In the wake of the recent terror attacks, Pakistani artistes working in India were threatened by political parties to leave the country. Not only that, a few upcoming Bollywood projects faced the heat when MNS threatened to stop the release of those films. Mahira Khan‘s debut hindi movie, Raees, starring Shah Rukh Khan was also under the radar for the same.
Having kept mum about the topic till now, Mahira recently had an indirect message of sorts for her fans about the entire scenario. She shared a Pakistani girl, Alizay Jaffer‘s viral Facebook post calling for peace and harmonious relationships between the two neighbours.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) October 1, 2016
“It’s very strange, this affinity with India. When Amitabh Bachchan is in the hospital, we pray for his good health; when Ranbir Kapoor’s film is a hit, we’re prouder than Neetu and Rishi; we never deny that no one brings romance to life like the voices of Kishore and Rafi; they are in unanimous agreement that their local music scene is not a patch on ours; if we happen to interact abroad, they’re the only pardesis we include in the ‘desi’ category; their monuments carry our history; our language carries their roots.”
“Ultimately, we both share the label of being impulsive and emotional in our responses to one another – ‘Look at what you’re doing in Kashmir’ ‘Hah, look at what you’re doing in Balochistan’; ‘You attacked us first in Uri’ ‘Have you forgotten about Kargil’?; ‘You started it!’ ‘No! You started it’!”
“The strangest thing about our relationship, in fact, is our propensity to change roles. To the world, most of the time, we are siblings; constantly at loggerheads, trying to get into daddy’s good books so that he may buy us a toy, or take us for a drive, or better yet, increase our allowance. Other times, we are like a divorced couple, sharing space, constantly bickering over who lost out in the settlement, unable to finally come to terms with the fact that we are no longer together. It seems the scars of our separation are still so ripe, so painful, that they can’t accept that we left, and we can’t accept that they let us leave. In an event like this, we only find solace in making sure the other is just as hurt as we are, so we put in our all our resources, our best efforts, to do exactly that.”
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