Mahira Khan is among those luminous stars,
Mahira Khan is among those luminous stars, who hold a very loyal fan base that never let them lose from their highest place at galaxy. Despite getting too much criticism before the release of her recent films, Mahira is now winning critical acclaims for her acting and dance skills in Superstar and the short but strong presence in Parey Hut Love. After completing her hectic promotional tour for Superstar around the world, she is back in the town and enjoying the result of her hard work and time she put in those projects. We reached to Mahira during her busy schedule, in which she candidly shared her most tough and pleasant moments about her journey through these projects.
You star in two super hit films this eid. How do you own them?
I love and own both. Though, I have a cameo in Parey Hut Love but as it is Asim Raza’s film, its mine as well. Superstar is very close to my heart. I am really attached to the story of superstar.
We are watching you in a bit different role in Superstar? Do you also feel the same?
It is true that this role has something different from what I have done before but seriously, I wanted to do this romantic role very much. The script was with me for so many years and I was eagerly waiting for it to be filmed. I feel that I have lived this role. It is a fact that I tightly get into the shoes of my roles and often take them home with me too, but this one was like my baby that I nurtured with all my love and support.
Bilal Ashraf has worked a lot for this movie like his body transformation and acting training. What did you do something special for this role?
Yes. I did a lot of theatre and worked on voice expressions for this role. Before going to the floor, Bilal and I were put into special setting of theatre to know about the psyche and attitude of a theatre artist, as our characters demand that. Actually, I was preparing myself for this role almost two years before the actual shoot of Superstar. I went to NAPA and spent some time with director Sunil and theatre kids,. That was a really a learning experience for me as I haven’t done theatre in my career.
How was the experience of doing a film with Muhammad Ehteshamuddin after working in a drama ‘Sadqay Tumhare’ five years back?
He is always the same whether it is television or film. I know most people liked my role in Hamsafar and Sheher-e-Zaat but my diehard fans love Shanno of Sadqay Tumhare. And I give its full credit to Ehteshamuddin. Why I admire him most as he always lets me free, whether it is Sadqe or Superstar. He never tied my wings and allows me to fly at my own strength. Here I tell you about the climax scene of Superstar, of which I was very particular, so I asked him to direct me if I was taking it alright, but he was adamant that I had to do it on my own first. So, I went back to the scene and then he came around and said, “Consider it as your last chance and put in all the agony and pain that you can”. That was it. After that I knew clearly what I had to do. He is a true collaborator. I am very grateful that Ehtesham Bhai has directed Superstar.
We have seen your two dance numbers on this eid; More Sayyan and Noori. In which you had to work harder and give more time?
I worked hard for both. Both dances are very different from each other. More Sayyan is pure kathak while Noori is typical thumka style. The only connection between them was their choreographer Nigah Jee, who is a teacher in its true sense. He makes you to work. We had only two days for More Sayyan and I was not feeling well then, but I could make it just because of the determination of Nigah Jee and Asim Raza. I enjoyed both of my dance shoot a lot. It was lot of fun. Actually, I love dancing and pick it very quickly.
So, after these two films, can we say that Mahira Khan also dance at her best besides acting?
I don’t know. People will tell. Moreover, I will not just dance for the sake of dance. It should be fit into film as well. But honestly, I love dancing. I look forward anxiously when it is a dance shoot planned in a film. I really waited impatiently for Noori and More Sayyan.
How Noor is closed to Mahira?
Honestly, in beginning, I didn’t find any connection with Noor but when Azaan and Bilal said that I was lot like her, then I also realized that yes at some points I was. For instance, I too have a very strong faith like Noor of Superstar. I am also a dreamer like her.
Do you believe that Superstar was written for you?
Of course! I feel once an actor has signed a film and starts shooting, it actually becomes his or her film, whether it was written for any other actor in the first place. Jo actor jo film karta hai wo usi ke liyeh likhi hoti hai.