For Saba Qamar, wearing a burqa to being called rebellious and being unapologetically human is part of being herself. In a recent interview, the Baaghi actor opened up about the little things in life that make her happy, including anonymous retail therapy.
On May 12, Qamar appeared on a show Gup Shup by Fuchsia Magazine where she revealed details about her career.
She called the start of her career a time that taught her “patience and humility” as she started to value the crew on set and workers at home.
She’s also learned the importance of being able to enjoy life, including learning how to cook and going shopping as her alter ego Rasheeda, a woman who wears a burqa and mask.
“There’s very less time for me. It’s not like that I don’t like my fans coming to me for pictures, because they show me love and appreciation. Who doesn’t like all of that? But in my case I hardly get time to be free and secondly I don’t shop for myself but the little things I need for my home. I’m a gharelu bacha, I like being involved in the sense of finding the right interior, chairs, bedspread, the right pillow and all that home stuff. So the time I have, if I go to the mall just like that, half of my time goes by in taking photos. I don’t like saying no to my fans so that’s why I wear a burqa to shopping malls,” she explained.
The actress shared a time when she fell in the basement of a shop in a mall due to her burqa getting stuck. Qamar said while she and her sister had a good laugh as she picked herself up, her sister asked her to take it off but shopping and anonymity came first for her.
“I wear whatever I want to below. It’s so much fun watching people continue their daily routine while you walk past them and they have no idea that it’s Saba Qamar under the burqa and mask. Sometimes I do stupid things around my family like demanding to eat regular ice-cream. At times my sister wonders what would people think of her dressed in a very modern outfit along with her kids and then there’s me in the burqa,” Qamar said.