Nadia Khan gets Candid with Celebdhaba
Nadia Khan, needs no introduction, she immediately became a household name due to her vivacious and pleasant personality.
She debuted as a host with Talk show Daak Time (Mail Time) with Uncle Sargam in 1993.
Nadia Khan made her acting debut with Pal do Pal in 1996 written by Haseena Moin. She received major acclaim with Bandhan, 1997 which made her won her first PTV best actress award.
Her winning streak in drama serials with PTV continued with Bharam, Des Pardes, Mahrukh and Laag. Alongside acting, she continued hosting with a popular Lollywood Film gossip show,Box Office.
Khan set the trend of successful and meaningful morning show with (Breakfast with Nadia) 2003 on ARY Digital. She moved to GEO TV (2006) with Nadia Khan Show (Geo Mazay Say). She interviewed various artists, celebrities, politicians and athlete’s performers.
There were various segments on news, gossips, health, home & lifestyle. Who in the world can forget the way she made the entire nation groove to the tunes of “HAPPY TO YOU” (a popular and unique style of wishing birthdays).
The success of her morning shows “continued her domination” over her contemporary anchors. Nadia Khan was dubbed as the “Oprah Winfrey” of Pakistan by a major newspaper of the country in the year 2007.
After a brief hiatus, Khan made a comeback to anchoring with The Nadia Khan Show (Geo Phir Mazay Say) a weekend talk show on GEO TV in 2012. Later in 2015 she featured with a full flesh Morning show (Nadia Khan Show)
After seventeen years of absence from the drama industry, she made a comeback with “Aise Hai Tanhai” on (ARY Digital). Besides playing a second fiddle to Sonia Hussain, Khan proved her versatility yet again with her brilliant performance. The project was well received by the audience and left a strong message on women empowerment.
Her latest outing is Drama serial “Zan Mureed” on (HUM TV) depicting the stereotype routine life of house wife’s being treated as a prop and facing domestic violence by their husbands.
Nadia Khan became the First Pakistani beauty, fashion and lifestyle YouTube influencer to reach 100,000 subscribers on her official YouTube Channel, Outstyle in 2018.
ACCORDING TO YOU WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF CREATIVITY?
Every person is creative, regardless to any field. You have it within you.There is no formula to the creative process.
“THERE IS NO FORMULA TO THE CREATIVE PROCESS.YOU HAVE IT WITHIN YOU”
You have to be in that state of mind. It’s not a 24/7 process. I believe a woman who cooks in the kitchen is also creative and therefore prepares scrumptious meal.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR ACTING IS PRETENCE, AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS GENUINE?
My acting is always genuine. As far as comic roles are concerned my performance is effortless, it comes out very natural and spontaneous, due to my bubbly and vivacious nature.
One has to be pretence while portraying a serious role, as I don’t have that kind of personality. The more intense role, the more effort is required. Usually I don’t get to play comic characters more often as all the characters I am playing are quite intense these days.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO BRING SOUL TO THE CHARACTERS YOU PLAY ON SCREEN?
I am an artist who enjoys work. I become the character which I play i.e. if I cry, I actually cry, if I laugh, I actually laugh. For me conviction matters a lot, I have said no to a lot of scripts as I couldn’t relate to the characters.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAKING THINGS HAPPEN OR LETTING THINGS HAPPEN?
You make things happen. It takes a lot of dedication, hard work and budget to create a project. One can’t wait long enough to let things happen and put things at stake.
BEHIND YOUR SPONTANEOUS AND BUBBLY NATURE, WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING THAT PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I am an open book, there isn’t much surprise left for people to know about me. I’ve been myself in my morning shows. My OUTSTYLE videos let people know more about me. Indeed, I am one of those personalities, who are better known by my fans than me.
“OUTSTYLE WITH NADIA KHAN FASHION, BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE INFLUENCER; WWW.OUTSTYLE.COM”
THE ONE THING WHICH MADE YOU SAY YES TO AISE HAI TANHAI AND ZAN MUREED?
The subject, off course. Indeed all the things fell into the right place i.e stories, cast, production houses and channels were just superb.
ARE YOU A FEMINIST?
I don’t understand the term Feminist. As far it deals with the rights, respect and protection of women, yes I am a feminist. But what if, the feminist takes an undue advantage i.e. shouts at people, does nothing, dresses un appropriately, exposes, abuses, attends dirty parties and gets drug addict.
