India and its neighbouring country Pakistan has been always a part of world politics, because of which the relations between these two nations are always imbalanced. The Indian Film Industry has always welcomed new talents overseas, so as the same with Pakistan. Last few decades we have seen artists from Pakistan like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ghulam Ali, Aatif Aslam, Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan amongst others.
India always had territorial disputes with Pakistan, after the attack on URI in 2016, Pakistani artists were banned from working in India. After the attack in Pulwama, The All Indian Cine Workers Association completely banned Pakistani artists. Mahira Khan who made her Indian debut with movie ‘Raees’ has expressed her thoughts about the Ban while talking to Film Companion.
Mahira Khan says she feels sad that she could not work in Bollywood, rather she is also scared to sign projects from India. She said she was offered a web series, but was scared that she would need to travel India if she commits it. “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 said she has been offered many projects but refused them, “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,”
“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,” Mahira further added.
Raees is the only Mahira Khan’s bollywood movie, after the ban she was not even allowed to travel India for promotion of the Raees.