Nadeem Baig, an ace filmmaker, producer, and director of the Pakistani television and film industry, started his career as a television director and later expanded his area of expertise in film direction and production.
Currently, his drama Sinf e Aahan is airing on ARY digital and is well received by the audience. Under his banner also comes the super hit Mere Paas Tum Ho starring Ayeza Khan and Humayun Saeed. In addition, Nadeem Baig has also directed three of the highest-grossing films in Pakistan; Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2, Punjab Nahi Jaungi, and Jawani Phir Nahi Ani.
Read below as he talks about his journey in the media industry, his friendship with Humayun, and his life struggles.
He also praised the way Umera Ahmed has penned Sinf e Aahan.
Nadeem Baig explained that he joined Sinf e Aahan in the capacity of a director very late into the making of the project. When he stepped in, Sajal Aly, Yumna Zaidi and Syra Yousaf were already on board. Later Kubra Khan and Ramsha Khan joined the rest of the cast.
Since there were more than 100 locations, he described, it was challenging to shoot the drama and had many technicalities that needed to be taken into consideration. He also had to spend 3 months in PMA at one stretch!
He talked about the extreme weather conditions they had to endure, from extremely cold weather in Kakul to Gujranwala’s heat and also the rest of the cities.
Nadeem Baig further revealed that body doubles were not used and all the actresses had to do their own stunts. They even had to go through extreme lengths to look believable:
When talking about the lack of representation of Karachi in Sinf e Aahan, Nadeem Baig said that this wasn’t on purpose and they tried to bring as much diversity in the drama as they could.
He also explained that it is difficult to train a new actor, thus, most directors stick with the same, experienced actors. He added that in Sinf e Aahan, they have introduced new faces including Dananeer Mobeen, Junaid Jamshed, and Major Samiya who is an army officer in reel as well as real life!
Nadeem Baig further told us that his experience in PMA was memorable and he made friends there as well.
Nadeem Baig On The Cast Of Sinf e Aahan
Nadeem Baig certainly has an eye for talent and great observational skills! He was all praises for his cast.
He believes that all the girls in the drama eventually felt like LCs (Lady Cadets):
About Sajal Aly, he had to say:
For Yumna Zaidi, he was all praises:
He thinks Ramsha Khan is incredible! This is what he had to say:
He admired Kubra Khan’s sportiness as well as her acting.
He thinks Syra Yousaf is the most mature one!
He considers Sheheryar Munawar his friend!
Just like us he thinks that Dananeer Mubeen is perfect for the role of Sidra!
He wished the Sri Lankan star, Tashiya Kalidasa all the luck and had this to say:
The first serial Nadeem Baig directed was Parda Na Uthao. Later, he directed Man Jali which was his first serious play. He continued to work in his field and went on to give us many hits including the Baraat series and later debuting his film career with Ye Jawani Phir Nahi Ani.
He talked about how he always feels that directors are not given enough credit for the comic series and dramas they do and get more recognition for the serious ones instead.
His Friendship With Humayun Saeed
Nadeem Baig and Humayun Saeed share a great bond as colleagues and as friends. Both of them have time and again proven what a great team they are!
He talked about his friendship with Humayun:
The way he speaks about Humayun certainly shows the respect he holds for him!
His Personal Struggles
Nadeem Baig talked about the loss of his two children with a heavy heart.
He later talked about how they got out of the difficult time after they moved to Karachi. He narrated that his wife got a job in Karachi and later he was also offered the job of Head of Entertainment. Then, after years of emotional and financial difficulties, things finally settled down and were blessed with twins.
His journey is certainly an inspiration!
His expert opinion regarding the flourishing of Pakistani cinemas is that it needs commercial films to generate revenue. He says that a lot of heed is paid when one is producing a film and there are many layers hidden under the story. He is all set to release another film in 2022! We cannot wait to watch it and we wish Nadeem Baig best the luck for his upcoming projects!