Pakistani actress Mahira Khan made her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees back in 2017. A lot of people were quite smitten by the actress and her drop-dead gorgeous looks. It was assumed that now we would get to see a lot of Pakistani celebs in the Hindi film industry as well but a ban was announced on working with Pakistani artists later. In a recent interview with Film Companion, Mahira Khan revealed that post-Raees, she was offered a lot of web shows that were to be streamed on Indian platforms, but the actress refused.
Talking about the ban, Mahira Khan 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?"
For the unversed, Mahira Khan will be narrating one of the short stories that would be streamed on ZEE5. While talking about the ban, Mahira also added that she was scared to accept offers from web shows that were to stream on the OTT platform, 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."
The actress went on to add, "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 those not in the know, after the URI attack in 2016, Pakistani artists were banned from working in Bollywood. Raees was released in 2019 and Mahira Khan couldn't come to India to promote her film.
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