Jemima Goldsmith ex-wife of Imran Khan busy with her schedule full of projects nowadays. A journalist who turned into a producer got a lot of stuff in her bag.
She’s currently working with Ryan Murphey on a TV Series called ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’ that covers the international affair of Bill Clinton and her intern Monica Lewinsky.
Jemima has always been very vocal about her relationship with PM Imran Khan in her various interviews. But this time she came with a different idea and producing something that people should it feels like being with an old man.
She also shared her experience of marriage too in an interview and talked about arrange marriage perspective in Pakistan.
Jemima Khan On Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky – Old Man, Young Woman
Having chitchat with the ‘Evening Standard’ Jemima Khan said, “The stories that I choose to explore are always ones that resonate with me on a personal level,” she continued by saying that’s not the first time I worked on the Clinton-Lewinsky affair.
She said, “Monica was vulnerable because a famous actor had just said, ‘why did they let you in?’ I don’t think in England we have any real sense of the extent to which she was demonized.
That was one of my big motivations for getting the documentary made and also this Ryan Murphy project.”
She further said, “During the interviews, she was describing the FBI sting, and I suddenly realized that the same year, in Pakistan, I’d had to leave the country because I’d also been threatened with jail on politically trumped-up charges.
I’d been accused of smuggling antiques, one of the few non-bailable offenses in Pakistan. I realized there were parallels, marrying an older, politically powerful man and being used to undermine him.”
Along with that her new project ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ starring a power-packed cast, starring Lily James, Sajal Aly, Farhan Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Emma Thompson among others.
‘Pakistan Changed My Arrange Marriage Perspective’ – Jemima Khan
She also discussed the time when she visited Pakistan, “When I went to Pakistan, I probably had the same views as the rest of my friends about the concept of arranged marriage, which is that it is a mad, outdated idea.”
She continued, “But I came back after ten years with a slightly different view, whereby I could see some merits to it.
In a world where we are led entirely by the idea of romantic love, if we could inject some pragmatism into that, a little more objectivity, then we might find a middle ground somewhere between passion and pragmatism, and we might make better decisions.”
“When I was in Pakistan, I genuinely ended up arranging marriages. Quite often these children of friends of my ex-husband would say, ‘ok, we’ll have an arranged marriage, but can Jemima be involved’.
That didn’t mean that the parents didn’t have ultimate sign-off, but I was part of the process, and I saw them play out.
I don’t want to be Pollyannaish, because I know that forced marriage is a whole different thing. But when it’s what has come to be known as assisted marriage, I’ve seen it work very successfully.”
‘From Reassuring To Awry’ – Jemima Goldsmith
In 1995, Jemima got married to Imran Khan and at that time she was 21 and Imran Khan 42. She also made some serious confessions about her marriage too.
“It [marriage] is not a normal decision, aged 21, with all the freedoms and privileges that we grew up with, to essentially give those up, to go and live in an extremely black and white culture and adopt a black and white way of life and doctrine, with a man who was twice my age and a born-again Muslim.”
She further commented, “At that point in my life I found some reassurance in the prescriptiveness of that culture, that religion, that man.
When my sister [India Jane Birley] was asked in an interview why I went there she said, very intelligently, ‘moral certitude.’
It was seen as this great amorous adventure and I am not sure that was the whole story. I would say, in retrospect, that moral certainty might have been more of a driving factor.”
She also stated how her marriage went from reassuring to awry. “But after ten years, what had felt reassuring deferring to other people and not having to come up with solutions myself began to feel like a loss of autonomy.
As you get older you realize that you can find some of the answers in yourself.”
Jemima shared everything about her marriage and arrange marriage perspective because of her new project that’s related to it.
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