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12 Sep

Female directors understand actresses better: Hira Mani

Hira Mani and Affan Waheed’s last venture together – Do Bol – was a massive hit, giving audiences a couple to root for. Soon after the play ended, viewers expressed their excitement to see the pair together once again and television directors also thought the same. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long as we did for Mahira and Fawad to reunite as the TV’s beloved couple is starring together in Saba Hamid’s directorial debut – Ghalti – very soon.

In an exclusive conversation with Something Haute, Hira Mani shares interesting insights about her character. “My character’s name is Zaira. I am playing the usual ‘achi bahu aur biwi’ [good daughter-in-law and wife] but she is someone who wouldn’t compromise on her self-respect. Heroines in our dramas are usually portrayed as helpless beings who don’t value and respect themselves. Zaira is a girl who will not let anyone harm her self-esteem,” Hira said.

Talking about the story, Hira revealed that Ghalti is a romantic drama which has all the ingredients that the audience expect from their couple, except with a twist. “People loved our [Affan and Hira] chemistry in Do Bol, so we wouldn’t disappoint them. It is about our romantic bond, but it also depicts how anger management issues disrupt life and relationships,” she added.

Read: Hira Mani and Affan Waheed to reunite for Saba Hamid’s directorial debut


Hira Mani

Affan Waheed & Hira Mani


Directed by renowned actress Saba Hamid, Ghalti will be the veteran’s debut as a director and Hira believes that there should be more female directors in the industry.

“I am enjoying working under Saba. She is also playing the role of my mother-in-law in the drama and I’m impressed with her spirit. She is very hardworking and it’s a sight to watch her perform and direct a scene simultaneously,” Hira said adding, “Saba knows the art of framing the most important scenes. I have noticed that she gives more time to scenes which are driving the drama, rather than long filler scenes so that the drama has a good pace.”

Also read: Junaid Khan and Hira Mani reunite for new drama Makafaat

After working with a female director, Hira is also inspired to get behind the camera. “I think female directors understand actresses better; I am also eager to direct now. I had never thought about it before even when I tried my hands at direction in a sitcom but that is totally different from a drama serial,” she said.

Lastly, we wanted to know if she can share details about Ghalti’s OST as her last drama — Do Bol — featured a chartbuster soundtrack, Ja Tujhay Maaf Kiya. “The OST is beautiful and I think it will get better response than Ja Tujhey Maaf Kiya. I am not at liberty to talk about the singers at the moment, but you will get to know more soon,” she shared.

Ghalti will probably air in the last quarter of 2019. Keep watching this space for more updates.


Syeda Zehra

The author is Assistant Editor at Something Haute. A journalist by profession, the writer has a penchant for films, fashion and music.