Pakistani star Mahira Khan, who made her Bollywood debut with ‘Raees’ (2017), recently opened up about the current ban on Pakistani stars in the Indian film industry. She also revealed that she was offered various web series opportunities that would stream on Indian digital platforms, but declined them because she was “scared.”
Speaking to the media about the ban, Khan said, “I guess, having experienced it first-hand, 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?”
Khan, who will next be seen narrating a short story in an upcoming Zee5 series, said that she did receive offers for other digital projects in the past, but turned them down, reports The Hindustan Times. “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,” she said.
She 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.”
After the Uri attack in 2016, Pakistani stars were banned from working in Bollywood. This resulted in Khan not being able to travel to India in 2017 to promote ‘Raees.’
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