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"I never thought I would make it to Australia - but here I am!" - Jemima Khan's exclusive 1-1 interview with Sada-e-Watan Sydney

Editor-in-Chief, Syed Zafar Hussain interviewing Jemima Khan for Sada-e- Watan Sydney

Syed Zafar Hussain, Editor in Chief of Pakistani Australian news platform, Sada-e-Watan Sydney was invited to exclusively interview Jemima Khan. She arrived in Sydney on 22 January 2023 and the interview was conducted on 23 January 2023 in her hotel room in the Sydney CBD.

Jemima Khan is the former wife of Imran Khan, popular cricketer and the Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan. Born as Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith, she is an English screenwriter, television, film and documentary producer and the founder of Instinct Productions, a television production company.

Jemima was on her first tour of Australia to promote her film "What's love got to do with it?". Syed Zafar Hussain welcomed Jemima to finally making it to Sydney. Jemima spoke about her fear of flying, "so I never came this far. I had a bad experience in a British Airways flight many years ago with my kids so I never thought I would make it to Australia - but here I am!".  Jemima expressed her excitement to be in Sydney, stating she is on a short visit of three days but will consider coming longer next time.

Syed Zafar Hussain had watched the film in a private screening prior to the interview. He congratulated Jemima Khan on the completion of the film which faced many hurdles due to Covid-19. He further thanked Jemima on behalf of Overseas Pakistanis for displaying the soft, real image of Pakistan, highlighting our colourful culture and stepping away from the western portrayal of Pakistan and terrorism. Jemima humbly thanked Zafar Hussain stating "there was not going to be any terrorists in my version of Pakistan, in my rom-com". Syed Zafar Hussain commended the display of the Pakistani wedding and the use of the Dhol.

"What's love got to do with it?" is a romantic-comedy and follows a British Pakistani male pursuing an arranged marriage. Jemima took inspiration from her time in Pakistan and displays her experiences through different themes within the film. Jemima was curious to whether the Pakistani community would like her film which released in Australian cinemas on 26 January 2023, around the same time as Shahrukh Khan's new film - Pathan. Both laughed in support that Jemima Khan's film needs to up sell Shahrukh Khan's new film.

Syed Zafar Hussain highlighted "Recently both your sons Sulaiman and Kasim visited Lahore, do you have any plans to visit Pakistan in the near future?" Jemima hoped "if the film gets released in Pakistan, I would like to go...I definitely want to go for the Pakistan release". Syed Zafar Hussain thanked Jemima for her ongoing support for Pakistan. He commended her recent charitable works and fundraising efforts for Pakistan flood relief, where 150,000 pounds were raised and handed over to UNESCO. Jemima replied that she would "keep thinking of ways to help". Syed Zafar Hussain continued to express Pakistan's love and popularity for Jemima with the likes of Princess Diana. Jemima humbly thanked Zafar Hussain and stated "I have huge affection for Pakistan. I feel like it's a part of me after living there for 10 years and my Pakistani kids, its a big part of my life".

The interview concluded with Syed Zafar Hussain thanking Jemima for her time during her extremely busy schedule promoting her film. Jemima thanked Sada-e-Watan Sydney for accepting the invitation to interview and promoting her film within the Pakistani community in Australia. She again expressed to "spread the word" and request the Pakistani community to support her film which captures scenes of Lahore and beautiful music by Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

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Syed Zafar Hussain and Jemima Khan (Sydney, 23/01/2023)

Syed Zafar Hussain, Jemima Khan and Sayda Fareeha (Sydney, 23/01/2023).

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