On Kaaf Kangana and working with Khalil Ur Rehman: In conversation with Ayesha Omar

Kaaf Kangana

Pakistani playwright, TV and film director Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar has lately been busy shooting for his next  film; Kaaf Kangana. It’s a love story between an Indian girl and a Pakistani boy. The film stars Ayesha Omar, Eshal Fayyaz and Sami Khan in tutorial roles.

Kaaf Kangana recently made headlines when Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar lashed out at Urwa Hocane, accusing her of extremely unprofessional behavior, which later resulted in Urwa’s exit from the film.

We recently talked to one of the lead actresses of Kaaf Kangana – Ayesha Omar – about her character in the film and her experience working with the notoriously strict Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar. Here’s what Ayesha had to say: 

While talking to Galaxy Lollywood, Ayesha said, “the name of my character is Gulnaz. Gulnaz is a Punjabi girl who is young, carefree and free-spirited. She lives with her sister and grandfather in a huge haveli in the walled city of Lahore. Her motto in life is living it to the fullest. She is the quintessential girl next door; straight forward and feisty who eventually falls in love with his neighbor (Sami Khan).”

“The plot of KK is a square; I fall in love with Sami who is already in love with Eshal and then there is another boy who is in love with my character. Sound confusing but it definitely won’t be, on screen. *Ayesha laughs* There are two tracks in the film; one is the Indian girl and the other is Pakistani. I play the Pakistani girl.  KK’s content was the main reason that made me say yes to the film. It’s a beautifully written script. Gulnaz is a character that the viewers will just relax and go with. It, however, does not resemble to the real me in any way,” she further added.

Upon being asked about her experience working with Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar, Ayesha surprisingly only had good things to say.

“Khalil Sahab may have a reputation for being a tough taskmaster on the sets, but to me he is an institution to work with. Yes, he can be extremely tough with unprofessional people but for the most part, he is full of knowledge and expertise, he knows his script, characters and most importantly, his craft. He brings out a creatively-enriching feeling in me as an actor. The way he pushes you and challenges you, you just let him guide you.  It was surprising that Khalil sahib and I were always on the same page. He used to call me “Cheeti” as I was quick to perceive his vision. He is someone who has no ego issues when it comes to learning from others,” told Ayesha.

Also Read: Exclusive: Urwa Hocane’s response to Khalil-ur-Rehman is dignity personified

Towards the end, Ayesha told Galaxy Lollywood that as a performer, she always prefers to discuss and rehearse her lines with her co actors and directors before showing up on set. It’s really disturbing for her when people skip this step due to time issues.

Here’s wishing Ayesha Omar and the entire team of Kaaf Kangana the best of luck!