Minhal Baig is a playwright and director from Chicago. She is done with two films up till now, one is Night and the other is Hala. Besides this, Baig’s name is often found in the credits of numerous shows. Some of her plays include Pretext and After Sophie. In her recent interview, she reveals her new film ‘Hala’. Hala is about a 17-year-old Pakistani-American teenage girl, who is struggling to balance her role and obligations as a South Asian Muslim teenage girl who is in America. The film is screened at the Sundance Film Festival of 2019.
Baig reveals that she made this movie without bringing anything in the knowledge of her family that she was working on something that was revolving around the dynamics of her home. After getting the film screened at various platforms across the world, Hala was being brought in Chicago (writer’s homeplace) in October.
The film is featuring Geraldine Viswanathan in the main role. An account of Hala’s story is somewhat similar to the writer’s own life. However, the writer told that she was constantly doubting herself whether it is true emotionally, as it is quite related to her personal childhood experiences. Baig further revealed that although the story has a relation with her own life story but later it turned out to be just Hala’s story, Hala’s journey, and affiliation with her family.
Baig also opened up about how her mother got to know that she has made a film. While she was at Sundance, she told her mom on a phone call that she has made a film, and everyone there wanted to say Hi to her mom. That’s how her mom knows about Hala.
Baig also tells that it was a huge responsibility representing the image of a South Asian community while being a part of that community, it gets you under more burden. Because as a storyteller you must be clear that you are portraying a true image of the subject’s life events. Baig added that it was also necessary to open up about a South Asian – American lifestyle in Hollywood. She claims that it’s a very varied experience and not everybody understands that Pakistani Americans, South Asians, and Muslims are not monoliths.