Mahira Khan made her debut in the Bollywood industry opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees. The movie has been her first and last in the Hindi film industry. Recently, she opened up about the ban that was imposed on Pakistani artists in the Indian film industry. Also, she disclosed that she was offered web series that would stream on Indian digital platforms. However, she chose to let them go as she was ‘scared.’
Mahira Khan Shares She was Scared After the Ban on Pakistani Artists in India
Speaking to Film Companion about the ban, Mahira said, “I guess, having experienced it firsthand, it’s just sad. When I think about it… I mean, we have all moved on. That’s what we do, if we don’t have this, we do something else. That’s what happens. But I feel like a great opportunity for the entire subcontinent to come together and collaborate was lost. I think it might happen again. Who knows?”
Mahira, who will narrate one of the short stories in an upcoming Zee5 series, said that she got offers for other digital projects but turned them down. “A lot of the other series were offered to me and at that time… I don’t know if anybody will understand when I say this, I was scared. I was genuinely just scared. It wasn’t about what people say, I was just like, ‘I don’t know if I want to go there.’ And there was some content which was amazing, and I didn’t want to miss out on it,” she said.
“But I was scared and I have no shame in admitting it. Now I am a bit more like, ‘No, come on yaar, you can’t let something that happened, which was political, affect your choices.’ So I don’t think I will do that anymore and I hope that we collaborate, even if it’s on digital or in any way,” she added.
After the Uri attack in 2016, Pakistani artists were banned in the Bollywood industry. The All Indian Cine Workers Association announced had a total ban on Pakistani artists in 2019. This came after the Pulwama terror attack.
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