The new guests to join actor and writer Mira Sethi on her show were power pair Mansha Pasha and Jibran Nasir.
The interview gives an insight into lawyer and activist Jibran Nasir’s very private side, with our favourite highlight being his declaration of support for his fiancé.
During the interview, Nasir makes it a point to laud the skill of his fiancé. “She’s an entrepreneurial, ambitious working lady. She still has her time off, a few hours to discover herself, her acting talent, and that’s what inspires me.
Sethi thanked her for preferring a different character while talking about Pasha’s latest Muhabbat Tujhe Alvida project.
Pasha spoke about playing a “boss lady” but how choosing from a wide variety of roles lets actors avoid slipping into a trap of identical roles with flaws. She saw herself doing the same and said that she was consciously going to change things with this initiative.
The actresses, Pasha and Sethi, both stressed that better producers and scripts are required for the industry. Days have changed; there’s TikTok, the conventional family dramas are threatened by many streaming video channels,” Pasha said.”
Speaking about Laal Kabootar, the critically acclaimed film, Pasha added that the industry needs to learn and keep up with the increasing demand of audiences for unconventional content.
Bringing up the advocacy of Jibran, Sethi asked Pasha if she had ever been worried about his safety. No, I think the core of who he is as a human would be taken away by taking that part away from him. One of the many qualities that I love about him is his straightforwardness. It is a path he has taken for himself and I have embraced it as part of the kit in order to be with him.
The pair concluded that their job motivation, an especially daunting status quo, tends to remove anxiety.
Sethi then led the discussion to equal opportunities, telling them about their feminist politics. “Growing up in a matriarchal household, we had to do everything ourselves,” Pasha responded. “I had learned to cook, drive, etc. from a young age. There was no male figure to help us with our errands. So feminism, which is now a catch-all phrase […] was my way of life. I knew no other way to be.”
In terms of sex, race, wealth, faith, and ethnicity, Nasir agreed with Pasha about the need to establish equal opportunities for every citizen. He also emphasised that it was the need of the hour for all people to develop reverence.
Nasir said when asked about coping with all that comes with being in the public eye: “I’m okay with living free of rent in someone’s head.” With it, I have made peace.’
The show is part of a series on the WatchNa YouTube channel and on Saturday, part two of the interview will air.