An effortless actress Ramsha Khan

  • 08 Feb - 14 Feb, 2020
  • Eman Saleem
  • Interview

Good-humoured and pleasant-natured, a very happy looking Ramsha sits across from me decked in a black blazer and strappy heels. A starlet with a young career, Khan’s hunger and a passion for growth so clearly simmering, it stands out in her personality. We ease into a conversation about her career and she keeps it light-hearted and let’s her spontaneity lead the way. Introducing Ramsha Khan, the effortless actress.

How has the acting and the industry shaped you as a person?

It has made me shyer, I was always shy but now I am shyer. But at the same time, it’s also given me confidence. If I was the same Ramsha, two years ago I wouldn’t be sitting here. I would’ve been bargaining my way out of interviews.

Someone pressed the reset button. You’re 10 years back in time. What would you do differently?

I wouldn’t drop out for starters, I would’ve gotten my degree in psychology. That’s it, I don’t have any other regrets.

According to you, what makes a good actor?

As an actor, focusing on every detail of your work is of utmost importance. And when it come to acting, I feel like effortlessness is good acting.

What do you consider as social responsibilities that come with the celebrity label?

As a celebrity, you have a large following. Whatever message you want to send across, it might inspire or have an impact on the audience. At present, two concerns I want to talk about are animal rights and global warming and I try to talk about them (for the purpose of creating awareness) in every interview. If I ever get a platform, I’d want to talk about this. It’s crazy what is happening in the world.

Who is a constant inspiration for you within the industry?

Sonya Hussayn, Saba Qamar, Noman Ejaz, Marina Khan, Sawera Nadeem, so many more. These people are the epitome of good actors. I haven’t had the chance to work with them yet but I follow their work and enjoy it.

What is a genre you’d really be excited to act in?

Anything that is different and hasn’t been seen on TV. I don’t mind negative or positive (roles) as long as it’s delivering a message. There’s another drama that I’ve signed, it’s very different. The feel of it is very raw and it’s going to be a challenging one too. Other than that, I am a huge horror fan and I would love to be in a horror film/ drama.

What would be a challenging role for you?

So far I’ve done very generic characters. Except for Kaisa Hai Naseeban, I didn’t think at first it would be challenging but as an actor, after the first few days you start living like that character. Witnessing and realising what Marium went through was very sad. It was more mentally challenging.

How would you describe your acting style?

I always try to be natural. I don’t have a technique as such but I transform into the character.

What is the worst question you’ve been asked in an interview?

It‘s not a question but usually what I hate is when people tell me that I look like Anushka Sharma. It was all fun at first but now the compliment has run its course.

What is the message you want to send across to your audience with your dramas and your social media interaction with your fans?

I do believe that the drama medium does teach the society a lot but you need to know the difference between good and bad. Not everything you see is telling you to follow it. Look at the characters and understand that these stories also exist. Watch the show through a different lens, thinking “ye bhi ho sakta hai” instead of “yeh kya sikha rahe hain.” Unless the script glorifies the villain.

If you could swap your life for a character you’ve played, who would it be?

None, actually. Every character has a problem, one way or another.

Many celebrities get a lot of hate on social media for their personal choices. What’s the worst you’ve received?

I stay safe. I know my value and I don’t let it get to me. I know what I want to do in this industry and I don’t allow someone’s opinions affect my work.

Something you love about being an actor?

Free clothes [laughs]. I wouldn’t say the pampering because every day we do give 12 hours to the set. But yes, let’s round up at the free clothes.

Something you hate about being an actor?

That you don’t have time for family or other passions. And the other passion for me would be *drum rolls please* video games!