The Pakistani actor’s TV interview from 2011 on ‘The Shareef Show’ with Umer Shareef has caused quite a commotion online, especially in India.
It started with a tweet containing a video clip from the show in which Umar Shareef talks of promoting Pakistan, a statement which Mahira responds to by saying, “You should not be inspired by Bollywood. We are not India.” This was said in the context of a larger conversation about supporting Pakistani talent.
Views of our patriotic Raees’s Pakistani co-actress Mahira Khan about India and Bollywood.
Plz sell your self-esteem before watching Raees. pic.twitter.com/OFozL8iEY8
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) December 29, 2016
Indian publications like Bollywood Hungama and Indian Express picked up the clip out of context and used it to point fingers at Mahira for “anti-India sentiments” ahead of the release of her Bollywood debut film Raees.
— Angry Frustrated (@AF_indian) December 31, 2016
Due to the tension between Pakistan and India, Shah Rukh Khan met with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray earlier this month to discuss the future of his upcoming film Raees alongside Mahira Khan.
According to Indian Express, Thackeray had said, “The meeting was to clarify reports that Pakistanis would be promoting the film. They wanted to say that no Pakistani will be coming to India. They also assured that till the situation between the two countries improves they will not hire any Pakistani actor.”
— Malika Merchant (@malikamerchant) December 30, 2016
This interview of Mahira’s was aired in 2011 for the promotion of her Pakistani debut film Bol. Here’s the full show, the snippet has been taken from 14.54 – 16.25:
This is not the first time the actor has dealt with fake online news, just a few days ago she called out Urdu publication Nawaiwaqt for a false interview of hers: