Zareen Khan on 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' being selected for MIFF: I'm keeping my fingers crossed to hear a great response
In an exclusive interaction with Good Newwws, Zareen Khan spoke about her take on the digital world, her YouTube channel, upcoming projects and much more.
Zareen Khan who is currently basking in the joy as her forthcoming film 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' got selected as the centrepiece for the Indian Film Festival Melbourne shared her reaction on the film receiving such a prestigious honour. In an exclusive interaction with Good Newwws, she also spoke about her take on the digital world, her YouTube channel, upcoming projects and much more.
Excerpts from the interview:
'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Akele' has been selected for Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, your reaction.
I'm very happy that my film 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' has been selected as a centrepiece for Indian Film Festival Melbourne. It is an honour. Yes, I am looking forward to the response from the people because we have already received a great response for our film when it had its world premiere last year in New York, Manhattan in the South Asian International Film Festival where it already won the best film award. Then in January this year in Rajasthan International Film Festival where we bagged best director, best actor and best actress. So the film is already creating waves and is being appreciated by people. I am keeping my fingers crossed to get a great response from the Melbourne Film Festival also.
Your take on the digital world?
I think that it is a great blessing but somehow people are not using it correctly and have made it into a negative world lately. If used perfectly it can be such a boon where we can connect with people who are living across seven seas and I really feel that it is a great advantage, the digital world, if used correctly and I hope that people can see that and use it correctly rather than spreading hate and negativity.
Tell us about your digital journey?
Well my digital journey started way back in college when I decided to have an account on Facebook just to stay in touch with my friends . I had no idea tht over the years , the world will go digital. Coming from the entertainment industry, digital portals are very important in my profession whether it be to stay in direct touch with my fans or promote my work. I try my best to be active on my social media platforms because unlike a lot of people, documenting everything on camera doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m kind of technologically challenged but I’m learning.
What was your idea behind coming up with your own YouTube channel and being the 'Happy Happie'?
Having my own YouTube channel had been on my mind since quite sometime. It was actually my friends who urged me to have my own channel. According to my friends , I have a fun personality which my fans need to be aware of as they have seen me only on the big screen playing a certain character, they don't know what the real Zareen Khan is. So in the lockdown, I decided to have my own YT channel and with the help of Hash 'N' Tag Media, it became possible. As per being the Happie Hippie well (laughs), I just feel that I have a hippie soul and I think people who know me very closely know that about me. Being happy naturally comes to me and that is maybe because I have a hippie soul. Being a hippie just means being content with whatever you have. As a hippie does not have extraordinary materialistic wants.
How has Hash 'N' Tag Media helped you in your digital journey?
Hash 'N' Tag Media has played a very important part in my digital journey because if it was not Hash 'N' Tag Media maybe my YouTube channel would have taken a little more of time. They are ones who are responsible for getting my channel up and about. I would like to thank Mr Tariq Merchant and Mr Aqeel Merchant who have been so kind and helpful throughout this journey and the whole team of HNTM, the people who are working at the firm, they are so nice, passionate and hardworking people. Hash 'N' Tag Media is more of my family now all thanks to Mr Merchant and his entire team.
Any web show you follow?
I haven't followed a lot of web shows recently, I somehow enjoy the re-runs of light-hearted sitcoms that we have already watched on TV. However, one web show which is creating waves right now is 'Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story', even my mother wanted to watch it. She is somebody who doesn't really watch series as she is an old school person. She is not familiar with the web yet but she was the one who wanted to watch this particular show and I must say she picked a good one.
One web series you wish you were a part of?
There are a lot actually, I enjoyed the 'Black Mirror' on Netflix and how I wish I could be a part of that! Also, 'Delhi Crime' is a web show that I really like so maybe that.
Any upcoming projects in the pipeline?
The lockdown threw a lot of things off. I had my film 'Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele' that was slated to release in March and then the lockdown happened, things just got delayed. The makers are now planning to release it on OTT. Apart from that, I had a Punjabi film starting, I had my web debut also lined up. There are also a couple of music videos but I really don't know when we will be able to shoot as everything is very uncertain.
How different was your experience of working in regional cinema as compared to Bollywood?
Every field has a different experience. I have worked a little more in Bollywood compared to regional films. There have been good as well as bad experiences. For Punjabi cinema I would say that it was a very fun experience, I have only done two films there but Punjabis are my favourite people, my best friends are also Punjabis. I feel that Punjabis have a really big heart and they are quite happy to go lucky. It depicts in their work too. As for the south, I feel they are a very disciplined industry, they get a lot of work done in a short span of time. That was an interesting experience. I am looking for more opportunities in the south industry, I want to explore that industry more.
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