Mahira Khan is one of the most popular Pakistani actresses. She enjoys a great fan following. Mahira made her debut in Bollywood with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees. The actress won hearts with her gorgeous looks and stellar acting. Fans were excited to see her in more Bollywood movies but a ban was announced on working with Pakistani artists in India. And now, in a recent interview with Film Companion, Mahira expressed her disappointment as she opened up about the ban on Pakistan actors in the Indian film industry.
She said, "I guess, having experienced it firsthand, it's just sad. When I think about it.. I mean, we 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?" The actress, who will narrate one of the short stories in an upcoming Zee5 series, said that she got offers for 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. 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."
For the uninitiated, after the Uri attack in 2016, Pakistani artists were banned from working in Bollywood. The All Indian Cine Workers Association announced a total ban on Pakistani artists after the Pulwama terror attack in 2019.