The spirit of Ramzan: TV actors share their fasting mantra while shooting on sets
From talking less on sets to changing show sequences, television actors balance work and worship during Ramzan. We hear from Adaa Khan, Eijaz Khan, Sara Afreen Khan and others.tv Updated: Jun 26, 2017 15:46 IST
Fasting during the holy month of Ramzan is something that even our TV stars can’t miss. Though most of them say it’s definitely difficult to fast while shooting but it’s not impossible. Here are some small screen stars sharing their experiences of being on sets for their shows while they are observing Ramzan.
Sara Arfeen Khan: Whether I am working or not, fasting every year during Ramzan is a must. Unless I am ill or travelling, I make sure I fast. When one has pure intention and is determined to fast, everything becomes easy. The only difference is that I don’t talk too much on the set, so that I can conserve my energy. During Iftaar, I love eating fruits and drinking lemonade.
Mohammad Nazim: Ramzan is an important period for me. This is the time when my unit is with me to break the fast, even when we are not on sets. Besides fasting, I also concentrate on doing good deeds during this time. This holy month helps us understand the value of everything that we have in life especially food and Allah, and how to respect them. For Iftaar, I have dates and lots of fruits.
Eijaz Khan: I started fasting when I was just seven and I used to love it. Now that I am working [acting], it gets tough to fast. Most of the time, it’s not possible to tell my directors or producers that I am fasting and I can’t do a particular scene. But of course, doing this for a month is tough. Reaching the sets on time is a struggle as well because energy levels are very low, however, I still make it a point to fast every year.
Adaa Khan: I have been fasting during Ramzan since childhood. But this year, I was not well and was even admitted to the hospital because of a stomach infection. Plus, since I am also shooting daily, I have decided to fast on selective days. Fasting is a way to cleanse yourself and I will begin fasting as soon as I start feeling a little better.
Aly Goni: Once you begin fasting during Ramzan, you become so pious and holy that you barely have time to think of hunger and thirst. I feel I perform my best during this time than any other day. I love this one month.
Shoaib Ibrahim: Fasting is definitely challenging but then that’s the beauty of it. This is the only way we can tell Allah how important he is for us. Trust me, when you are fasting during Ramzan, you get the strength to carry on and the satisfaction of completing the fast cannot be compared to anything else.
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