Mahira Khan

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Mahira Khan

Mahira Khan (Mahira Hafeez Khan) , born on 21 December 1984, is a renowned Pakistani actress prominently involved in Urdu films and television. Her notable achievements include six Lux Style Awards, six Hum Awards, and the prestigious Recognition for Contribution to Film and Activism from the UK Asian Film Festival.

Commencing her career as a VJ in 2006, Khan marked her acting debut in the social drama film “Bol.” In the same year, she ventured into television with the drama series “Neeyat.” One of her standout performances is the portrayal of Khirad Hussain in the romantic-drama “Humsafar,” garnering her several accolades, such as the Lux Style Award for Satellite Best TV Actress and the Hum Award for Best On-Screen Couple with Fawad Khan.

Mahira Khan received acclaim for her role as Falak Sher in the spiritual romantic drama “Shehr-e-Zaat,” earning her the Best Actress Drama award at the 1st Hum Awards. Among her other notable works is the biographical drama “Sadqay Tumhare,” securing her the Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress.

Venturing into Bollywood, Khan made her debut with the action romance “Raees” in 2017, co-starring alongside Shah Rukh Khan. She has also left a mark in successful Pakistani films, including “Bin Roye” (2015), “Ho Mann Jahaan” (2015), “Superstar” (2019), and “The Legend of Maula Jutt” (2022). Notably, she stepped into the role of a producer with the sports web series “Baarwan Khiladi” (2022).

Mahira Khan is a prominent Pakistani actress known for her contributions to Urdu films and television. With a remarkable career, Khan has earned 21 accolades. Her achievements include multiple Best Actress awards at the Lux Style Awards, and a noteworthy nomination at the Nigar Awards for her role in the film “Ho Mann Jahaan.” Additionally, she has been honored with the Best Television Actress title at the Hum Awards for her outstanding performances in the acclaimed television series “Humsafar” and “Sadqay Tumhare.”

Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

Name

Date of Birth

Birth of Place

Nationality

School

Profession

Career

1st Husband

Relationship

2st Husband

Marriage Date

Children

Mahira Hafeez Khan
 

21 December 1984

Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Pakistani

 Foundation Public School

Actress , Model

2006–present

Ali Askari

2007 To 2015

Salim Karim

2 October 2023

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Early & Personal Life

Khan, born on December 21, 1984, in Karachi, Pakistan, hails from an Urdu-speaking Muhajir family with Pashtun roots. Her father, Hafeez Khan, originally from Delhi, British India, relocated to Pakistan post the India partition.

She completed her O-Levels at Foundation Public School before pursuing higher education in California at the age of 17. Khan attended Santa Monica College and later joined the University of Southern California for her bachelor’s degree. However, she didn’t finish her undergraduate studies, returning to Pakistan in 2008. While in the U.S., she worked as a cashier at a Rite Aid store in Los Angeles.

In 2006, Khan crossed paths with Ali Askari in Los Angeles, marrying him in 2007 in a traditional Islamic ceremony, despite reported objections from Khan’s father. They welcomed a son in 2009 but eventually divorced in 2015. Subsequently, Khan entered matrimony with businessman Salim Karim in an intimate ceremony on October 2, 2023, in Bhurban.

Mahira Khan - Career

Khan embarked on her career journey as a VJ in 2006, taking the helm of the live show Most Wanted on MTV Pakistan, which graced the airwaves three days a week. Subsequently, she ventured into hosting AAG TV’s reality show Weekends with Mahira in 2008, where she curated music videos, engaged in conversations with celebrity guests, and fielded phone calls from viewers.

In 2011, Khan marked her foray into the cinematic realm with a supporting role in Shoaib Mansoor’s directorial venture, Bol. In this critically acclaimed film, she portrayed Ayesha, a young woman hailing from a conservative lower-middle-class family in the old part of Lahore. Ayesha shares a profound passion for music with her love interest, Mustafa, portrayed by Atif Aslam. Bol emerged as a noteworthy success both critically and commercially, securing its place as one of the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time.

Simultaneously in 2011, Khan stepped into the world of television dramas with her debut role in Neeyat, directed by Mehreen Jabbar. Set against the backdrop of New York, she embodied the character of Ayla in this compelling serial.

