Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan made her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Raees, which remains to be her only Indian film till date. We were hoping to see a lot more of her and other Pakistani actors like Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar in Hindi film industry, but a ban was announced on working with Pakistani artists in India.
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In a recent interview with Film Companion, Mahira Khan revealed that she was offered a lot of web series for Indian OTT platforms, but the actress refused because she was scared.
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, will narrate one of the short stories in an upcoming Zee5 series. Talking about offers on digital content she said, “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.