“I want the girls watching me to feel they can do anything,” - Anmol Baloch

  • 04 Jul - 10 Jul, 2020
  • Alina Qamar
  • Interview

Anmol Baloch, who was noticed for her roles in Saza-e-Ishq, Deewar-e-Shab, and Aik Larki Aam Si, has since seen no dearth of offers. The talented, gazelle eyed actress has managed to gain a lot of recognition since her amazing performances. Her most recent venture is the upcoming drama serial Qurbatain in which she will be seen in the lead role opposite to Shahbaz Shigri. In an exclusive interview with MAG, the actress introduces herself as never seen before talking about her career and the many issues that plague our entertainment industry. Excerpts:

We all know you as an actor and a model, but who is Anmol Baloch outside the world of glamour and entertainment?

I’m a simple girl who loves simple pleasures in life. If I’m not shooting, I’m watching a new show with a plate of homemade food, or reading a book.

How did your path into the world of acting pave itself?

It was very much by accident. It started off with a random audition which then charmed me into the craft of acting. I loved the work I put to my audition, and I knew there and then that I had discovered my passion.

Tell us the most interesting thing that happened to you since you began your career.

There have been many interesting things. I’ve worked with different kinds of people and learned something new each time.

Out of all the characters that you’ve played, which character do you resonate the most with and why?

I would have to say Rahmeen from Saza-e- Ishq alongside Azfar Rehman. This is a girl caught in between two men, and though one might think it’s a helpless position to be in, I found an inner strength and determination to fight for love in Rahmeen.

What would be your dream collaboration or ‘dream team’?

My dream collaboration would be to do a film with Reese Witherspoon or Gwyneth Paltrow. I’ve looked up to these actors for a while and I love how they’ve been open to taking different roles throughout their esteemed careers. I would hope, if this were to ever happen, to learn a few tricks of the trade from them.

What would you recommend to the aspiring actors or newcomers in the entertainment industry to help them thrive and not burn out?

I would tell them to take it easy and not get caught up in worrying too much. Whatever has to happen will happen, and you just need to believe in your talent and hone it towards projects you love. A burn out will only happen if you spread yourself too thin because you feel like you’re slacking off. Don’t. You’re doing fine.

When you first stepped into the industry, did you notice any beauty standards that are alive and well in our industry and media? Do you agree with them?

We do have a long way to go. I feel we focus too much on what stereotypical beauty standards are when we should actually be championing the ever changing beauty movement. We should embrace the different types of beauty, and encourage people to be kinder and more open minded.

Let’s say a woman was an outstandingly talented actress but she didn’t adhere at all to today’s beauty standards. Theoretically, do you think that would get in her way when it comes to auditions, casting, and success in general? Why and how?

Again, we are an extremely young industry and we’re slowly finding our groove. Maybe a few years ago, it would have been an issue but I feel like that’s changing. But we still have a long way to go.

Is there any specific kind of role or female character that you are looking for in the near future?

I always look for the girl who gradually gains her confidence as the story progresses. I am one for picking up the roles that encourage women to be brave and to change their situations if they are not happy, rather than propagating the same image of the girl who needs saving. I want the girls watching me to feel they can do anything.

Actors are people of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring good to a huge number of people, what would that be?

It would be many things. I would throw my full support on a movement that helps health workers and their families during this tough time.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful towards, someone who helped you get where you are?

Yes, my official stylist and dear friend, Anila Murtaza. Her guiding hand has been with me ever since I stepped in the industry.

Lastly, what lies ahead of you?

Who knows? But when you’ll know I’ll know!