I feel honoured to be compared to Madhuri Dixit, says Reema

I feel honoured to be compared to Madhuri Dixit, says Reema My Country
I feel honoured to be compared to Madhuri Dixit, says Reema My Country

I feel honoured to be compared to Madhuri Dixit, says Reema My Country

I remember watching Reema at a press conference some 11-odd years ago. She and a few other actresses were there to endorse a brand but she was quite ostensibly the centre of attention. As the cameras flashed, she had smiled that famous megawatt smile of hers, her long golden hair falling perfectly down her back.

When I meet her now, she doesn’t seem to have aged much. The smile is still the same, so is the hair, and heads still swivel towards her wherever she goes. During the course of our interview, we are frequently interrupted by fans asking for selfies, chatting with her as if she is one of their own.

From ‘Reems the dreams’ star of more than 200 Pakistani films, she has progressed to ‘Reema jee’, the veteran actress, humanitarian, personality, managing to incite within her fans a sentiment that most other celebrities are unable to rouse: a sense of ownership.

“There’s a difference between being a star and being a superstar,” she tells me. “Stars may enjoy momentary fame but to be a superstar and to win the enduring love of your fans, you have to first respect yourself. You have to realise that when you opt for this career, you become public property and that you have to conduct yourself in a certain way even in your private life. Throughout my career, I have played all sorts of roles; the girl next door, the glamorous siren, the girl who dances in the rain or boldly romances the hero. But in my personal life, you wouldn’t ever have had seen me behave inappropriately.

“I have tried to stay true to my country and to myself with the way I dress and the way that I speak. I am thankful that my fans have elevated me to celebrity status but it has also burdened me with the responsibility of inspiring them with my work as well as with my personal life.”

In her journey from the lascivious dream girl of Punjabi movies to renowned personality, Reema has learnt a lot. Inevitably, the philosophies that define her form a major part of our conversation. She is quintessentially dressed in her usual outfit of choice: a kurta shalwar with a shawl draped across her shoulder. At other times, on red carpets and on the catwalk, she almost always opts for traditional embroidered apparel: saris, lehngas and sherwanis.

“These are clothes that are beautiful but also acceptable to the people of my country,” she explains. “I don’t follow any trends blindly. I dress in ways that I feel suit my age and my personality. (DAWN)

I feel honoured to be compared to Madhuri Dixit, says Reema My Country