Mahira Khan

  • Actor

Dec 21, 1984  in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

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One of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actresses, Mahira Khan is best remembered for her portrayal of Khirad in the television series Humsafar opposite Fawad Khan. A former VJ, Mahira is predominantly a TV actor but has also featured in movies, her debut being the 2011 Pakistani social drama, Bol. The year 2017 marked her Bollywood debut with the action crime thriller Raees opposite Bollywood’s Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan.

Early Life
The Karachi-born Mahira has her roots in Delhi, India. Her father, Hafeez Khan, migrated to Pakistan from Delhi after the partition of India. She completed her O-Levels at the Foundation Public School in Karachi, following which she moved to the U. S. to pursue her higher studies and took up an admission in the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. While in the U. S., Mahira took up odd jobs like mopping the floor, cleaning toilets, running the till, shutting the store at night, and also worked as a cashier at Rite Aid. However, she dropped out of university in 2008 and returned to Pakistan.

Personal Life
In 2006, while still studying in the U. S., Mahira met Ali Askari, whom she later married in 2007. After seven years of being married, in 2014, they became parents to their first son, Azlan. However, the following year, the couple parted ways and got divorced.

Television Career
Having started her television career as a VJ with the Pakistani show MTV’s Most Wanted in 2006, Mahira went on to host other shows like Weekends with Mahira, and TUC: The Lighter Side of Life. She made her acting debut with the 2011 drama Neeyat, co-starring Humayun Saeed, Ahsan Khan, and Deepti Gupta in pivotal roles. However, it was her performance in the 2011 Pakistani drama Humsafar that won her immense praise and is considered to be her shot to fame. Playing the role of Khirad, Mahira was cast alongside Fawad Khan, who played the role of her husband, Ashar. Although the series had only but 23 episodes, it went on to gain popularity among the masses not only from Pakistan but also other parts of the world.

Following her highly-acclaimed performance, she was seen in the Mikaal Zulfiqar-starrer Shehr-e-Zaat. Her performance in this spiritual romance won her the Pakistani Media Award and Hum Award for Best Actress. She then went on to win the Lux Style Award, Pakistan Media Award, and Hum Award for her work in the romantic drama Sadqay Tumhare. In 2016, Mahira Khan reprised her role of Saba in the television series adaptation of her 2015 movie, Bin Roye. Along with her, Humayun Saeed and Amreena Khan were seen reprising their roles in the romantic television series.

Movie Career
Five years after starting her television career, Mahira made her movie debut with the 2011 Pakistani social-drama Bol, which had a record-breaking opening for a Pakistani movie. The movie was not only a commercial success globally but was also well-received by the critics, with many calling it thought-provoking. After an extremely well-received debut, she played the role of Saba Shafiq in the 2015 romantic drama Bin Roye opposite Humayun Saeed, Armeena Khan, and Zeba Bakhtiar. Although Mahira’s performance garnered immense praise, the movie was panned by the critics, calling it a sob story. The following year, she was cast in the coming-of-age drama Ho Mann Jahaan, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing Pakistani movies of the year.

In 2017, Mahira made her Bollywood debut with the crime thriller Raees, opposite the King of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan. Her other projects for 2017 include the social-drama Verna, directed by Shoaib Mansoor.