Mahira Khan shares uncanny similarities between Indians, Pakistanis

Published: August 11, 2017
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Superstar Mahira Khan on Thursday recalled her experience working in India and how the two nations are uncannily similar.

Speaking at an event held at Aga Khan University, the superstar who made her Bollywood debut with Raees starring opposite Shah Rukh Khan, recalled how comfortable and welcome she felt in the neighbouring country.

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“We, in India and Pakistan mourn and celebrate the same way. Our language is similar, we connect on a huge scale. Even though you feel that they (the Indians) around are strangers but they never make you feel aloof. Every time I’d request for something that made me uneasy, I was always heard and respected,” Mahira shared.

The Zaalima beauty’s calm was evident throughout the event and her speech not only managed to make the audience burst into laughter but also proved to be inspirational.

Mahira’s session revolved around how one can cope with failure and find ample strength in what you believe in. Moreover, she candidly discussed how the Pakistani actors ban affected her but she stood strong throughout the process.

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“Faith is a beautiful and important thing. And you know this more when you have lost faith. When you are trapped in a dark place in life, faith helps you know that it will be okay,” the star shared in her speech.

She reiterated that her family and friends at home have always had her back which has made her a stronger person through the toughest of times.

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  • Turhan
    Aug 12, 2017 - 12:48AM

    My comment may sound harsh to some, but it must be said.

    Why did so many yearn to have their own independent homeland, separate from the Mughals and especially separate from British India. Why were so many people willing to uproot their lives from within India and make a treacherous journey to settle in newly formed Pakistan. The fact is millions died doing so, because they felt they were different and they sought their own identity and not the one they were given in India by birth.

    Comments like these from actors, musicians and artists always leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. If you feel there are so many similarities, then why are you in Pakistan, in fact, why did your family choose to migrate, you should have stayed in India.

    I for one, and the vast majority of people in Hazara division and the surrounding areas, including Gilgit-Baltistan cherish the fact we have our own homeland, our own customs, traditions and languages, and have nothing in common with Indians.

    Sorry Mahira, I do not share your sentiments, so please stop lamping the rest of us Pakistanis as pseudo Indians.

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  • Giri
    Aug 12, 2017 - 12:15PM

    People only look at superficial things like food and language. They also forget that Majority Indians do not speak Hindi let alone Urdu which is not Indian language. The big difference is mindset. Both people have different mindset and value system. In my opinion that counts more than Roti, language and looks. I do not think Indians are similar to Pakistanis. Recommend

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