After receiving praise for her comeback role in Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2, Sarwat Gilani now seems to be wanting to do more than just acting – and if her words are anything to go by, Sanam Saeed, Mahira Khan, and Aamina Sheikh might be in on the plan as well.
Talking to Fifi Haroon for BBC Urdu, the actress explained how she and her contemporaries are planning to start a film collective, where stories and films will be made ‘on women, for women, and by women.’
“Aamina, Sanam, Mahira and I are friends, and we’re on the same page mentally. We all want to do something for women,” Sarwat said. “We were speaking about making films on women, for women, by women. We are trying to break the stereotypical bounds and the roles given to women. It’s our responsibility to think for society and women. It is a difficult task because there’s not a lot of support.”
The actress also spoke about a need for a platform, where such ideas can be accepted.
“A platform is necessary. For example, Mehreen Jabbar has great ideas but no one gives her leeway to work on her great ideas,” she said. “So, we plan that we all have affluent friends so we (Sanam, Aamina, Mahira, and Sarwat) can ask them to invest. The plan is to at least make four films. Topics could be about men and women, but the initiative is to bring more women in filmmaking – from being behind the camera to being on set.
Will the film collective actually come to fruition? Time will tell!