Lollywood actor Meera has joined the popular website Twitter adding to the list of celebrities from all over the world that use it to constantly update their fans.
While Pakistani celebrities have been slow to join the website, their presence has provided a close look for their fans. Ali Zafar, in particular, has used the website to promote his upcoming film Tere Bin and ask fans their opinion on everything under the sun, including wardrobe choices.
Other Pakistani celebrity users of the website include musicians Hadiqa Kiani, Atif Aslam, Ali Noor, Ali Hamza, Omran Shafique, Haniya Aslam, Ali Azmat, Salman Ahmed and Farhad Humayun. Zeb and Haniya, Strings and Noori also maintain accounts for their bands. Politicians Marvi Memon, Salmaan Taseer, Imran Khan and Rehman Malik and cricketer Shoaib Malik are active users as well.
This may just be one of the smartest things Meera has ever done.
The actor, who is incredibly popular in Pakistan, has been faced with a spate of negative publicity over the past two years. One video of Meera prepping for an interview with photographer Tapu Javeri went viral in 2009, as she struggled to rehearse the questions in English. If she uses the website to her advantage - and promotes herself right - she could easily become one of the most popular users on the website.
Her user handle is The_MeeraJee (similar to her widely promoted e-mail address) and her bio states: “The REAL Meera ... Top Pakistani actress and model.”
The actor is reportedly being helped out by jewellery designer Sara Taseer Shoaib, who is an active user herself.
Shoaib tweeted, “The_MeeraJee may need a few more sessions before she is proficient. Plz be patient.” As of filing this report, Meera has over 50 followers on the website.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2010.