There are no small or big roles but characters that matter: Sonya Hussyn
The name of Sonya Hussyn has become synonymous with success, especially in the last couple of years when she has delivered back to back hits on TV.
Her film debut last year was followed by dramas that managed to keep the audience engaged, and she is riding high on the road to success. There was no surprise when she was chosen to play Salma, the rebel daughter of the household in Aangan and the way she enacted the role that appeared for just 3 episodes proved that she is here to stay.
Spotlight managed to catch the versatile actress and asked her about acting in a period drama, with an ensemble cast and under the direction of the Udaari director.
How was the experience of playing a girl in the 1920’s for a change?
It was fulfilling and quite a learning experience. As an actress, I not only study the character but end up living in the zone while projecting it on screen. This was interesting because my grandmothers – both maternal and paternal – always told me of stories of their time and I being a visual person had a pretty clear idea of all the nuances of that era.
In addition, I had a lot of help from Ehteshamuddin the director and his team; with a beautiful script from Mustafa Afridi, I was able to deliver the required emotions.
How difficult was it to play characters from 100 years back, considering everything was different back then, from clothes to mannerisms?
It was a transition not only of mannerisms and clothes but my mindset too. It’s a process to get into a character and then to snap out of it and thankfully I was able to carry the look designed for the character.
What made you go for such a short role – the novel, the director, the cast or the period setting?
For me, there are no small or big roles, it’s the character itself and its importance in the story line that matters. Then comes the content and finally the acting that makes an impact and leaves an impression on the audience’s minds.
For me personally the challenge of transitioning back to that era and the story itself were the main reasons for doing Aangan; a good team was a bonus.
You shared the screen with some of the best actors in the industry, how would you rate that experience?
I have been blessed to have worked with such great performers and professionals involved with the project. Every day was an experience and constant learning from all sides.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the experience as 11 and the audience’s feedback for my character made it even more special.
What are your expectations from Aangan?
I think not only me but everyone involved in the project expects Aangan to raise the bar. There is a lot of effort that has gone in by a lot of very talented people and the way the audience is responding is making it all the more special.