In the recent episode of Speak Your Heart with Samina Peerzada, film actress Reema discussed how she has managed to balance work life, stardom with her marriage and motherhood. The actor, director and producer spoke at length about her foray into the industry and the ebb and flow that came throughout her journey.
Reema calls herself an extremely practical person. “I can face reality with a brave face. My entrance is showbiz is purely accidental, but I am proud of my career. I believe any profession itself isn’t bad, it is our own deeds and actions that build its reputation,” she said.
She revealed details about her first film audition, where she went with little to no expectations. The actress only dreamt of becoming popular but fate had so much in store for her.
“I had never imagined that I will become so famous at such a young age. A 15 or 16 years old me became famous with a hit like Bulandi,” Reema said.
She later discussed how the scenario changed in the film industry in 1998 when Punjabi films garnered audiences. “It was a time of rat race where quantity was preferred in front of quality. A heroine’s role was diminished to a prop who has few songs and scenes. At that time, I did a film titled Ghunda Tax which was a super hit. My you younger sisters watched that film, they made me realize that it wasn’t the kind of work I should do,” she said adding, “I did my last film in 2001 and then acted in two of my own productions, Koi Tujh Sa Kahan and Love Mein Ghum.
Talking about her experiences in the film industry, Reema recalled an incident when she slapped a co-actress.
“One of my colleague used abusive words on a set and I tried handling the situation gracefully by warning her, but when she resorted to profanities then unfortunately I had to slap her. Moin Akhtar and Anwar Maqsood sahab talked about this incident for a long time in their TV programs,” she said.
“After that incident I learnt to control my emotions even if someone hurt me, but regrettably my colleague hasn’t learnt any lesson. She is still hurting people’s sentiments with her words,” Reema added.
Watch the interview: