Hot on the heels of success, Humaima Malick is all set to be Pakistan’s next female actor to make a mark internationally on the basis of her performance alone. Performance, rather than ‘theatrics’, as have been exhibited by other starlets who have crossed borders with fame in mind, settling for nothing more than scandal, controversy and ‘item’ numbers. Malick promises to play her card intelligently, and it is no surprise that she is trying to take the Ali Zafar path when it comes to working in India. So far Zafar is the only (male) actor from Pakistan who has maintained his identity while making waves in an environment as competitive as Bollywood.
The only other female artiste to win acclaim in India was Zeba Bakhtiar, who starred in the super hit Henna back in 1991. Can Malick be the second? Bol was watched by limited audiences in India but whoever saw Malick appreciated her work. It springboarded her career in India and a lead role in Soham Shah’s Sher followed. It’ll take her time, luck and the right strategy to make it big but she seems to be on the right path.