An ISI spy? How did you prepare for the role?
I did not have any material to rely on and stuck to the basic guidelines. We were given a script just before the shoot but we didn’t know what happens next. It was a good challenge.
Are you the villain in the plot?
Everyone has grey shades in the series. Nobody is a hero or villain. My character Tasneem is loyal to Pakistan and is a counterpart of Claire Danes.
From Lunchbox to Homeland has been quite a journey for you!
It’s a blessing to be considered for such a good project. It’s great for actors who have been cast from different places and varied fields of art. I hope I have a long way to go.
How did the role come about?
I was in London for work when auditions for the role were taking place. I was at the right place at the right time.
Is the work culture very different there?
Of course, very impressive research goes in before every scene. Time and scheduling is respected, everything is well-organised.
And how are your co-stars?
All my co-stars are generous and warm. I don’t know if I have scenes with Claire Danes; all I know is I play her nemesis.
Any plans of getting into Hollywood films?
If there is a good film that comes about, I am open to it.
Is it tough to get roles in Bollywood for artistes like you?
I don’t think so, as things are changing. It’s an interesting time for artistes like me.
What is your dream role?
I feel fortunate with the work in hand. I want to do justice to it.
And after Homeland?
As of now, there is a Bollywood project.