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Sonia Jehan on Khoya Khoya Chand

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What is your personal view about Pakistani Film Industry? Can you compare Bollywood with it?
No, you can't. It's not at all a good industry. I personally don't admire their work or their ethics.

Are they unprofessional?
They are very talented people and extremely gifted. There are good singers and directors. In Pakistan there's no lack of talent but unfortunately I think the industry is not developed. People don't take theatre and dance very seriously there. There's never been much enhancement.

Equipment is very old, studios run down. There's no maintenance. I am very upset because I have a lot of friends who are part of the industry over there, and it's very frustrating because they are very talented people but it doesn't show, because of the quality of the film. The camera is bad you don't feel like watching the film.

Any offers from Pakistan?
A lot of offers, but I live in India and I want to concentrate here whether its films or its textiles, or whatever it may be. My life is here and I am settled here with my family.

So are you happy?
I am always happy. I am happy where I am. I am happy doing one film and if I don't do any more film I will still be happy that I have had an experience of working in this industry which many people don't have. I am open to anything as long as it's creative and it satisfies. Every night I go to sleep with a smile on my face which means I am happy.

Will you work in offbeat cinema?
Offbeat is a very irrelevant term. I can name directors who I would like to work with, Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair. I wanted to work with Sudhir and I am really happy I could. I like directors who give out a message in every film that they make. Artistic element is in my blood. I enjoy that.

Any Hollywood offers?

Any more films you are working on?
I haven't signed any other film. I am waiting for this one to come out and see the response and check if people appreciate my work. I don't have this crave to become famous or rich. I am a simple girl at heart, very gharelu types. And unfortunately so, much to my mother's dismay, who wishes that I was more ambitious since I am in Bombay and would do more films as she thinks that I am very talented. Maybe she is right but I have made a choice in my life.


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