All great trees start out as tiny seedlings and the same can be said for one of the brightest young talents of the Pakistani film industry, Saleha Arif. 15 year old Saleha Arif has recently concluded her debut film Dukhtar which is enjoying a great deal of success and has brought her much acclaim for her great acting.
Dukhtar actress Saleha Aref started out for the first time on television with the childrens show Sim Sim Hamara on PTV at the age of 12. She plays the man role in the film Dukhtar, which is of a 10 year old girl from northern Pakistan who is being force to marry a tribe leader to settle a dispute for her father. She has received a lot of praise for her role and the film has even been screened at the Toronto Film Festival which has brought even more recognition to the young star.
Saleha stood out among a number of children that were auditioned for the role and was extremely excited to work on her first film. She was supported by her family nd her father accompanied her to the northern areas of Paksitan where the movie was shot. Saleha revealed that she feared being scolded because she was the youngest actor on the crew and because it was her first film and she didn’t know anything, but as it turned out the crew was very supportive and she did very well. After her work was concluded she immediately received an offer for a television commercial and she also plans to continue her acting career as long as it doesn’t hurt her studies.