Mathira, the new cross-border item queen

Pakistani VJ-turned-model says India and Pakistan share the same culture.

Saadia Qamar September 23, 2013
Mathira feels there is no point of ‘beating the drum’ before things culminate into something substantial. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Yet another controversial queen has crossed over to India, but this time in a different realm of cinema. While most have stuck to commercial Bollywood, yoga instructor-turned-VJ Mathira has opted for Punjabi cinema to make her Indian debut. She has recently performed an item song for Punjabi film Young Malang, produced by Rahulinder Singh Sidhu.

The song is titled Lakk Ch Current. “Basically, Rahulinder Singh is a very dear friend of mine and he approached me for this song, so I decided to go for it,” Mathira tells The Express Tribune.

According to Mathira, Young Malang, which released in India on September 20, is “a comedy film which is not completely romantic”. The song, in which the TV show host is seen wearing a ghaghra choli, was shot in Chandigarh around four months ago.

The song was shot some time ago, but she did not disclose the news to the local press until recently. “Why should I beat the drums and be stupid before it all happens,” she asserts.

Nevertheless, it appears Mathira, too, is joining the ranks of local actors who feel that India and Pakistan are all the same. “We share exactly the same culture. No matter how much we want to change, we will be like each other. The culture is the same, the taste of our food is the same and our night life is the same too,” she said.

Mathira recently starred in Pakistan’s first mainstream item song Bas Teri Hi Kami in Humayun Saeed’s box office hit Main Hoon Shahid Afridi. “I always challenge the social norms that confine a woman to four walls in the name of social bonds,” she said in an earlier interview. “I walk ahead of the people and keep pace with changing social norms.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2013.

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Peace! | 8 years ago | Reply

Why do we (Pk/India) have to fight over every article that's on ET? I read an article, I come to the comment section and I see arguments. I don't believe in Aman ki Asha or any of those fairy tales but it's nice to be cordial and believe in freedom of expression. Every country has its share of flaws including India and Pakistan. it's nicer when people get along, respect each other's opinion and not criticize people from other countries. As much as people portray their countries to be the best or heaven on earth, they really aren't, unless it's Switzerland! PEACE!!!!

optimist | 8 years ago | Reply

@ NP

Yes many Pakistanis have worked in Hollywood movies (like Talat Hussain) but for recent example: Search Faran Tahir and Mahnoor Baloch who have spent most of their lives in Pakistan.

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