2012 - 2017

She made her next notable appearance in the Sarmad Khoosat-directed drama serial “Humsafar.” Both the drama and Khan garnered praise from critics, with the series achieving success in India when aired on Zindagi. For her outstanding performance, she received a Lux Style Award for Satellite Best TV Actress and a Hum Award for Best Onscreen Couple. In 2013, she portrayed a significant role in the Sarmad Khoosat-directed “Shehr-e-Zaat,” earning her Best Actress Awards from both Pakistan Media Awards and Hum Awards. Following this, from 2013 to 2014, she took on the role of a host in “TUC The Lighter Side of Life,” a talk show.

The year 2014 saw Khan in the Mohammed Ehteshamuddin-directed drama serial “Sadqay Tumhare,” where she played the character Shano. This role brought her a Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress, two Hum Awards, and a Hum Award nomination. In 2015, she starred alongside Humayun Saeed in Shahzad Kashmiri’s film “Bin Roye,” earning her accolades such as the Lux Style Award for Best Actress (Film), Hum Award for Best Actress, Hum Style Award for Most Stylish Actress (Film), and a Masala! Award for Best Actress. The film was later adapted into a TV series in 2016, earning her a Hum Award for Best Actor Female (Drama Serial) and a Hum Award nomination for Best Onscreen Couple. In the same year, she played a supporting role in Sarmad Khoosat-directed biographical film “Manto.” In 2016, she took the lead in the Asim Raza-directed film “Ho Mann Jahaan,” securing a Lux Style Award for Best Actress (Film) and a Nigar Award nomination for Best Actress.

Her foray into the Hindi film industry came in early 2017 with her co-starring role in Rahul Dholakia’s Indian film “Raees.” However, this debut was marked by challenges, as tensions following the 2016 Uri attack led to a ban on Pakistani artists in India. Khan faced rumors of scenes being deleted or being replaced, and despite threats from Shiv Sena, an Indian far-right political party, the film was released in January 2017. “Raees” proved to be a commercial success, grossing over ₹3.0 billion (US$39 million) worldwide. This made Khan the first Pakistani actress to join Bollywood’s 100 Crore Club and the top-grossing actress in Bollywood during the first quarter of 2017.

2018 – Present

Khan embarked on her singing journey in 2017, debuting as a rape victim in Shoaib Mansoor’s social drama film, Verna. Despite the film receiving generally unfavorable reviews, Khan’s performance garnered praise, earning her the Lux Style Award for Best Actress in 2018. The following year, she made a special appearance in Asim Raza’s Parey Hut Love. In the same year, she starred in the romantic musical-drama film Superstar, marking her highest-grossing domestic film at that time.

In 2022, Khan took on the lead role opposite Fahad Mustafa in Nabeel Qureshi’s action-comedy film, Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad, which received mixed reviews from critics. Additionally, she ventured into production, presenting the web series titled Baarwan Khiladi, released in March 2022. Khan then featured in Bilal Lashari’s Punjabi-language action drama film, The Legend of Maula Jatt, alongside Fawad Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, and Humaima Malik. Although the film garnered widespread critical acclaim, Khan’s performance faced criticism. Syed Zain Raza of The Friday Times noted, “One can’t deny the star power of Mahira, but it would be better to say that this wasn’t her film. Mukkho wasn’t meant for her,” while Siham Basir of Dawn Images mentioned, “The only downside for me was Mahira Khan’s Mukkho. Her Punjabi accent needed a lot of work because her performance fell flat.”

Looking ahead, Khan is set to appear in Pakistan’s inaugural Netflix Original Series, Jo Bachay Hain Sang Samait Lo. This series is an official adaptation of Farhat Ishtiaq’s bestselling 2013 Urdu-language novel of the same name. She will share the screen with Fawad Khan, Sanam Saeed, Ahad Raza Mir, and other well-known actors in pivotal roles.

Other work

Khan stands out as one of Pakistan’s most esteemed and highly compensated actresses, boasting numerous accolades. Notably, in 2012, she earned the title of the Most Beautiful Woman in Pakistan. Her recognition extended globally, securing the tenth position in the ‘Sexiest Asian Women’ poll by Eastern Eye in 2015, rising to ninth in 2016, fifth in 2017, and regaining the ninth spot in 2019. She was also hailed as Pakistan’s sexiest woman. Adding to her accomplishments, Khan co-hosted the ceremonies of the 10th Lux Style Awards in 2010, the 1st Hum Awards in 2013, and the 14th Lux Style Awards in 2015. However, in December 2016, Khan faced the brunt of false news surrounding anti-India comments that surfaced ahead of the release of her Bollywood debut film, Raees.

