I don’t take bakwas: Mathira

The TV host talks about being called ‘hot and sexy’, the criticism she faces and much more.

Saadia Qamar October 14, 2011


Nineteen-year-old Mathira Mohammad is as unpredictable as British weather. From flaunting her style statement — which may be termed as ‘minimalistic’ by some — to fighting her condescending callers with valour, Mohammad has the guts to do it all.

Termed as ‘Pakistan’s Paris Hilton’ by the Los Angeles Times, Mohammad has garnered media attention with her explicit terms of endearment, (“Koochie koochie muah muah”), for her fans and her suggestive dance moves onstage and on-screen.

Breaking boundaries

I have been called hot and sexy a lot of times. I take such comments with a smile. I don’t mind when someone comments on my figure. Initially I did, but then I realised if somebody calls me hot and sexy, they are definitely calling me pretty. People ask me if I had always aimed to break rules, but then they don’t realise breaking something is no one’s aim. When you break a glass, you haven’t been aiming for that. I was just being myself and that I didn’t know that would be like breaking boundaries!

The real and the reel Mathira

I’m as annoying and lively off screen as I am during my show. But there are always two sides to a person. When I am on my own, I am very sombre but the public side of Mathira is annoying, in-your-face and rebellious. I feel it’s better you smile and make others smile with you.

The bold side of me also makes me nonchalant towards the criticism I get. At one time, a caller taunted me for wearing a miniskirt. Now I don’t care if he hasn’t seen a woman wearing a miniskirt, I don’t take this narrow-minded bakwas.

Is Mathira the ‘modern’ Pakistani woman?

I don’t know if people are saying this or not, but if they are, then thank you! It just might be true. I believe every woman who goes out and works is modern. Pakistan is becoming modern so it is good.

Sharing too much?

Just like me, my family doesn’t take crap. My family knows my BlackBerry Messenger contact is common amongst my fans and they don’t care. This just means that 800 people out there know when I am smiling and when I am crying and what I am doing today. I have a loving family, that understands the importance of my career in my life.

What the future holds

I don’t like sharing what I am planning to do. For example, you don’t tell people when you plan on having a baby, you just have it. But yes, I am releasing a song soon which is titled “Jadogaar”. Just like me, my video will be extremely different and will not be the typical Pakistani video. Some might like it, some may not. But this is something completely for myself. It’s my desire and for myself. The LA Times published an article about me and yes more international articles are going to come out, so everyone should look out for them. I am also coming up with a very bold reality show. Besides, that I feel that a move to Aag TV chanel was a very positive thing to do since it is helping my progress tremendously.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2011.


Rana Jehanzeb | 9 years ago | Reply

Modern look what we have taken that word for. I think if Mathira reduces her clothes then she could be the most modern woman of Pakistan. Such a pity on us that what we are appreciating. Mathira you called yourself a Muslim have you ever gone through an Islamiat Book of 5th class which has just the base of Islam to groom a Kid as per the religion ? What is the Modernism in Islam? Its just to wear good clean clothes as per your wealth and those must be made keeping in mind What our Prophet MUHAMMAD (P.B.U.H) told us to.In my eyes a woman is Most Beautiful when she has covered herself else when she is nude and showing her figure and a show piece for others. What place these girls have in our society we all knows. Open minded does not means we should close eyes from what was implemented approx 1400 years ago as that is not meant to be altered / amended and must be followed as TOLD. This country was taken in the name of Islam and with this type of Modernism we are making the World to laugh at us that "THESE" are the Muslims who on one side say Prayers, Fast and Perform Hajj and on another side showing in their channels Nudity, etc and that is just because of some fake people. I ask these Channels, can't they promote their channels using some other means than this?

Layman | 9 years ago | Reply

She is just a little girl .. let her live her life folks ... and what the fish is wrong with people who always think a purda-less pretty figure is representing them and their ancestral religion and culture.

Go get a life baby.

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