Mahira Khan opens up about Raees, her upcoming film and about being a single mother.Mahira Khan made her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees.
she could not be a part of the film’s publicity and promotional campaigns, especially after there was a huge political furore over her inclusion in the film post the Uri attack.
Now, this is for the first time that Mahira has given out a full fledged interview to an Indian publication, ever since the fiasco happened. Read the full interview here.
You know, I was telling a friend that very few actors here in Pakistan have got an opportunity like this. And it fell in my lap, due to whatever hard work that I may have done earlier. I didn’t have to look for it. I feel blessed. But at the same time, I feel like that marathon runner who, during the last lap just before the finishing line , is dropped out of the race. There was this feeling when it happened ‘Oh Man, not right now. Now just before the release!’
Something like that. I so want to sit with the audience and watch the film. But that doesn’t seem possible so far. But after the release, I feel a certain sense of closure because of the love I’ve been receiving from the people. The stuff that I read online is heartwarming. So maybe, okay, this circumstance that happened is something I couldn’t control. I am going to let go of it. I tell myself this every day. I try to look at the brighter side. I put all the good wishes in one box and take one out every morning.
I’ve a deep admiration for Guru Dutt. I discovered him when I was 16. I saw Pyasa and it changed my life. I can’t explain what it meant to me. It opened a whole new kind of Indian cinema to me. Prior to that I was into the song-and-dance films, the Anil Kapoor films and so on. After watching Guru Dutt’s films I became a huge fan of Sahir Ludhianvi’s poetry and the songs of Guru Dutt’s films.