Mahira Khan subtly reacts on banning of Pakistani artistes in India?

Mahira Khan subtly said something which caught the eye.

Written by Samarpita Das | New Delhi | Published:October 2, 2016 6:15 pm
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When Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan and other Pakistani artistes were asked to pack their bags and leave India, many producers found themselves facing the heat, as a lot of projects were left incomplete. New problems surfaced for Karan Johar’s film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Fawad and Mahira’s Bollywood debut Raees opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan after MNS threatened to stop the release of both the films. While ADHM is set for a Diwali release next month, Raees was scheduled to arrive on the Republic Day in January 2017. While KJo is the most tensed, the makers of Raees have also reportedly postponed the release of the film, under the prevailing circumstances.

Amidst all the animosity shared between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attack, the targetted celebrities from across the border have preferred to remain silent so far. And while everyone awaited a reaction from their end, Mahira Khan subtly said something which caught the eye. She took to her Twitter handle and shared a post, which turns out to be something written by a Pakistani girl named Alizay Jaffer. Alizay had a few days ago, penned a long post on Facebook calling for peace and harmonious relationships between the two neighbours. The post soon went viral. She was showered with a lot of praise from netizens from both India and Pakistan. Even Mahira went on to share her post on Twitter mentioning ‘This’.

The Pakistani actor known for her blockbuster television show Humsafar opposite Fawad Khan, has not been very vociferous with all the new controversies but this has been one of her softly given reactions.

Read what Alizay posted here.


The letter which became famous on social media read:

It’s strange, this affinity with India. I find myself getting increasingly upset at the abuse and hatred tossed from one border to another, with little rationale apart from the 69 year old chips on our shoulders. These chips have, over time, turned into boulders, and who doesn’t crumble under the weight of those?
It’s very strange, this affinity with India. When Amitabh Bachchan is in the hospital, we pray for his good health; when Ranbir Kapoor’s film is a hit, we’re prouder than Neetu and Rishi; we never deny that no one brings romance to life like the voices of Kishore and Rafi; they are in unanimous agreement that their local music scene is not a patch on ours; if we happen to interact abroad, they’re the only pardesis we include in the ‘desi’ category; their monuments carry our history; our language carries their roots.
It’s far too strange, this affinity with India. Like siblings, we retaliate to each other’s provocations. Ultimately, we both share the label of being impulsive and emotional in our responses to one another – ‘Look at what you’re doing in Kashmir’ ‘Hah, look at what you’re doing in Balochistan’; ‘You attacked us first in Uri’ ‘Have you forgotten about Kargil’?; ‘You started it!’ ‘No! You started it!’
Like orphaned trust fund babies, we feel entitled yet have no idea how to cope. They neither acknowledge nor respond to Muslims being massacred for eating beef in Gujrat, for instance, and we? We turn a blind eye to Christians and Hindus being physically assaulted for eating before Iftar in Ramzan. They’re destroying Kashmir, we say, Kashmiris have a right to be independent (or choose us, of course), but we forget how we throttled Bangladesh – why should a Bengali speaking majority not accept Urdu as its national language? We never speak about that, do we? Too soon, perhaps.
When I think about some of my best days and nights in the last ten years, more than 50% of them were spent with my brothers and sisters from across the border; sharing a meal, listening to music, discussing politics, or anything but; laughing, dancing, singing; but most importantly, completely aware yet in vehement passive rebellion against the lines that keep us apart.
Come to think of it now, it isn’t strange at all, this affinity with India. Our proverbial Lord and Master, the gargantuan power that rules us, ‘The West’, is an absentee parent; one we’re constantly trying to please but one who never really loved us anyway. If there is anyone for us, it’s each other. What’s strange is our reluctance to acknowledge this.
What’s strange is the burden we carry of decisions made in our pasts, based on an entirely different socio-political context, when a common, exploitative antagonist made sure we saw each other as the aggressor, and boy, did we fall for it. What’s strange is our prolonged blindness to the immense opportunities that lie before us as a unit, and the vast desolation that lies before us as enemies.
The strangest thing about our relationship, in fact, is our propensity to change roles. To the world, most of the time, we are siblings; constantly at loggerheads, trying to get into daddy’s good books so that he may buy us a toy, or take us for a drive, or better yet, increase our allowance. Other times, we are like a divorced couple, sharing space, constantly bickering over who lost out in the settlement, unable to finally come to terms with the fact that we are no longer together. It seems the scars of our separation are still so ripe, so painful, that they can’t accept that we left, and we can’t accept that they let us leave. In an event like this, we only find solace in making sure the other is just as hurt as we are, so we put in our all our resources, our best efforts, to do exactly that.
I read today that India claimed they carried out a surgical attack in Uri. Ridiculous. I immediately read several, equally ridiculous Pakistani reactions; some hitting below the belt, others claiming that one shouldn’t expect more from mass murdering politicians, like the ones we have across the border. Somehow, suddenly, we are all too forgiving of our own ‘glorious’ politicians. It’s strange how quick we are to forget how much trouble governance is in, on both sides, when we jump up to point fingers.
I’m sure this news will leave me in a month’s time. What hasn’t left me is the news about a Pakistani Head of State’s arrival in Delhi for a test match, ultimately averting the threat of war; or an Indian politician putting his hand forward to greet his Pakistani counterpart, to curb tensions; or that time when Ganguly acknowledged that there’s no one greater than Wasim; or when Shoaib Malik married Sania Mirza; or that image of the guards in the most beautiful fraternal embrace I have ever seen, on Holi at Wagah Border. I suppose it’s because some of us look for peace, we hanker for it, while others, they look for war.
I suppose what I’m trying to say is, in 20 years’ time, Uri will be just another event in the text books. It will be labeled as yet another period in our collective histories when our ‘cold war’ with India almost turned into ‘hot war’. It will be just another opportunity for me to pick on my Indian friends or vice versa. It will be just another event our older uncles will discuss when they try to feel better about Pakistan’s failures and convince themselves that partition was the best thing that could’ve happened for us and that, without India, ‘we’re better off’.
What will never be ‘just another event’ is one we never address. The fact that we are now divorced; the fact that our separation is painful for both of us; the fact that where there is now hate, there was once unity and a common pride; the fact that we allowed an external power to come in and manipulate us, and we fell prey; the fact that no one will know us like we know each other, because after all, we were once but one.
It is comforting somehow, that when I messaged one of my closest friends across the border, expressing concern over the destructive megalomaniac tendencies of our governments, he responded and said, ‘It doesn’t matter what they do, you know I will always love you’. It is comforting somehow, that in 20 years’ time, if you look away from the textbooks, and turn to your ancient scriptures or your holy books, it won’t take you long to see that since time immemorial, there is only one message they are trying to convey, only one message we should be paying attention to; and that message is Love.”