Beyond her acting career, Khan serves as an ambassador for several renowned brands, including Lux, QMobile, Gai Power Wash, Huawei, Sunsilk, Veet, and L’Oréal. Her influence and impact were further recognized when she was included in the BBC’s prestigious list of 100 Women, announced on November 23, 2020. Notably, in November 2019, Khan took on the role of a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan, highlighting her commitment to humanitarian efforts.

Television / Drams

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YearShowRole
2011NeeyatAalia
2011HumsafarKhirad Ehsan
2012Shehr-e-ZaatFalak
2014Sadqay TumhareRukhsana “Shanno”
2016Bin RoyeSaba Shafiq
2017Main MantoMadari
2021Hum Kahan Ke Sachay ThayMehreen Mansoor

Films / Telefilm

YearTitleRole
2011BolAyesha Khan
2015Bin RoyeSaba Shafiq
2015MantoMadaran (Appeared in screen credits and song “Kya Hoga”)
2016Ho Mann JahaanManizeh
2016Actor in LawHerself (Special Appearance)
2017RaeesAasiya (Indian film)
2017VernaSara
20187 Din Mohabbat InNeeli
2019Parey Hut LoveZeena (Special appearance)
2019SuperstarNoor
2022Quaid-e-Azam ZindabadJia
2022The Legend of Maula JattMukhoo Jatti
TBANeelofarNeelofar (Completed)

Theatre

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Special Appearances

YearShowRole
2006MTV’s Most WantedHost
2008Weekends with Mahira 
201110th Lux Style Awards 
2012Coke KahaniHerself
20131st Hum AwardsHost
2014TUC The Lighter Side of Life 
201514th Lux Style Awards 
2021Aik Hai NigarGeneral Nigar

Web series

Year Title Role Platform
2020 Churails Shagufta ZEE5
2022 Baarwan Khiladi Producer Tapmad
2023 Razia Razia Express

Dubbing

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Awards

 
YearNominee / WorkAwardResult
Lux Style Awards
2013HumsafarSatellite Best TV ActressWon
2016Bin RoyeBest Lead Actress in a FilmWon
2016Sadqay TumhareBest TV ActressWon
2017Ho Mann JahaanBest Lead Actress in a FilmWon
2018VernaBest Lead Actress in a FilmWon
2020SuperstarBest Film Actress (Viewers’ Choice)Won
2020SuperstarBest Film Actress (Critics’ Choice) 
2022Hum Kahan Ke Sachay ThayBest TV Actress-Viewers’ ChoiceNominated
2022Hum Kahan Ke Sachay ThayBest TV Actress-Critics’ ChoiceNominated
Pakistan Media Awards
2014Shehr-e-ZaatBest Actress (Drama)Won
Hum Awards
2013Shehr-e-ZaatBest Actress (Drama)Won
2013HumsafarBest Onscreen Couple (Drama)Won
2015Sadqay TumhareBest Actress (Drama)Nominated
2015Sadqay TumhareBest Actress PopularWon
2015Sadqay TumhareBest Onscreen Couple (Drama)Won
2015Sadqay TumhareBest Actress PopularWon
2015Sadqay TumhareBest Onscreen Couple (Drama)Won
2016Bin RoyeRecognition Award – FilmsWon
2017Bin Roye (TV series)Best Actress Popular (Drama)Won
2017Best Onscreen Couple Popular (Drama)Best Actress Popular (Drama)Nominated
2017Best Onscreen Couple Jury (Drama)Best Actress Popular (Drama)Nominated
2017Best Actress Jury (Drama)Best Actress Popular (Drama)Nominated
2018VernaRecognition Award – FilmsWon
2022Hum Kahan Ke Sachay ThayBest Actress – PopularNominated
2022Best on-screen Couple – PopularBest Actress – PopularNominated
Hum Style Awards
2016Most Stylish Actress (Film)Won
2017Most Stylish Actress (Television)Nominated
2018Most Stylish Actress (Film)Nominated
2018Style Icon of the YearWon
2020Most Stylish Actress (Film)Won
Nigar Awards
2017Ho Mann JahaanBest ActressNominated
International Pakistan Prestige Awards
2017Ho Mann JahaanBest Actress (Film)Nominated
2018VernaBest Actress (Film)Nominated
Indus Valley International Film Festival
2022Prince CharmingBest ActressWon

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