In an ifilm exclusive interview, Iran actress Fariba Kosari talks about her experience appearing in popular historical series such as 'Lost Innocence' and 'The Rise of Mokhtar'.
‘Lost Innocence’s’ Maria character served as a springboard for the famous Iranian actress to put to the test her acting ability in the world of Television and cinema; Fariba Kosari , an actress who is most popular for playing in historical series, is proud to be featured in ‘The Rise of Mokhatr’ and ‘Lost Innocent’ and ‘Yalda’ as well as the film ‘Heartbroken’ with a religious theme.
Fariba Kosari , according to herself, learn a lot from playing alongside Iran prominent actors such as Khosrow Shakibaee, Mehdi Hashemi, Faramarz Gharibian, Jahangir Almasi, the late actress Hamideh Kheirabadi, Mohammad Ali Keshavarz and others, with each being a world of acting experience.
Read some highlights from ifilm’s interview with Fariba Kosari:
ifilm: Mrs. Kosari , you are an actor who played the roles of Maria Nasrani in 'lost innocence' or Umrah in the ‘Mokhtar’ series and made those roles memeroable for people. From your perspective as an actor, is this good or bad?
Kosari: I am always glad to hear that, and thank God I could play in these memorable series. I think this is a good thing. Because, anyway, every actor has an ever-lasting role people always remember it; better yet, I'm glad to live on people’s memories with the roles of Maria Nasrani and Umrah.
ifilm: Don’t you like to appear more in non-historical series and film?
Kosari: I love to work in historical movies and series more. Because such works are in such a way that the actor plays the role of someone who has lived in the old days, and in this respect, the historical work is more attractive. Also, when you play historical roles, you feel commitment to someone you play their role, and because of this, you have to do it perfectly, but other roles may be the same. But historical ones are not.
ifilm: So, in your opinion, playing in historical roles is harder than the roles that you called urban roles?
Kosari: You see, every role has its own hardship, but to play in historical roles you are not supposed to create the character as it was made in the past, and the actor in some way reconstructs that character. The difficulty of historical works here is that if such reconstruction is not carried out properly and this may lead unasked-for distortion.
ifilm: Television and film audiences have often seen you as a mother or kind spouse. Is this your choice or have you been compelled to choose such roles?
Kosari: I like the negative roles myself much more, but the positive roles are harder because of the particular complexity that should be seen in dimensions of the character. Positive roles have a series of intrinsic dimensions that are harder to develop.
I would love to play a negative role myself, I even wanted to play such roles in ‘Mokhtar’, but Mr. Mirbagheri (the director) said no, and they gave me the role of Umrah. I'm so glad that the works I played in were historiccal and am somehow pinned to such roles.
I played the “kind-mother” role in a lot of works and played it well, I guess, because my mother is very kind and I have a strong role model in this regard. But it also annoys me to see directors contact me when they are in search for a kind, compassionate, infallible and persecuted mother.
That's why in the ‘Yalda’ series, which was almost made a few years ago, I played the role of a nervous woman.
I must also say that the roles that are written for women are a bit repetitive; whether a mother is oppressed, in the kitchen or has the responsibility to sustain the family unit. It is true that the woman has these tasks, but I myself always try to play the role of mothers with personal challenges to be seen better.
ifilm: You have recently appeared as a host in a show with a feminine gaze. Why were you not afraid people as people already know you as an actor and they may not accept you to be a presenter?
Kosari: That is not the case. The program was a chat show that I loved myself and I think people like to see actors as host and in my opinion, there is no problem to, and everyone can show their own abilities in different fields.
ifilm: One last question so we can wrap 'this interview up, what are you up to these days?
Kosari: I am shooting for ‘The Sky Looks Like Rain’ Television series directed by Shahram Shahhosseini, and I think the audience would find it interesting.