A woman is a homemaker, the way she speaks, behaves, and carries herself in a way, is a balanced Feminist. Feminism to me is the demeanor, the way to carry yourself, so that the other person respects you. If something wrong is being done with any one, everyone should unite and stand up to fight for the rights, especially for the young generation.
“A WOMAN IS A HOMEMAKER, THE WAY SHE SPEAKS, BEHAVES, AND CARRIES HERSELF IN A WAY, IS A BALANCED FEMINIST”
THE DRAMA INDUSTRY TODAY IS A DIFFERENT BALL GAME ALTOGETHER. YOU HAVE WORKED WITH PTV IN THE PAST, HOW ARE THINGS DIFFERENT NOW AND THEN?
I have done a couple of dramas with PTV; mostly I have done private productions. In a broader perspective, there is a vast difference technically. There wasn’t a proper system at PTV, they didn’t felt the need to prepare directors for the future or technically train people. I felt that art would nearly vanish in near future.
“THE SCRIPTS TODAY HAVE SOMETHING NEW AND FRESH TO OFFER, WHICH IS A BIG SIGH OF RELIEF”
Today things are growing for the better. The number of artist, production houses have increased. Young people with relevant training are raising the bar higher and higher. The equipment used abroad is being used in Pakistan.
Most importantly the scripts have something new and fresh to offer, which is a big sigh of relief. There was an era when I used to get annoyed listening to scripts. They were old repetitive and boring. I wonder how could anyone write such crap and even narrate it to the actors.
HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO KEEP A BALANCE BETWEEN STARDOM AND MOTHERHOOD?
I have always drawn a line between stardom and motherhood. I am a fun loving mom at home. I am not vocal about my work, gossips, relatives and friends with my kids. In fact my close friends treat me as a commoner. At times they correct me or even scold me.
My kids witness me as a mother who does all the domestic work, solves the domestic issues, gets stressed out and may get over worked at times.
On the contrary I am friends with my children, I love to dance, I have a sound system with disco lights in my kitchen. My kitchen looks like a club when I am cooking. My elder daughter sometimes gets embarrassed and wonders, what kind of a person I am.
I haven’t portrayed myself as a weak and depressed mother. I have kept the doors open for them to discuss. I want them to know the different aspects of motherhood. At times she may be weak, strong and even make mistakes. I don’t want them to make the mistakes which I made in my life; I want them to be a better person more than I am.
Rapid Fire Round
What’s the one thing you can live without?
I can easily survive without Sugar.
What’s the one thing on your bucket list?
Visit China to play with Pandas.
Name five must things in your handbag?
Lip Balm, Migraine Balm, Sinus Nasal spray, Wallet, Keys, Cards and Mini perfume.
Lipstick or Lip gloss?
Your favorite cheat meal?
Burger & Fries
One thing you always have in your fridge at any given time?
A super power you wish you have?
A power with which I could elect a good prime minister for the country
How often do you Google?
I am addicted to Google. I Google every minute.
What was the first thing you bought with your first pay cheque?
I didn’t buy anything for myself. I bought gifts for my siblings and especially for my parents.
Have you ever signed a project for a fat pay cheque?
Yes. Every project I sign is for a fat pay cheque, otherwise I don’t work, it’s not worth it.
A song that makes you grooves other than HAPPY TO YOU?
Breathe by Jax Jones & Anywhere, Fifty Shades Darker for you by Rita Ora.
What’s the one thing you can talk for hours on end?
Makeup and its accessories.
Whom would you like to star in your Hollywood debut?
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock.
What’s the most intelligent decision you’ve ever taken?
On a rating of one to ten, seven decisions taken by me are intelligent.
What’s the best excuse you’ve made if you get late for a shoot or appointment?
Traffic is always a best excuse.
Are you obsessed with Selfie’s?
No, I am not obsessed with selfies.
How long will you last without your cell phone?
Half an hour
What’s the last compliment that made you blush?
It feels good to hear that I am aging backward.People assume me and my daughter as siblings.
What’s the last prank you’ve played on someone?
I am not a prankster
What’s the coolest thing about being an actor?
There isn’t a cosmetic in the world other than success and recognition. It feels great to be a public temptation.
Which celebrity gracefulness you want to imbibe?
What would be the title of your Autobiography?
Being Nadia or Being NK
Who would play you in your biopic?
Saba Qamar for sure.
How would you prioritize yourself?
a) Actor / Presenter b) Producer / Youtube Vlogger
At present an Actor and Youtube Vlogger.