Meera: ‘I am leaving Lollywood’

Published: February 11, 2012

PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

KARACHI: Before Veena became controversy’s favourite child — there was the ever notorious Meera. The Express Tribune sat down with the sultry actor for an intimate interview where she shared details on her past relationships, the apparent copycat Reema and settling down for good.

About marriage to Naveed Shehzad

Meera: This marriage was completely decided and approved by my family. He is a family friend and also happens to be my brother Ahsan’s friend. My mother will decide the engagement and wedding dates. All I know about him is that he is a captain in an airline company and his family has shares in United Airways.

On her show ‘Kaun Banega Meera Pati’

Meera: It was a fun show but I don’t think I will ever do it again. I did it only for my fans.

On bidding farewell to Lollywood

Meera: Four days ago, I decided to leave the film industry. I have returned Rs5 million which were given to me in advance for upcoming projects. I no longer want to be associated with Lollywood. I am working on a new image for myself and planning a production with people from outside the Lollywood circle.

On copying Reema and Veena

Meera: I am not following Reema’s footsteps. If you’re referring to the marriage rumours, media speculations about my marriage have been rife for the past 10 years. I won’t lie; I always wanted to settle down. At first, it was with filmstar Saud. However, my mummy and Sangeeta Appa rejected the proposal. They asked me to concentrate on my career, as I was single-handedly supporting my family.

In reality, Reema follows me. If you research, you’ll see how Reema and Veena have copied everything I have done. I was the first one to go to India, I also co-produced the film Nazar and I was the first one to work with Mahesh Bhatt. Now look; Reema has produced her own film, Veena has gone to India and even befriended Ashmit Patel. It’s funny that Patel is the same man who proposed to me a long time ago. Additionally, Veena gained popularity doing parodies of me.

 About Veena’s bold shoot

Meera: Doing nude shoots is one of the easiest ways to gain popularity. Starring in a racy item number is a close second. For instance, I was offered Rs500 million to participate in “Bigg Boss” but I did not take up the offer.

On her relationship with Shoaib Akhtar

Meera: Two years ago the media spread rumours about my affair with Shoaib Akhtar and I admit I was involved with him. However, Shoaib does not take his relationships seriously. He proposed to my cousin and me on the exact same day. He even hit me in front of PTV staff. Even then, I never brought it out in front of the media. He is a man who wasted a year of my life and hurt me tremendously. Still, I wish him all the best.

About her controversial Bollywood kiss

Meera: When the media attacked me, there was no one to support me. Even Mahesh Bhatt disappeared at the time. Due to this media upheaval, there came a point in my life that I did not have a penny in my name. These were tough times but made me a stronger person. I am confident about who I am as a person and what my goals are in life.

On acting in Bollywood again

Meera: If a really good offer comes my way, only then will I accept it. I want to change my image completely. It saddens me that I haven’t produced any good work for the past four years. I want my fans to finally say: “nobody can compete with Meera”.

Meera: Years gone by

1995 – Meera makes an entrance into Lollywood

1997 — Meera and Saud’s friendship blossoms

1999 — Plays the lead role in Samina Peerzada’s debut film Inteha

2004 — Plays a significant role in Lollywood film Salakhain

2005 — Plays a leading role in Mahesh Bhatt’s Nazar where she is seen kissing her co-star. Shaukat Aziz promises security on her arrival in Pakistan

2008 — Meera and cricketer Shoaib Akhtar become close

2009 — Rumours about fake marriage to Atiqur Rehman surface

2010 — Meera served legal notice to vacate house

2011 — Meera searches for a husband through “Kaun Banega Meera Pati”

2012 — News about marrying US-based pilot Naveed Shehzad surface

Published in The Express Tribune, February 12th, 2012.

Reader Comments (33)

  • Waqas
    Feb 11, 2012 - 11:07PM

    We will not miss u!

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  • danish khan
    Feb 11, 2012 - 11:43PM

    she should have reported shoaib akhtar to the police when he hit her,keeping quiet when being abused is no good deed ,you are just encouraging men to continue to physically abuse more women.your silence would have led to more violence by him.

