Javeria Saud has come a long way since her salad years as an actor. Having made her debut back in 1993, by the year 2000 she was ready to give it all up.
I first met Javeria Saud during the same time at a juncture when she was disillusioned by showbiz and all that it entailed. The waif-like, petite Javeria had been through various ups and downs at an early age and was at a point where she was not sure what she wanted to do with her life. It was then that she decided to take a break from it all.
“I told my mother one fine day that I wanted out. This was not the showbiz I was used to; people were changing fast, and so were attitudes. My mother, who has always been supportive of me, has always stood by. Even at that time she was the first one to assure me that it was okay to give up acting. In fact, she thought it was a good idea to take a break. And so I took a sabbatical from acting after having been in the field for seven years,” recalls Javeria of her early insecurities. She had no clue what fate had in store for her and that she had a whole new life awaiting her.
For as long as she could remember, Javeria was always inclined towards singing. Gifted with soulful vocals, she was a constant participant and winner at the various naat events and milads in her school. “Television producer, Naheed Hassan Zaidi was our neighbour and used to come to our house frequently. On one such visit, she saw my all the trophies I had bagged at school naat khuwani and talent shows. She told my parents that she was organising a milad for the state owned channel and wanted me to participate in it,” the multi-talented actress reminisces.
“My parents acquiesced and Naheed aapa took me to the television station where I got my first taste of media. I ended up reciting naats with Afshan Ahmed. This was followed by a special appearance in a 14th August song in which I played a poignant character. This was my first acting stint and I did like it quite a bit,” she shares.
“Next was a musical drama, Yeh Jahan alongside Abdullah Kadwani and Amber Ayub among others; this was in 1995.”
As we talk about her past celluloid experiences, its impressive to note that the girl is very good with dates. She remembers not only the years but also the months in which she made each and every appearance. It was around the same year that the trend of private productions was gradually setting in. “While previously it was just the state owned television, now private production houses were cropping up, which meant more opportunities. Incidentally, my first serial was one that was privately produced by Qaiser Nizamani titled, Anhoni in which I played one of three sisters. Mahnoor Baloch, Humayun Saeed, Adnana Jilani were all my co-actors in it. It was a learning curve for me as I was getting a hang of things. I was thoroughly enjoying my work by now and had graduated on to television commercials as well,” she relates.
However, while work was going full force, Javeria was desirous of pursuing another one of her passions – textile designing. Her love for arts led her to acquiring a four-year diploma. “I love fine arts, making drawings, sketching, translating those ideas into prints and finally exhibiting your ware. It used to give me a high. We exhibited our lawn prints in the four years of our diploma course. It was fun to see buyers from Faisalabad attend the exhibitions and buy our designs for their lawn. That too, was an interesting experience,” recalls the artsy dame.
And so, her sketch pad kept filling up with prints after prints, while she continued acting in some serial or the other. “I had started getting offers from textile manufacturers to join their firms. The only hitch was that they were willing to pay me on a monthly basis but not give me credit for my designs. What was the use of such a deal? If I was selling my designs, I would have liked to do so under my own name. Moreover, I was already earning a good amount through acting, so why think of a career shift? And so I gave up textile designing,” she states matter-of-factly.
But that certainly doesn’t mean that the girl has kept her sketch pad at bay, rather she has now started designing backdrops for her in-house productions. “My serial, Pak Villa was about the five provinces and I designed the backdrops accordingly for each setting.” It is in-house productions now where we see Javeria shine, as around the year 2000 she had given up acting altogether. “After the advent of private productions I felt like a misfit. I had no sense of belonging, and so I chose to give that life up,” she reveals and continues, “I resumed work again after I got married to Saud.”
Which brings us to the point where we inquire how and where the two met? “Oh, we never really met anywhere. It was at a wedding that Saud saw me. He must have really liked me because later that evening his niece and sister approached me asking me for my address. I wasn’t aware of who they were and said they were most welcome to my house and forgot all about it. The next day, however, Saud’s sister and niece along with some other family members came to my house with a formal proposal. I was stunned. I said that I did not want to marry a film star as that heralded a complete baggage – affairs, rumours and what not – and I wanted no part of that. But with time I got accustomed to the idea and also the fact that Saud was persistent helped greatly in changing my mind,” she chuckles.
So, how has Saud proved to be as a husband? “He exceeds all my expectations,” says the preening Javeria. “Once we were engaged, he assured me that he would give up his showbiz life and be a different man. I was apprehensive, obviously, but he proved to be a man of his word. Saud changed himself greatly; he is a loving and caring husband, but after the birth of our daughter, Jannat, he became a different man altogether. I couldn’t have asked for more. Saud loves Jannat dearly, and our son Ibrahim too, but he has a special spot in his heart for her. He is an amazing dad.”
When Javeria talks about her kids, her eyes light up with love and adoration; there’s a glint in them that only comes in play when a mother talks about her kids. She is a doting mother who tries to spend each and every moment with them. “Jannat is 10 years old while Ibrahim is five. I generally work in the mornings – whether it’s my morning show or some other project – when they are at school – and by the time they get home, I’m mostly done with my work.” The rest she manages while they rest during the day time. Javeria Saud has her life well planned and has lots more up her sleeve which she will share with our readers when the time is right.
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