We Have Wronged Mahira Khan,’ Says Raees Director. People forgot she’s an artist, not the enemy: Raees Director On Mahira Khan. Last year when Pakistani artists working in the Indian film industry, received a lot of backlash from our “nationalist” sections. One among them, was Mahira Khan.
Mahira was subjected to a lot of problems because she is from Pakistan. As a result, she couldn’t promote the film ‘Raees ‘or come back to India to shoot.In an interview, the director of the movie said, “Somewhere I feel we have wronged her. Our people forgot that she is an artist, not the enemy! We took away her right as an actor! Unfair. This reaction was in response to Mahira saying, “Whether it was Shah Rukh Khan or Rahul or Ritesh Batra or Farhan Akhtar, they all have been so amazing.At the end of the day, it’s about films, which is bigger than all of us combined. The film needed to be released. The film had to do well. They were all amazing. They still are.” Appearing at the Dubai Masala! Awards, Mahira was quite graciously posing with Indian celebrities like Sridevi, and designer Manish Malhotra. Moreover, let’s not forget how her innocent smoke-break with Indian buddy Ranbir Kapoor caused a furore. Considering all this, we’d echo Dholakia on the fact that she is definitely not the enemy.Since the release of Raees happened a few months after this debacle, Mahira was also subjected to the tacit “ban.” Now what remains to be seen, is how the “nationalists” of our country respond to Dholakia’s too-controversial-for-India statement.
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