You have a name as appealing as yourself, what does Zhalay mean and which language is it from? Is it your real name or screen name?
Zhalay is a word of Persian origin and it means ‘prosperity’.
It also means ‘hail storm’ in Pushto and ‘Warrior Princess’ in Arabic so beware, OK! Hahaha!
It is very much my real name.
Where do you hail from and how would you describe your childhood?
I am originally from Peshawar but have I been brought up and bred a true Karachite.
My childhood was a regular one. Mom was strict initially but since I was such a nerd and so straight laced, I rarely was in chains.
I wasn't all that boring, mind you but my conquests were running out, playing cricket, cycling and climbing trees. Childhood was FUN!
What is your zodiac sign?
I am a GEMINI.
Be candid and tell us are you a superstitious girl?
(She thinks before she talks)
I am a true optimist. Superstitions weigh you down and I believe in fear. Fear it self. Fear is a word which has a very deep meaning and not just one.
You have a somewhat of a dreamlike personality.
I am really flattered with your opinion. In fact I am a very much a people’s person.
I love befriending people of calibre, making people laugh and if it translates into being charming then so be it. And the music shall be played.
Speaking for yourself, please tell us, who is Zhalay Sarhadi in the real world, off-screen and off from shoots?
I am at all times myself, with the exception of the times I am portraying a character, so whatever you see is what I am. An open book!
How did showbiz for you begin and Where are you today considering your aims and goals?
Showbiz began as a means to an end, but today it is my passion. Though sadly I get a lot of appreciation from the public, I haven't made a place amongst my kind. I would like to stick around with my acting, also a singing career is in motion. So, fingers crossed!
Is this what you always wanted to do?
I wanted to be a writer, still do. I am also a painter, a poet , a singer , a dancer and a cook . I chose acting as a professional choice only.
Who would you consider your pillar of support?
My mom my sister and now my adorable yet strong husband.
On the personal front, how do you manage to balance your time between work and family?
I am an organised person. I do plan in advance. And all this juggling requires is open minded planning and clear priorities. So there you have them. Appropriate planning, organisation and discipline.
Many women would actually be interested in how you manage to keep your looks pristine. What’s the secret?
I take care of my diet and I exercise regularly. Bad eating habits and drinking less water takes a toll on the skin, which is our outer facade. To stay fresh and glowing on the outside you have to keep your inside healthy. Also, do stay happy.
Everybody knows you’re an extremely popular actor. Do you have any other interests apart from acting?
Many as I had mentioned earlier and yes they are moving forward now with time and it is going smooth.
What do you think of fashion as a profession and industry and what is its reach in affecting people’s lives?
Fashion is a form of expressing yourself. It is a growing industry and a strengthening profession, with a subjective impact on every one. We live in the third world and for all of us to be in tune with the latest trends is next to impossible.
Many people aspire to acquire the ‘IN’ thing but it is far from their reach. Also the gloss and glam image portrayed in magazines might mislead the common woman in particular but then like it is its 90percent how you take it and 1percent how you make it!
What are your aspirations?
My aspirations are to be the most successful actor here and internationally.
Being a female actor you must have come across a few difficult moments here and there.Share some anecdotes that you really never will forget!
I can't think of any incident or anecdote that I may not forget. I was fortunate where this is concerned and I am respected for my professionalism and I give respect to the professionals.
Where do you expect to be in the near future and ultimately?
I expect to be at the top of my game.
Do you believe diamonds are a girl’s best friend? What else is a girl’s best friend?
It might be so but for me courage and confidence and total faith in one’s self is a girl’s best friend in today’s world!
Are you planning to do any acting abroad as well?
Absolutely! No doubts about it. You will see it.
Name a few plays that may not be hits but you love them because of your performance?
I’ll tell you. Noor Mahal, and Madham Madham.
Which director do you think directs you best?
There are plenty namely, Yasir Nawaz, Misbah Khalid, Sina Pasha.
What all do you consider before taking up a project?
The script should be strong and the director should be good. It becomes a good project.
Your career milestones till now...
I have done it all, hosting, acting,direction,singing,dancing radio jockeying, theatre, and film. And there are indeed many more to come!
You have a huge fan following now.How do you cope with stalkers and the irritating ones?
Oh yeah, stalkers are a bit too scary but well the rest is okay – comes with the territory. I like being loved and admired. Thanks!
Your favourite quotation?
I have many but for now it is ‘Nothing is Impossible’.
Are you a brand person? If so who do you wear locally and from abroad?
No! I am not a brand conscious person at all – so it doesn’t matter as long as it is good.
Tell us about your recent and current projects.
A drama serial on my hands. That’s what’s keeping me busy for the time being.
Comparing the two, what are you? A money minded person or fame minded one?
I am both. Told you I am honest!
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Top of my game as a renowned local and international actress.
If not a showbiz personality what else would you be?
Definitely a writer.
Any plans of going into direction?
Maybe and it’s a big maybe.
A final word for our readers and your fans?
Thank you for all the love and support and appreciation.You have all truly warmed my heart and I hope I deliver my best in the future too. All my love, Zhalay.
ZHALAY FACT FILE
How would you describe yourself?
Friendly, loving, passionate, honest, perfectionist, hardworking, optimistic, bold, compassionate and also at times aggressive. That’s me.
My husband, my child, my mom, my sis, my friends and talented honest genuine people.
Fake, arrogant people with a derogatory attitude towards others.
What music are you listening to these days?
All kinds western, eastern, classical, pop rock and RDB.
What’s your must have in you handbag at all times?
My lipstick, debit card, breath mints, some cash, hand sanitizer and of course my cell phones.
What turns your mood real bad?
What inspires you?
Nature, everything God has created so kindly for our pleasure and usage.
Singing and acting!
3 Qualities in a man you like?
Sense of humour, great personal hygiene, and intellect.
3 attributes in a man you dislike?
Uncouth behaviour, smart alecs and over fresh attitude!