the shoot (set), who are helping me out with it. I am trying my best to replicate the way they move about,” she shared.
Sanam Baloch spoke highly of Sarmad Khoosat. “People often call Sarmad a maestro, and he is indeed one of them. He knows what he wants from the actor and the camera. He’s studious about his work and I think that’s what makes him Sarmad Khoosat, he can bring out best from anyone. It is such a strenuous routine; plus, the weather is horrid, But he’s on his feet through all this time – and that’s what revitalizes our energy as a team. The captain of the ship is the leader of an entire vessel and he knows how to keep that vessel well floating successfully.”