Hadiqa Kiani all set to make her acting debut

Lahore, 4th January: Pakistan’s leading singer Hadiqa Kiani is all set to make her acting debut in the industry.

Baaghi TV: Hadiqa Kiani, who has been singing on Pakistan television since the 1990s, will mark her appearance in a TV drama for the first time.

Hadiqa Kiani is all set to make her acting debut with upcoming serial, ‘Raqeeb Se’, working alongside veteran names such as Nauman Ejaz and Sania Saeed as well as rising stars like Iqra Aziz and Faryal Mehmood.

The singer took to her Twitter account to share her excitement for her new venture.

She wrote, “It’s finally here! The project I’ve put my heart and soul into for the past few months is finally here. I can’t wait to share more details.”

Talking to Dawn Images, Kiani revealed how her first-time experience in front of the screen was very different from what she had done before.

Kiani said, “I had a wonderful experience working with such great actors. It was a totally new world for me but Nauman told me one thing — ‘You will have to negate your thoughts, yourself and your personality, and you have to become that character. Once you do that, you will be true to your character.’ I think this advice of his is going to stay with me for the rest of my life.”

She also described how the music industry is different from the drama which requires teamwork.

“In the music industry, we make music, interact with each other on a different level, go on stage, see the audience, roar and come back. But this was teamwork. Living in one house, day and night. Being on the same set for 12 hours, eating together, chatting. It was completely unique. We were like one family.”

She also spoke about her character about which she feels strongly.

“In the first glance, you’ll see Sakina contrary to Hadiqa Kiani who is supposed to be a strong, vibrant, fearless, bold woman. But deep down, I feel there’s a Sakina inside me, embedded in my soul. I felt her from the very first lines I spoke in the play, and till the end, Sakina very much lives in me. I lived with that character and I am deeply fond of her.”

Momina Duraid, the creative head of HUM TV,  presented the opportunity to the 46-year-old singer herself. Given the ensemble cast, director and script, Kiani felt it was too good to be true.

“It was like a challenge that came in my life and I honestly like to challenge myself. I thought this is the time, it’s a difficult art form and I need to explore myself.”

Produced by Ustad Baqir Abbas, the original soundtrack (OST) has been composed by Hadiqa Kiani herself. Interestingly, the song has been penned down by her mother Khawar Kiani, who is a poet.

Kiani stated, “I found a poem by my mother which was very special and completely gelling with the theme of the drama. So I wrote the melody, spoke to Ustad, who is a fine musician and it became something completely divine. When I sent it to Kashif, he loved it and that’s how the OST came about.”

“My mother is obviously really happy because these are her beautiful words,” Kiani added.

Directed by Kashif Nisan, the play has been written by Bee Gul and is a Momina Duraid production for HUM TV. Release date of the play is yet to be announced.

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