Kinza Hashmi started her acting career in 2014. Her dramas, which include Ishq Tamasha, Seerat and Lamhay established her as a strong actor of her generation. Instead of sticking to cliched roles, Kinza chose challenging roles that were not just versatile but also impactful. Her dramas Gul-o-Gulzar and Deewar-e-Shab are currently on-air.
What does success mean to you?
To me, it’s being able to work hard, have patience and to have my parents’ prayers with me always
Something you learned early in your career?
I’ve learned to focus on my life only; there’s no point in depending on others and getting involved in other people’s matters.
Did you get any formal education for this career?
No, whatever I have is God gifted, Alhumdulillah.
Do you believe good looks and connections are the only things that make a star?
No, you should be talented and hardworking at the same time. Good looks only give you an edge while connections never work when you really need them.
How has social media changed things for you?
My fans now have the opportunity to reach out to me directly; and for a person who simply adores her fans, to be able to engage with them is the best thing that social media has given me.
The funniest thing or gossip you have heard about yourself
There are these two hilarious rumours that I’ve heard about myself in media. One, that I’m engaged to somebody and second is that I’m getting married.
Reflecting on your career, what lessons have you learned and how have they helped you evolve?
I’ve learned to be patient in those times when patience is out of the question; to work under extremely difficult circumstances and unbearable pressure and lastly, to learn from the experiences of others. These three things have helped me a lot in my career and have helped me grow as a person.
How do you deal with self-doubt?
Trusting and following my gut feeling and intuition, and having faith in Allah is how I successfully deal with self-doubt.
Advice for aspiring actors
Work hard and never go for shortcuts in life because after all, there’s no shortcut to success!
My Teenage Years
Date of birth and star
March, 7; Pisces
The best thing about being a teenager was
To be able to observe and explore
The worst thing about being a teenager was
To feel heightened emotions
I was always listening to
My favourite actor(s) and singer(s) were
Johny Depp; Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali
My favourite book
The Broken Wings by Khalil Gibran
My friends were
Always encouraging and supporting me
My first crush was
Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the movie Titanic
What hurt me the most was
Peshawar attack (Dec 6, 2014)
My dream was to become
Relations with family were
Always beautiful, touch wood
My school was
A very disciplined place
My favourite and least favourite subjects were
I couldn’t stand
My favourite food
My favourite hangout
Is wherever I am with my favourite people! Place doesn’t matter, company does.
My favourite sport was
Things I couldn’t live without
Can’t live without my parents, my work and my phone.
By Tooba Ghani