Dressed in a cream coloured outfit, almost half an hour late from the expected time of arrival, film star Meera arrived at the Karachi Press Club on the evening of May 21 and celebrated her birthday with the city’s journalist community.
Speaking on the occasion, Meera said: “I would like to thank Aziz Awan and Asif Ali Pota, for remembering my birthday, which although falls on May 12, I was busy shooting certain programmes, recording certain stuff and so I could not travel back to Lahore to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends.”
Meera said: “I have always had the occasion celebrated not only by my friends and family but I even celebrate it, every year with the journalist community of Lahore at the Lahore Press Club.”
She said: “On May 12, people from various quarters and places of Pakistan wished me, for which I am very thankful to them.” Uttering on her very own: “Happy Birthday!” This made the journalist community of Karachi laugh out loud.
As she was cutting the two-tier cake, the lot of the journalists present at the event started questioning her, about her age. She did not utter a single digit but someone besides her loudly said: “She has turned 25. This is her 25th birthday.” This threw the journalist community, most of whom in a fit of laughter and this eventually made the diva angry and upset and for once, she spoke much sense stating quite blatantly: “We need to become serious, we are not serious people, just look at the nation, this non-serious attitude has led us, where? Sadly, Pakistan has become a laughing stock in front of the entire world.”
But no sooner had she said this that the journalist community present at the Karachi Press Club, became silent but again, wore on a nasty behavior to which Meera said: “I would want a serious attitude from the media, this is a serious business, we have to give each other respect.”
Sharing some other stuff she said: “I started working when I was hardly nine years old, I believe one is a born artist.” Stating in the same breathe: “Every morning I wake up and learn new things.”
Giving other details, she said: “Now, I am planning to make a film called Askar. I am a Pakistani national, I hold a Pakistani nationality and represent my country on those same lines.”
About the film, Meera did not say if she was planning to make it here in Pakistan or in India but Asif Ali Pota said: “This is an Indian project.”
Finally, when approached and asked, if the plans of joining former president Pervez Musharraf’s political party still remained intact, the diva said: “I will not comment on this. I am just here to cut the birthday cake and celebrate my birthday, today. No comments.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2011.