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Cinema is an art in Pakistan: Mahira Khan

Pakistani actor Mahira Khan, who played the character of Khirad in a popular Pakistani drama, is still coming to terms with the reception her show has received in India. Here, she talks about the state of the entertainment industry across the border, working in Bollywood, and striking a work-life balance.

bollywood Updated: Nov 11, 2014 15:36 IST
Pakistani-actor-Mahira-Khan
Pakistani-actor-Mahira-Khan

Pakistani actor Mahira Khan, who played the character of Khirad in a popular Pakistani drama, is still coming to terms with the reception her show has received in India. Here, she talks about the state of the entertainment industry across the border, working in Bollywood, and striking a work-life balance.

How did you react to the response your show got in India?
It was amazing. I recently joined Twitter and have experienced craziness since. Yesterday, I was at a mall and people kept coming up to meet me. It has been quite humbling.

Have you watched any Indian serials?
In school, I saw Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (KSBKBT), but I haven’t seen any other shows. Kudos to the actors who were part of that show, as it (KSBKBT) went on forever. I freak out even when I get a drama with 29 episodes; I feel the story gets too long.

What do you think of Bollywood films?
They are far more advanced, while our film industry is still re-emerging right now. I loved the black-and-white movies of the ’50s and ’60s, including films like Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa (1957) and Dilip Kumar’s Tarana (1951). Shah Rukh Khan’s movies are my favourite. As a teenager, I watched Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) during breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was obsessed with it.

Are you interested in working in Bollywood?
I would love to. There were some rumours about a film with Ranveer Singh, but they were untrue. Right now, I am not working on any Hindi film.

Does your marital status affect the kind of work you get?
Not in Pakistan. You tend to take up lesser work as you give more time to your personal life once you have a family. I’m lucky to be offered good work, and I maintain a balance between my work and personal life. Our industry has a family-friendly environment. Cinema is still considered an art in Pakistan and not a business.