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|Native name||ماہرہ حفیظ خان|
|Born||Māhirah Ḥafīz̤ Ḵẖān
21 December 1984
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Spouse(s)||Ali Askari (m. 2007)|
Mahira Khan (born as Mahira Hafeez Khan; 21 December 1984) is a Pakistani actress and former VJ. Noted for playing a variety of characters in a range of film genre and serials-from contemporary social to romantic dramas—Khan has received two Lux Style Awards. Through her career, Khan has become one of Pakistan's highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular and high-profile celebrities in Pakistan.
Khan made her screen debut with a supporting role in the 2011 social drama Bol, which rank among sixth highest-grossing Pakistani film of all the time. Her performance in the film garnered critical appreciation and earned her the Lux Style Award for Best Film Actress nomination. In 2014, She featured in critically and commercially successful romantic film Bin Roye, and was particularly praised for her performance. She became a household name for her leading roles in the most watched Pakistani dramas of all the time which includes, Humsafar (2012), Shehr-e-Zaat (2012) and Sadqay Tumhare (2014).
Khan began her career as a VJ when she was 16 years old. Khan hosted the live show Most Wanted three days a week on MTV Pakistan, and she then hosted Weekends with Mahira on Aag TV. In 2013, she hosted 1st Hum Awards with Mikaal Zulfiqar.
Khan participated in the opening of PFDC-The Boulevard for Pakistani designer wear in India. She has walked the ramp for fashion designer Deepak Perwani. Since then she has appeared in fashion shows for numerous designers.
In 2011, Khan made her film debut with Bol directed by Shoaib Mansoor, produced by Shamoon Abbasi, which was the first highest-grossing Pakistani film of all time. Khan played the role of (Ayesha, a feisty tomboy) who is harassed by her father and marries a Shia Muslim boy without telling her father.
The movie earned her unanimous critical appreciation and recognition. Taran Adarsh said, "Mahira don't get much scope and she is strictly okay, her screen space is limited to a few sequence and two songs". NDTV Movies described Khan as "Mahira and Atif is in love with each other was terribly tragic consequence". Galaxy Lollywood observed, "Mahira and Atif were not required at all. By the end of the film it was obvious that they had been used for the youth factor and they did not had to do other than dance and sing." Komal Nahta of Koimoi added that "Mahira and Humaima played the role of girls who wants to lead a life of respect and honor, who were born in an orthodox family, which is undoubtedly the best." Khan went on to nominate for Lux Style Award for Best Actress.
In the 2011, She appeared in television program Humsafar, for which she received positive reviews. Humsafar was also telecased in India Khan states that she is selective with her work and reviews a script closely before deciding to accept, regardless of whether the project is in Pakistan or outside of the country, so that she can spend time with her son.
|Denotes films that are in production|
|2015||Bin Roye||Saba Shafiq|||
|2016||Ho Mann Jahaan||Manizeh|||