Model-turned-actress Zubab Rana has garnered acclaim for her role in the recently concluded drama serial “Bandish.” Haider Rifaat sat down with her to know more about the rising star

What drew you to acting?

I knew I wanted to act since I was a child. The way actors are able to portray different characters and bring them to life has always fascinated me.


Tell us about your role in Bandish.

I played the character of an innocent bride-to-be, who happens to be a victim of black magic.

Are you open to experimentation with roles? 

Of course, I would like to play versatile characters. I feel doing justice to a challenging role is any actor’s biggest achievement.

Will you consider signing a film anytime soon? 

Definitely! If the right script comes along, I’d be game.

Who has been the biggest influenc in your life?

My father. The values he’s instilled in me and the way he’s lived his life continue to inspire me daily.

Do you think a career in acting makes it difficult to spend time with your loved ones?

I can’t speak for my colleagues, but I make sure I take enough time out for those who matter.

How do you stay fit?

I strongly believe a healthy body ensures a healthy mind. I don’t necessarily follow a set diet plan, but I try to make healthy choices whenever I can.

Define beauty.

I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than confidence. A confident person wins half the battle before even drawing his sword.

What makes you smile and what scares you the most? 

My mother’s happiness makes me smile. What I fear most on the other hand, are my loved ones going through adversity.

Your thoughts on marriage? 

I’m open to the idea of marriage, when the time is right, with the right man.

What brings you the most satisfaction?

I’m a very family oriented person. Whenever my family is happy and content, I’m satisfied.

What’s the best advice you’ve received?

“Just have faith in God.” It has always helped me.

“The way actors are able to portray different characters and bring them to life has always fascinated me”

What’s on your bookshelf?

I’m not much of a reader. All I ever read are the scripts I receive.

What’s on your to-do list for the coming months?

I’m planning to travel and Europe is most definitely on the list.

Your greatest indulgence?

Freud said, “To be happy, all one needs is love and work” and I would define that as my indulgence.

If you could, what one piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

I wish I had understood the importance of self-worth. Therefore, I’d advise my younger self to be proud of who she is and to stay true to her beliefs.

Good Times


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