Tuesday Sep 07, 2021

A Woman of Many Parts with Mahira Khan

Positive Solace: Women of Vision concludes with an interview with Mahira Khan, a multiple award winning actress and film producer.

Mahira has just finished an intense period of filming for her latest film Aik Hai Nigar based on the first female Lieutenant General in Pakistan.

Mahira achieved global fame when she portrayed the role of Khirad Ashar Hussain in the TV series Humsafar. Other than her TV work Mahira is passionate about her film roles - she lives through them - and about the difficult themes tackled in her films. But at the same time she recognises the stress and strain these deep and heavy subjects and treatment of them can bring to her both physically and mentally.

Attika asks about the film Verna that deals with the rape of a married woman and the social reaction to it that Mahira feels is no longer acceptable for the new generation.

When portraying a roles that deal with difficult issues like the General's, she works hard to reflect her true character and how she has dealt with all the obstacles in her path. This film is being produced by Mahira's own film company Soul Fry Films. So she gets to be both sides of the camera.

Despite her broad career in both large and little screens, Mahira has many other strings to her bow, not the least of which is her work with the United Nations. She is an ambassador for the UN refugee arm, UNHCR. She is particularly concerned about the refugees in Afghanistan and how these people may come under greater threat due to recent events.

Mahira is a deep and thoughtful person and she opens up to Attika in this podcast. She talks about the challenges and the dark times she has experienced but also looks at the good and positive: she is driven and optimistic for negativity is just not part of her vision. Mahira is not just a celebrity and a business woman, she's also a mother to Azlan her 12 year old son and takes time out to care for her family, even her granny.

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