Hameed Sheikh says, “I am no Humayun Saeed — and I don’t want to be one, either.”
When asked why don’t you work on television again, Sheikh replied, “I don’t like what it has become. It’s an endless parade of done-to-death concepts. Almost every show you look at feels the same. As if productions are only made to appeal to brands and corporate clients.”
Hameed Sheikh’s speciality is that he speaks Urdu, Hindi, Brahui, Sindhi, Punjabi, Dari, Farsi, Seraiki, Balochi, and Hindko but he lives in Quetta and visits Karachi occasionally. If you have seen Moor, you will definitely notice that Sheikh is concerned about the issues of Baluchistan specifically Quetta. He said, “We can do a lot in Quetta. And we can do it cheaper. There is a wealth of resources that we can use if we get support from Pakistan’s film industry and the government. We don’t even have an arts council in Quetta, let alone any infrastructure. How can we get anything done? We need recognition and incentives so that emerging filmmakers can at least start telling the good, original stories.”
Sheikh’s last three movies were 'Moor', '021' and 'Abdullah'. All of them got a lot of appreciation worldwide but they failed to capture the local market. Sheikh thinks that the audience abroad is more mature and they have a good sense of cinema hence his work is appreciated more in countries other than Pakistan.
It is quite surprising to see that there are people like Hameed Sheikh who want to work for the betterment and positive image reflection of their country and not for money or fame. We really need to appreciate and respect these people.