11 Dec Yumna Zaidi, Usama Khan paired up for a sports film ‘Nayab’
Yumna Zaidi and Usama Khan are reported to have been paired up for a sports film ‘Nayab’!
Directed by Umair Nasir Ali and set in Karachi, ‘Nayab’ will portray the story of real and relatable characters against the backdrop of cricket.
This marks the first collaboration of Yumna Zaidi and Usama Khan as well as their silver screen debut.
According to the sources, Nayab is scheduled for release later this year.
Alongside Yumna Zaidi and Usama, the cast includes Javed Sheikh and Fawad Khan, a theater actor who has made a mark in multiple web series like ‘Churails.
The Tere Bin actress in a recent interview with Independent Urdu, revealed that her character Nayab is a girl from Karachi who dreams of becoming a cricketer but is hesitant to follow her dreams, fearing patriarchal society backlash.
“It’s a brilliant story and it is meaningful,” Yumna Zaidi gushed. “
The whole team is trying their best to execute it the way it should be. Now that we’ve chosen good content, we want to do justice with it so that the audience also enjoys it when they go to the cinema,” she added.
She went on to add, “I believe that cricket is almost a craze in Pakistan but I don’t know why or how but I had never picked a bat or ball before this shoot. I have been practicing a lot. From the initial ABCs of cricket to practice matches on the final pitch, it’s been a long process and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Yumna also elaborated that she did her best to learn all she could about the sport in an effort to do justice to her character, to avoid stereotyping the role
“When you’re trying to perfect an accent for a role, or representing a tribe in a drama, you have to work very hard to avoid stereotyping them. It’s the same with this role. All of my attention, my focus has been here. I want to do justice to this character, to this girl who worships cricket,” she said.