Mahira Khan becomes first Pakistani actress to join Bollywood's 100 Crore Club

Published: February 1, 2017
A file photo of Mahira Khan. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

A file photo of Mahira Khan. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

KARACHI: Several Pakistani stars have crossed over to Bollywood throughout the years, but only a chosen few have become superstars. Not that being in Bollywood’s 100 Crore Club guarantees stardom, but it definitely helps build a reputation.

Since Aamir Khan’s 2008 blockbuster Ghajni, a film’s success has been marked by how many crores it collects at the box office, giving rise to 100, 200 and 700 crore clubs. If we believe that numbers don’t lie, Pakistani actor Mahira Khan recently made it into the elite of the Indian film industry.

According to Bollymoviereviewz, the Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira-starrer Raees has grossed INR139 crore in seven days. With the success of her Bollywood debut, Mahira joins her Humsafar co-star Fawad Khan in the club.

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According to ibtimes, the latter entered the club with his Bollywood outing, Kapoor & Sons, which touched the 100-crore mark when it collected 104 crores in India. Following the release of Ae Dil Hai Muskhil, Fawad has managed to have two films in the club after the Karan Johar directorial collected INR112.48 crores, despite the many controversies it faced.

From an on-screen couple in Humsafar to being loved by Bollywood fans, it has definitely been an interesting journey for Mahira and Fawad. Some may argue that they paired up with superstars such as Shah Rukh, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma to reach the status. But, nobody can overlook their growing stardom and the fact that they bring a certain kind of class and elegance with their presence.

Many stars who crossed over, have tried to break in and establish a solid ground in Bollywood. Ali Zafar made waves when he debuted in Tere Bin Laden in 2010. He went on to star in several films such as Mere Brother Ki Dulhan alongside Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif and Kill Dil with Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra. His recent outing was in Dear Zindagi, where he played a brief role.

Humaima Malick made her debut in Raja Natwarlal opposite Emraan Hashmi in 2014, but failed to make a mark, never to be seen again. Similarly, Imran Abbas appeared in horror film Creature 3D but remained unsuccessful in garnering much interest. However, he made a cameo appearance in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil too.

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It must be said that the club is not a guarantee that your next film will be successful. However, more often than not, it means a star has captivated their audience. While this race to join the club has been criticised by many for putting entertainment value ahead of quality cinema, it does showcase a star’s power to fill cinema halls.

While Fawad’s vast fandom has landed him several roles in high-profile films, Mahira is still new to the scene. However, while it took him several films to finally join the club, Mahira did so with her debut film. Be it beginner’s luck or not, her fans wait with bated breath to see how this success translates into more and better roles for Pakistan’s leading female star.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • mirestan
    Feb 1, 2017 - 5:10PM

    Good news for Pakistani diehard fans of Hindi cinema. These films are available free on u-tube. Please stop supporting Indian defense budget. May you be the victim?Recommend

  • Dino
    Feb 1, 2017 - 5:19PM

    What’s the benefit? When there is hardly few minutes appearance role given to Pak actors Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Feb 1, 2017 - 6:57PM

    Mahira is a good actress for our local serial dramas, whereas Shahrukh Khan has proved his phenomenal acting skills in Raees. He is a world-class actor bollywood ever produced.Recommend

  • Mohammed Asad
    Feb 1, 2017 - 8:04PM

    Srk Bhai bring 8abs soon… Jabra fan is waiting for you. On the screen plz… And break your record 45crore and make new record 50crore 1st day…. Wish you all the best… King Khan.. @m Sher Asad… Recommend

  • Sajith
    Feb 1, 2017 - 8:59PM

    What Mahira.? We are watching raees because of SRK.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Feb 2, 2017 - 12:02AM

    We are watching Raees for Mahira Khan….. SRK cannot act… He has only marketed himself better over the yearsRecommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Feb 2, 2017 - 8:42AM

    Do you have any idea what these actors go through in India to work there. There are Pakistani specific laws. By India law, Pakistanis can’t buy any property.. renting an apartment or hotels is pain in the neck. Hotels, House owers have to report to police, fill out 40 page forms, kind of getting blacklisting with Police. And all Pakistanis HAVE REGISTER WITH POLICE ON ARRIVAL. And then, Cine workers union from a spot boy to production people are controlled by SHIV SENA. One should salute these Pakistani artists who come to work in india under these conditions. Mahira will tell you that she needs PERMISSION to leave Mumbai to visit any other city in India.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Feb 2, 2017 - 8:59AM

    It appears movie distributors have paid handsomely to ET for to promote Mahira to get Pakistani audience. :D. There is one news about the average movie everyday in ET. Recommend

  • Sawpna
    Feb 2, 2017 - 4:31PM

    I love SRk,so I always watch his movie in the theater, as soon as after release his any movie. Recommend

  • abid
    Feb 2, 2017 - 4:46PM

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