In an interview with Fuchsia Magazine, the singer-turned-actor shed light on his character in the ongoing web series Badshah Begum and why he chose the angry-man role this time around. He also responded to the general critique the show might face and lamented how the audience has now started taking dramas “too seriously”.
Since the Khizer Idrees directorial divorced itself from any similarities to reality by deeming itself a thorough work of fiction, the reporter raised the question of whether the purpose of the drama has now been reduced only to entertainment or does it still holds a message for the viewers.
“It is an entertainment industry. Please watch it as entertainment only. I have often seen people on social media posting against serials and questioning ‘what are they teaching’ or ‘what are they implying’. We are not in a preaching or teaching industry. If there is a message, that’s fine. If not, dramas are made for entertainment,” shared the Udaari actor in response.
“People nowadays have started taking dramas too seriously. They ban things and comment on certain portrayals in the shows thinking, ‘What will people take from it?’ Firstly, they should know that whatever they show serves as a mirror to society.”
He concluded with a message for the audience, asserting, “All of you, take it easy. If you don’t like the content, change the channel.”
On enjoying his character
Saeed also revealed that Pir Shahzaib was not the only role he had considered. “I was offered another role in another drama before the role of Pir Shahzaib and I chose the latter because I’ve never played a character like it before.”
“When I was reading the script, Shahzaib’s character kept attracting me throughout and I’m glad I chose it. In hindsight, I have been a part of many projects, but this one was special. Shahzaib will stay with me for sure.”
The makers of the show described Shahzaib’s character as a grey one. Challenging the notion, the host questioned him whether it really is grey or is it an anti-hero narrative where he plays the negative side. “I don’t see it that way at all. It is not negative,” clarified Saeed. “You’ll see it once you watch the show, but that’s not the perception you should have.”
Since Saeed is an established name in the entertainment industry as a singer and as an actor, he spoke about how the younger generation of actors that he worked with did not see him as Farhan Saeed the star.
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