Meet Shahrukh's heroine Mahira-a single mom of two kids

The gorgeous Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is set to debut in Bollywood with Rahul Dholakia directed crime drama ‘Raees’ opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan’. She has had a successful stint in Pakistani television and film industry and is one of the highest-paid actresses of Pakistan and a high profile celebrity of the country.

Here are a few interesting facts about the actress.

Mahira is a single mother of two children – a beautiful daughter and a cute son named Azlaan. She began her career as a VJ at the age of sixteen. She hosted shows like ‘Most Wanted’ on MTV Pakistan and Weekends with Mahira on Aag TV.

The actress made her film debut with Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Bol’ in 2011. She played the character named Ayesha, a rebellious daughter who gets married without her father’s knowledge. She received critical acclimation for her performance. The film went on to become the first highest-grossing Pakistani film of all time.

Mahira also appeared in television dramas like ‘Neeyat’, ‘Humsafar’, ‘Sadqay Tumhare’ and ‘Shehr-e-Zaat’. It was the 2011 drama ‘Humsafar’ where she appeared opposite Fawad Khan which gained her wide recognition and made her a house-hold name overnight.

The popular drama series was also aired in India through Zee network’s ‘Zindagi’ channel and she became a known face here also.

Mahira has won three awards for her role in ‘Humsafar’ – Pakistan Media Award for Best Actress, Hum Award for Best On-screen Couple and Lux Style Award for Best Drama Actress. She also won Hum Award for Best Actress for her role in Shehr-e-Zaat.

She also starred in a second Pakistani feature film titled ‘Bin Roye’. The film released this Eid alongside Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. The film which also released in India is an adaptation of Farhat Ishtiaq's novel 'Bin Roye Aansoo'. Mahira performance and her screen presence in the film, is being much appreciated.

She is also shooting for a Pakistani romance film ‘Ho Mann Jahaan’ being directed by debutant Asim Raza. The film is scheduled to release next year.

Born to a working class family on December 21, 1984, Mahira obtained her higher education in the US. She married Ali Askari who attended college with her in Los Angeles on July 13, 2007 and the couple had the two lovely kids. However, the couple separated a few years ago. According to reports, discords in their marital life started when Mahira’s husband Ali asked her to leave showbiz. The misunderstandings and arguments between them reached such a peak that despite intervention from their families and friends, ties didn’t improve. The ‘Bin Roye’ star was no more interested in continuing her marriage and moved to her mother’s residence along with her children.  

As for her big Bollywood break ‘Raees’, the film is slated to release on Eid next year. The film is set against the backdrop of the 1980s crime scene of Gujarat and is about a bootlegger whose trade is thwarted by a tough policeman. The film also stars Farhan Akhtar and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. ‘Raees’ is being shot in Goregaon Film City, Mumbai, and is co-produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment, and Gauri Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.

Regarding Mahira’s casting in the film as opposed to other big names in Bollywood, director Rahul Dholakia explained that the character need a certain kind of look and aura which the actress posses, making her a perfect fit for the role.

This is indeed a proud moment for Mahira as well as entire Pakistan.
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