I have been taking up challenges since childhood and I am a strong girl now,” says Pakistani siren Sara Loren who has gained fame with Vishesh Bhatt’s debut venture Murder 3. But her journey from Kuwait (her birth place) to Mumbai was not easy.
As a kid, Sara was a pampered child who used to rule the house but the scenario changed after her father’s death. “My mother shifted to Pakistan and that was a bad time in my life but I decided to do something. Though I was tomboyish, I gave modelling a try on someone’s suggestion and it clicked even though I didn’t even know how to pose. I hated makeup and didn’t even know how to do it.”
Today, she stands - an epitome of beauty and it is difficult to believe that she could have been otherwise. Her optimism rescued her every time, it appears. “I am a very positive person and don’t bother about anything. To me, nothing is impossible! When I started acting in Pakistan, things started getting difficult because I refused to give up in the time of crisis.”
Then came up another challenge. “When Kajraa re (her debut film in Bollywood opposite Himesh Reshamiya) didn’t release, people looked at me with pity but I was fine. There was something that attracted me to Bollywood and I remained patient.”
Her perseverance won her a role in Murder 3. “This is my beginning. Vishesh always said that there is something special about you and Mahesh Bhatt has often said: ‘Your face says everything even though you don’t talk much’!”
Yet, what seems to work on celluloid easily, was challenging for her as an actor. “I faced difficulty in delivering love making scenes. But I realised that to be a professional actor, one has to do it and Bollywood is a place where intimate scenes are part of a film. It is through these that I discovered my bolder side. I knew beforehand that they will show my sexy side and its good to be sensuous. Ab burkha pehnake to kaam karwaenge nahi!"
The films industry there, is different. “Pak industry is growing by the day but the attitude of most Pakistanis towards films is non-serious. The good thing about Bollywood is that every director has his own thought and they don’t abandon their culture which has lead to its success. There is a lot of creative freedom here unlike Pakistan where you cannot make a lot of entertaining films. Developing the industry there is difficult,” she laments.
But her encounter with Pak heroes has been quite opposite! “So many times, in Pakistan, heroes ask me ‘what are you doing in the evening?’ and I reply ‘shooting hai’. Mein bindaas hoke bolti hun, ‘Dekho tere-mere beech me kucch nahin hai’,” she laughs.