Pakistani actress Mahira Khan called Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan the ‘love of her life‘, with whom she made her Bollywood debut, in an interview to a local media outlet. Mahira described ‘Raees’ with Shah Rukh Khan a special movie of her career.
When asked about signing off ‘Raees‘ amid rejecting several Bollywood movies, Mahira Khan, with a glowing smile on her face, asserted that she could not turn down a movie with Shah Rukh Khan. “I mean it was Shah Rukh Khan; he is the love of my life I had to do Raees. But that is separate; it was a special film. I don’t count it amongst the others,” asserted Mahira Khan.
She added that at one point even Shah Rukh Khan was baffled with her continuous rejection of film offers from Bollywood. Mahira expressed her fondness for Shah Rukh Khan since childhood. She revealed that she used to write him letters in her childhood. She got his home address from an Indian magazine.
Mahira Khan ascended to a higher level of fame and excellence following her spectacular Bollywood debut in ‘Raees’. Her exceptional performance in the movie won her praise from cinema audiences and critics with ‘Raees’ doing decent business on box office. Since then she has appeared in two Pakistani movies ‘Verna’ and ‘Superstar’.
Since then Mahira Khan has not appeared in any Bollywood movie partly due to political turmoil leading to a ban on Pakistani artists and also because she prioritized local projects. She, however, has made outstanding appearances on other international platforms. Khan is also the first Pakistani brand ambassador of the acclaimed beauty brand L’Oreal Paris.
Besides being a brilliant actor, she is also a socially woke actress, who has several times raised voice on human plights particularly child abuse cases in Pakistan. She has been recently appointed as UNHCR’s goodwill ambassador for Pakistan. Mahira Khan said she was grateful for being chosen to represent UNHCR in her country.
"I feel proud that my country has shown such generosity towards three generations of Afghan refugees."
— UNHCR Northern Europe (@UNHCR_NE) November 6, 2019
“Proud to be born to a motherland that has opened its arms to refugees for over 40 years,” she tweeted following the announcement.
She shared her video message posted on UNHCR’s official Twitter account. In the video, Khan asserted that the cause of rehabilitating the refugees must not be limited to one country. She urged other nations to share the responsibility of rehabilitating the Afghan refugees.