Alif was “godsent” for her, shares Kubra Khan, saying her character Husn e Jahan’s journey mirrored much of her own
“Alif came to me at a point where I was… not in the best place. I was at a dark place in my life at that point,” revealed the actor in an interview with BBC Asian Network. “Some people may admit to it and some may not, but I think everyone goes through that point where they just don’t know what’s happening anymore.”
Kubra said despite receiving offers for work, it was at this point that she began to question herself whether she wanted to continue working in the industry. “When Alif came and I read the script, I fell in love with Husn e Jahan. I could relate to her in so many ways.”
In Alif, Kubra plays Husn e Jahan, an acclaimed actress and prolific dancer of a bygone golden era who suddenly dropped everything to marry the man she loved and moved to Turkey.
Though she left everything — work, family, country — for a man, Kubra qualifies that Husn e Jahan’s love for him stems from his love of God. “It’s love for a human, sure, but that human stands for something else, something more than that for Husn e Jahan. The reason she fell in love with him is because of the love he had for Allah, and the spirituality he carried with him. She fell in love with that because she had never experienced that before.”
“The way she started connecting with herself and with Allah was something she had never even thought about before. When she comes back [to Pakistan] and she’s dancing again — she’s dancing again, but her soul is dead.”