Television is known for its hectic work schedules. So we decided to talk to actors and ask them how they manage to work and fast for Ramzan at the same time.
For actor Hiba Nawab, work is as important as fasting and she makes it a point give it her best. “I make it a point to keep roza and pray to Allah every time. Sometimes, the schedule is hectic and the heat takes a toll. On such days, it gets tough. I ensure that even if I am unable to observe a fast, I pray to Allah since it is ‘Ibadat ka mahina’,” she says.
Although he tried to fast on as many days as possible, actor Zain Imam makes up for the days he doesn’t , by feeding the poor. “Keeping roza while shooting often gets a tad difficult but if you have a connect with God, the day just passes by. I try to make up for the roza I miss, by feeding the poor because this is the month when all your deeds are written and sins are easily forgiven,” he says.
Ramzan is a time to spend with the family for composer Wajid Khan, who is currently mentoring participants in an ongoing reality show. “Ramzan is the month of patience. Since childhood, we are observing Roza, so we are used to getting up early in the morning. Actually, for us it is a get-together too. I try not to miss work as that is also important. For this holy month, our entire family eats, sits and prays together for Sehri and Iftar. It is fun as we spend time for this holy reason which usually does not happen throughout the year because of our busy schedules,” he says.
For actor Adaa Khan, it’s tough to fast continuously with work, but she makes sure to not miss it on her day off. “I started keeping Roza from the time I was nine years old. I only fast during my day-off because being an actor, you have to talk a lot in front of the camera and that makes you thirsty. So I don’t fast whenever I am working. Specially during this weather, you sweat a lot and then you want to drink a lot of water which you can’t,” she says.
Actor Mohammad Nazim is currently shooting abroad, but he makes sure to fast daily. “Keeping roza is very important to me. I am shooting in Australia at the moment. It’s tough to fast in a foreign country, but I am somehow managing it. In fact, I even go to the gym during these days,” he says.
Actor Ayub Khan says that fasting while working becomes easier with time. “I have been in the industry for long enough to get used to this kind of schedule and work hours. I always fast during Ramzan and so it has become very natural to me. Irrespective of my shoot I continue to follow my routine and it doesn’t affect my shooting schedule in any way. The starting days are always a struggle but later your body and mind gets used to change,” he says.
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