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  • Ali
    Feb 12, 2012 - 12:31AM

    The legend of Shoaib Akhtar lives, VIVA RAWALPINDI EXPRESS

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  • Feb 12, 2012 - 2:02AM

    Wait, what fans? I want to know who these people are. Please, contact me.

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  • hina
    Feb 12, 2012 - 2:12AM

    meera will always be meera!Recommend

  • Hk-29
    Feb 12, 2012 - 6:59AM

    She looks very beautiful in the picture…bless her

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  • Homa
    Feb 12, 2012 - 8:08AM

    Meera and sangeeta. They should have been indian. She would have been treated better here.

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  • Homa
    Feb 12, 2012 - 8:11AM

    By the way, were they given hindu names at birth or did they convert? (meera and sangeeta apa)

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  • saady
    Feb 12, 2012 - 8:38AM

    Shoaib Akhter, what a baller ! “proposed to my cousin and me on the exact same day”

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  • Rahul Vasudevan
    Feb 12, 2012 - 10:04AM

    Hilarious. One thing about Pakistani women……they never fail to entertain you.

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  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Feb 12, 2012 - 10:34AM

    Meera in the league of Madhuri and Vidya. Ohh Meera do you intend to go to Hollywood now. Atleast my wife will have a chance at Lollywood then. Sana get up and do some exercise.

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  • Feb 12, 2012 - 10:44AM

    Meera is one of those characters you love to hate. This entire interview proves that yet again. I can’t believe I read all of it, line for line.

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  • Javeria Mahmood
    Feb 12, 2012 - 11:34AM

    Best wishes for you Meera…. and guys pls stop criticizing her after all she is a girlRecommend

  • alicia
    Feb 12, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Bahahahaha
    I can’t believe she actually said this and I can’t believe I actually read this stuff. LOOOOL

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  • Sajid
    Feb 12, 2012 - 12:23PM

    ET please stop calling female artists “actor”. She is an actress.

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  • Abdullah
    Feb 12, 2012 - 12:33PM

    thanks meera for leaving lollywood obviously ppl won’t miss you…

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  • Saad
    Feb 12, 2012 - 2:36PM

    500 hundred million rupees offer from big boss…..

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  • Hamid
    Feb 12, 2012 - 2:55PM

    Bubye meera.

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  • Meera
    Feb 12, 2012 - 4:36PM

    i was offered 500 million for a show that had a prize money of 10 million.

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  • Ali
    Feb 12, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Thank you for leaving Lollywood. I’m sure it will flourish more without you.

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  • Feb 12, 2012 - 5:23PM

    I m leeeving Hooolywud :p though I loved Meera’s english

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  • xohaib hassan
    Feb 12, 2012 - 7:05PM

    Meera g, :D i am very happy finally u decided to quit.

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  • Ray
    Feb 12, 2012 - 9:14PM

    She’s harmless.

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  • AA
    Feb 13, 2012 - 12:06AM

    I feel sorry for this lady…so much humiliation for her

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  • m73
    Feb 13, 2012 - 4:39AM

    @Rahul Vasudevan:
    What do you mean by Pakistani women!!!! That is a childish remark my friend. Indian or Pakistani grow up boy…..

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  • Truth From Pakistan
    Feb 13, 2012 - 7:37AM

    @AA. Agreed with you. I think she should be left alone now.

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  • Anti-Meera
    Feb 13, 2012 - 8:36AM

    Just leave. Allah hafiz / sayo nara / bye byeRecommend

  • Faraz
    Feb 13, 2012 - 8:42AM

    “I was offered Rs500 million to participate in “Bigg Boss” but I did not take up the offer.”

    Please!! you are not even worth Rs. 5.

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  • Citizen
    Feb 13, 2012 - 9:46AM

    sigh ! Meera je GROW up !!!

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  • Danish Kaneria
    Feb 13, 2012 - 11:06AM

    Shoaib Akhter hahahah you’re a living LEGEND :D

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  • Feb 16, 2012 - 3:55AM
  • Syed Shah
    Feb 20, 2012 - 3:45PM

    She is always entertaining. I like her.

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  • rafaz
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:03AM

    aah the ever entertaining meera. love her or hate her u cant just ignore her. For me, I am obliged to do all 3.

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