“I don’t know how people will take me over Bollywood” says Mahira Khan
Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is all set to make her big debut in Bollywood with Shahrukh Khan. The actress, in a recent interview to NDTV, seemed unsure about the response of her debut Raees against the King Khan. “I don’t know how people will take to me over there (Bollywood). But it was a very different experience. I went there like a sponge. I was just taking it all in,” said the actress.
“I didn’t want to step in on anybody’s toes. Because here, I’m very nosy. I’m in everybody’s space and job. And everyone warned me not to do this there. So I just sat, listened to them. I tried to match Mr Khan. I couldn’t, but I tried to make it better,” she added.
Talking about her Raees co-star, the King Khan of Bollywood, Mahira said: “I got to learn so much from Mr Shah Rukh Khan, like actually got to learn from him. I realized this when I came back. I came back and I shot for a song in Ho Mann Jahaan and my director was like, ‘What has happened to you’. He actually said that ‘you’ve shed a layer. You’ve grown as an actor.’ And I think it’s because I moved out of my comfort zone. At that time you don’t realise it because it’s happening so fast. But when you come back you realise, ‘Oh, I’ve learnt something’.
Sharing her experience of doing Bin Roye, a Hum Films and MD Films production in Pakistan, Mahira said, “I have invested two years of my life in Bin Roye, and solely because I had decided that I don’t want to do drama. And this was right after my serial Shehr-e-Zaat, which I did after Humsafar and everyone told me that ‘No one does this. What are you? You are just 2-3 serials old. Who does that?’. But the scripts that came sounded similar, even though some were amazing. But I thought that we are film ready. We are an industry, which is ready to get into films full throttle.”
Talking about her transition from Bin Roye to Ho Mann Jahaan, two of her upcoming Pakistani movies, she said, “From Bin Roye I went to Ho Mann Jahaan. From Saba, who is complex, doesn’t know anything, immature. She’s brash and rash. She’s complicated. She’s passionate and obsessed. She is everything that Manizeh, from Ho Mann Jahaan, is not. Manizeh is knows her mind, she’s mature. She a cool girl; she’s the quintessential girl of today.”
“They were such different characters that I had trouble getting into Manizeh’s shoes. Asim used to be like, ‘What are you doing, why are you making your dialogues dramatic’. And I realized that I was still in drama mode. So I had to really break away from Saba to be more like Manizeh. And then from there I did another song for Bon Roye, where I was the confident girl like Manizeh. I was like, ‘What’s happening’. There will be these two schizophrenic characters,” she added.