An old video of Pakistani actor Mahira Khan slamming the Indian film industry — in particular Bollywood — has resurfaced online. “Aapko India se inspire nahi hona chahiye. Bilkul nahi. Hum Bollywood nahi hain (We should never be inspired by Indians. We are not Bollywood),” she had said to Pakistani comedian Omar Sharif on a chat show in 2011.
This comes at a time when Mahira’s film alongside Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is set for release in two weeks. Owing to a ban on Pakistani artists in India, Mahira anyway can’t promote the film here, and now, this video has generated much hate on social media not just for Mahira, but also the film.
Views of our patriotic Raees's Pakistani co-actress Mahira Khan about India and Bollywood.— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) December 29, 2016
Plz sell your self-esteem before watching Raees. pic.twitter.com/OFozL8iEY8
“Boykot Rayees... See what mahir khan said about India and bollywood (sic),” user Facebook user, Yogesh Pai.
However, there were some users who trolled the haters. “The ppl overreacting about the “insult” (there was none) are the same ppl who are haters anyways. Makes no difference #Raees #MahiraKhan,” tweeted user Anil Gupta.
Meanwhile, Pakistani newspaper Dawn.com has stated that the comment was made in a larger context, about promoting Pakistani talent.