New Delhi: Pakistani actress Nadia Jamil says the complexity of her character in Fawad Khan-starrer telefilm, 'Behadd', challenged her mentally and emotionally.
The actress plays Masooma, a single mother of a 15-year-old girl, who falls in love with a man younger to her (Fawad) in the film, which will air in India on Zindagi channel today. "My role in 'Behadd' was so intense and strong that I freaked out initially when we started making the film, also because the director, Asim, makes sure his actors feel what the characters are going through.
"It affected me a lot. I took some time to get Masooma inside me," Nadia said. Though the actress went through an initial drill, she is happy her efforts paid off as the film was praised in Pakistan and has also generated excitement here.
"It means a lot that Indian audience will be seeing our work as 'Behadd' is a wonderful story. Though as an actor, I don't see difference in audience, India is special because I have a lot of relatives and friends here," she said, adding that she shares a close bond with late filmmaker Yash Chopra's family.
"I was very close to Yash uncle. My masi worked with him on 'Veer Zara', so that's how I got to know him. He has influenced me a lot, in fact I am writing a story for a film right now and I have realised that my way of writing is influenced by his story-telling.
"I talk to Pam aunty a lot (Pamela Chopra). Whenever I get to come to India, I will first go to meet her," Nadia said. When asked if she would want to follow the footsteps of her co-star Fawad Khan and enter Bollywood, considering she shares close ties with the Chopra family, Nadia said, "I am a very lazy and non-focused person, so it has to be a great story for me to come to India.
"Also, my kids are my priority so if I have to leave them back, it has to be something great. I was also offered a role in 'Veer Zara', but I did not take up because I was not serious," the actress said. Nadia, who has earlier been to India, said more than work she would like to visit the country for its food.
"The sambhar-dosa, butter chicken and chat you get in India, cannot be found anywhere in Pakistan. I would love to gorge on all these delicacies when I come here," she said.