Like many of her contemporaries who have become quite popular in India with their shows airing on the channel, Zindagi, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan too wants to touch the right chord with the Indian audience with her show Humsafar that will go on air in October.
Humsafar is a moving story about the trials and tribulations in a married couple’s life and how they overcome them. The show, that was aired almost three years ago in Pakistan on Hum TV, was a huge hit and won quite a few awards. Mahira too won a few best actor awards for the portrayal of her character Khirad.
Reminiscing the days when she shot for the show, Mahira remarks, “It was my first show. It brought me into the limelight and now when I am talking about it, I think, ‘Oh, even this happened’. I feel nostalgic.”
In the series, Mahira stars alongside Fawad Afzal Khan, who is creating quite a stir in the country, with his film, Khoobsurat. Tell the actor about her co-actor’s increasing popularity in India and she laughs as she mentions how Fawad has been telling her about the “organised” way in which the Indian film industry functions.
Does that mean that she too would pursue a career in Bollywood? “Since the Indian film industry is one of the oldest and I have grown up admiring all the movies, especially the classics starring Guru Dutt, I would love to work here. But having said that, I am not in a hurry and am happy with what I am doing,” she says.
After Humsafar, her life has completely changed. “Humsafar was the show that made me popular,” says Mahira, who later received critical acclaim for her next show, Shehr-e-Zaat where she shed her sweet, innocent girl look to don a new avatar, that of a strong-willed woman. “I wish I get the same love from the Indian audience too,” she concludes.