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    James
    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:22 pm
    What a load of sentimental baloney. Right now India is embarring itself internationally. Let us enjoy that fully and without qualification :)
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      anurag
      Oct 3, 2016 at 5:01 am
      are you comparing MNS and Hafiz S... MNS is not spreading terrorism, world knows who did 26/11
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        kalsi
        Oct 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm
        All said very nicely. A country named stan is a terrorist state where elected leaders like your PM Nawaz ... (Badmash) are sidelined by terrorist Hafiz S and other top world terrorists. OBL was hosted by your army officers for umpteen number of years and asked to produce terror children. Talking with terrorists no fun, only GUN.
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          mohan
          Oct 3, 2016 at 5:04 am
          There is no democracy in stan and its Independence on Aug 14, 1947 is simply a MYTH. Poor stanis do NOT know that their collegium JUDGES are chosen by BIG BROTHER in the City of London. On 26th April 2012, the COLLEGIUM judges of stan disqualified and removed its PM Yousaf Raza Gillani. In August 2014, thousands of armed anti-government protesters marched on stan's parliament demanding the stepping down of PM Nawaz Sharif over allegations of election fraud. stan was not created out of a revolution or a struggle by freedom fighters, but just a consutional transfer of power arranged by Mountbatten to Jinnah, a British educated lawyer and a trusted Empire loyalist. The militants dont need a house to stay and does not own any family to look after. The fake intellectuals and liberals take a flight to London or Dubai. Such a situation is very ideal for a military take over
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            Rahul
            Oct 3, 2016 at 2:47 pm
            Don't you dare compare India and pak. India has gone way ahead of Pak. And you need not worry about kashmiris. You just focus on your country which is next to impossible for you
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              Shrinivas
              Oct 3, 2016 at 7:51 am
              Well said; full of wisdom while I admire your courage for writing the above the same were our sentiments when innocent students were macred in stan last year we felt the pain too. Our PM has already addressed you and we do not hold the common people responsible but there is anger and anguish in this country of our repeated failure to make your leadership understand our perspective. agree we have a lot more in common and most common are a lot of our problems which we need to address the challenge is insutional mechanisms to address these and I am hoping once again the initiative will be from this side given our Political leadership is far more stronger than ever before....but I encourage the likes of yours to keep sanity flowing and showing mirrors which reflect on both sides of the border.
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                Abhay
                Oct 3, 2016 at 5:57 am
                Even Western countries have stopped trusting the death cult of Muhammad. Everyone knows Muslims have a victim mentality, even in the case of the Gujarat riots, Muslims torched train carts filled with Hindu pilgrims which caused the riot. It's sad that Muslims always leave out these facts about their "religion of peace". They claim the same thing in Israel. Israel is refusing the UN they say and it should therefore have sanctions put on it. Muslims also forget that it's Palestinians that declared war on the Jews going against the UN plan to parion Israel and Palestine. Imagine if India had done the same to stan, we would still be hearing about how India is an international pariah according to every Muslim country.
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                  Haider Ali
                  Oct 3, 2016 at 5:32 am
                  Janab...aap usi democracy ko paane ko taraste ho....aur rahi baat aapke starts ki to aaise Mawaad Khan aur Marili Khan jaise kalakaaron ki hamare yahan koi kami nahi hai....wo Mawaad bolta hai ki Hindustantin logon ka dil chhota hai.....Beta tabhi yahan apni aisi taisi kara rehe they kya ??? You like war lover PM..Good,,,,,,let's try.....ye daur 1947 nahi hai, ki Britain ne Map bana diya aur dukaan khol li.....:D :D
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                    Maulik Thakkar
                    Oct 3, 2016 at 7:34 am
                    Hypocrisy of muslim is they refuse to comment on the demolition of hidnu temples in stan that are being demolished to build malls , they refuse to condemn the rape conversion of hindu girls in paksitan, they refuse to condemnt he murder of sikhs and hindus in stan, they refuse to condemne the forced conversion in paksitan. they refuse to condemn the terrorss roaming freely in the country
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                      Maulik Thakkar
                      Oct 3, 2016 at 7:30 am
                      paksitani stars divert attention from condemning the act with a facebook post lt;br/gt;@subhaschandra
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                        Zahid Haidrani
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 7:27 pm
                        PM Nawaz Sharif is having third turn of government and I have not seen a 'WAR' loving nature from him, however whom you have selected....an established killer of Gujrati Muslims with well established war loving narratives. You have MSN type organizations who are free to threat any person in India and no one has courage to challenge it. We have never claimed to be democratic, but this democratic India......kia mzaq hai
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