Mahira Khan talks about her new venture Verna

Published: October 13, 2016
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The man credited for the revival of Pakistani cinema is all set for a comeback, with yet another potential blockbuster Verna, written and directed by Shoaib Mansoor himself under his banner SHOMAN Productions.

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The veteran writer, producer,  director and the recipient of Pride of Performance has helmed blockbusters like Khuda Ke Liye and Bol, both critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies that not only brought back the long lost culture of film viewing in Pakistan but put the Pakistani film industry on the global entertainment radar. His latest flick will feature Mahira Khan in the lead role.

Talking to The Express Tribune about her journey from being launched as a film star five years ago to becoming the face of Pakistani cinema, Mahira said, “Well, I think the whole journey now would be very very different. My part in Bol was small and also my first ever acting experience. I was nervous but I was carefree, enjoying my time on set with the kids who played my brother and sisters. When Shoaib Sb called me after five years this time and told me the story, I knew I’d be challenged as an actor.”

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When asked if this film will feature socially taboo topics just like other Shoaib Mansoor films, the superstar shared saying, “His films always do revolve around a certain social issue/taboo, yes this film does the same.”
Commenting on Shoman bringing about what no other director can, Mahira said, “In Bol he wanted me to just be myself, I don’t think I’ll have it that easy this time! I hope he can manage to bring out the best in me and I am ready to give it all I’ve got. InshaAllah.”

Shoaib Mansoor shared, “This film has been written and directed by a man of Pakistan for the men of the world to listen to women. It is to encourage women to speak up. Khuda ke liye bol verna…

Sultana Siddiqui, President HUM Network stated, “We at HUM are very happy to have signed up as distributors for Shoaib Mansoor’s film Verna. Shoaib’s films are commercial but at the same time focus on topics that carry a strong message. We are hopeful that this film will be even more successful than his previous ones.”

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Verna is expected to further raise the bar of film making in Pakistan.

The movie is slated to release on Eid-ul-Fitr 2017.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Cinephile
    Oct 13, 2016 - 2:29PM

    OMG! This is huge!Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 13, 2016 - 4:21PM

    Now with Bwood closing its doors to Pak actors .life must indeed be tough for wananee starlets there . Recommend

  • Fia
    Oct 13, 2016 - 6:25PM

    Bunny Rabbit: Mahira Khan was and is a HUGE star in Pakistan. She became popular in India for her role in Humsafar. INDIANS approached her for Raees, she didn’t go after it. She has a lot of projects going on in Pakistan. She was only expanding on her career just like Priyanka Chopra is in Hollywood. I’m glad Indians showed their true face. Now our artists wouldn’t waste their talent on such ungrateful people. Your country has been cashing on Pakistan’s talent. Whether it be Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali khan and others. It’s time you start hiring your own people and stop using Pakistanis to make yourself money. Recommend

  • noreen
    Oct 15, 2016 - 12:11AM

    Great news. Just saw Actor in Law. Pakistani cinema can bring Bollywood down to its knees. What India lacks is Persian/Aryan/Pashtun looks and a thing called subtle acting. All Bollywood imports ( Kapoors, Khans, Kumars, Khannaz, Dutts, Roshans, Chopras and Johars) from regions now known as Pakistan are either old or getting old. Recommend

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