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Here’s how Saba Qamar bagged her first Bollywood film

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Manto star Saba Qamar is all set to make her Bollywood debut alongside international actor Irrfan Khan, and the talented duo looks adorable together.

Directed by Saket Chaudhary, who has hits such as Pyar Ke Side Effects and Shaadi Ke Side Effects to his credit, Saba’s Bollywood debut film is a situational comedy based on social issues.

In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, Hindi Medium director, Saket revealed that the Maat star wasn’t the first choice to star in the movie. “Once we cast Irrfan, we were looking for the female lead. It wasn’t like we jumped to Saba as a default option. We had considered other actresses here, but there were issues,” said the director.

“We tried to think of whom we could cast and that’s when I saw Saba in a couple of Pakistani television shows. I knew she would fit the bill of a next-door Punjabi girl and decided to take her on board. The equation between the countries was much better back then.”

It was earlier reported that Saba was so dedicated to her role that there was a coach present with her all the time on the sets of Hindi Medium. She utilised her free time to perfect the accent and pronunciation.

Revealed: Saba Qamar’s first look in Bollywood debut alongside Irrfan Khan

According to a report in DNA, the Lahore Se Aagay star took speaking lessons to do justice to her role as a Delhi girl.

Saba, who started out as a TV host, roamed the streets of Delhi to observe people, their body language, behaviour and attitude.

Talking about it, Saba stated, “It wasn’t easy for me to learn the dialect, simply because I usually speak in a typical Urdu lehja, like aap, hum and tum. Also, the way Delhi girls are so bold and confident in themselves was a really nice thing to see.”

Saba won’t be touring India for the film’s promotions, given the state of affairs between the two countries.

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