Hareem Farooq AKA Fari from 22 Qadam spoke to us about the drama and more POVs in a FUCHSIA exclusive! She unraveled the fascinating details and diverse perspectives the show brings to light. This trailblazing drama takes on a never-before-explored narrative, delving into the world of women in sports in Pakistan, with a captivating blend of cricket and women empowerment.
At the heart of the story is Farheen Akhtar, portrayed by Hareem, a vivacious and fearless young woman who refuses to conform to societal norms. Fari dreams of achieving greatness as a cricketer and dreams of representing her country on the national team. Opposite Hareem, the nation’s heartthrob Wahaj Ali takes the stage as Junaid, another pivotal character. Hailing from a privileged background, Junaid is a gifted cricket player who faces daunting health challenges, including a torn knee ligament and a heart condition. Despite the odds stacked against him, Junaid’s unyielding passion for cricket fuels his relentless pursuit of his dreams.
By pushing the boundaries of conventional storytelling, the drama promises to enrapture audiences with its unique portrayal of women in sports in Pakistan.
Here we speak to Hareem Farooq in what went down behind the scenes in 22 Qadam!
The Actors On Set
“We had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with aspiring cricketers, and together with the support of PCB, we conducted auditions to discover these talented female athletes. Meeting them was an absolute delight, and we couldn’t help but be inspired by the fire and passion within each one of them. Their stories were nothing short of remarkable!”
Hareem also shared that one of the cricketers used to arrive at practice on bikes – now that’s some serious girl power!
Some BTS Moments
“During our night shoot, the first day was filled with joy as we managed to capture some fantastic shots. However, as the days went on, fatigue started creeping in, and by the third day, after my scene, I couldn’t help but plop down on the ground. Wahaj, my co-star, followed suit, and it turned into a hilarious moment. We couldn’t stop laughing at each other’s exhaustion. Behind-the-scenes moments like these are the best! Just saying, we’d love to see some of those BTS clips to relive the fun and laughter!”
Objectives Behind 22 Qadam
When discussing the objectives behind “22 Qadam,” Hareem Farooq expressed a strong desire to create a meaningful impact, no matter how small. One of the main goals was to promote and provide representation for female athletes, as there are countless girls out there with dreams and aspirations in the field of sports. The drama aims to inspire support for these talented young women, showing that they are just as capable and deserving as anyone else.
Hareem and the team wanted to create a cinematic experience that would resonate with audiences, making them feel drawn to watch the drama. Recognizing the significance of entertainment in our lives, they strived to deliver a compelling story that not only entertains but also encourages people to think, feel, and take action for positive change.
Hareem Farooq Shares Her Connection With Cricket
“Cricket holds a special place in my heart, as it has been a cherished bonding activity with my dad throughout the years. From my early days, we used to watch matches together, and we still do! We had this ritual of analyzing players’ body language and making predictions about the match outcomes.”
Can Hareem Be The New Rizwan To Babar Azam?
“First Day Training, I posted proudly. I was praised that I should open with Babar Azam, till Adnan Siddiqui called up. Your front foot should go straight gurya, he explains. Please write on your post that it was the first day of training. Ohhh, I realized, so was everyone being sarcastic???”