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Mahira Khan
Native name ماہرہ حفیظ خان
Born Māhirah Ḥafīz̤ Ḵẖān
(1984-12-21) 21 December 1984 (age 30)
Karachi, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress, VJ
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Ali Askari (m. 2007)
Children 1

Mahira Khan (born as Mahira Hafeez Khan; 21 December 1984) is a Pakistani actress and former VJ.[1][2][3][4] 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.[3][5][6]

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 the romantic film Bin Roye. She played a leading role in the Pakistani dramas Humsafar (2012), Shehr-e-Zaat (2012) and Sadqay Tumhare (2014).[2][7][8][9]


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.

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".[10] NDTV Movies described Khan as "Mahira and Atif is in love with each other was terribly tragic consequence". 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."[11] Khan went on to nominate for Lux Style Award for Best Actress.[12][13][14]

In the 2011, she appeared in television program Humsafar, for which she received positive reviews.[15][16] 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,[17] so that she can spend time with her son.[3]

She began shooting for Asim Raza's upcoming film Ho Mann Jahaan 2014.[18] Khan appears in Raees an upcoming Indian crime film directed by Rahul Dholakia.[19]

Personal life

Khan is married to Ali Askari, who had attended college with her in Los Angeles. The ceremony took place on 13 July 2007.[20]


Films that are in production Denotes films that are in production
Year Film Role Notes
2011 Bol Ayesha
2015 Bin Roye Saba Shafiq [21]
Scheduled for 2015 Ho Mann JahaanFilms that have not yet been released Manizeh [22]


See also


  1. ^ "Mahira Khan: 7 things to know about Humsafar’s pretty Khirad Hussain". 
  2. ^ a b "‘Humsafar made me popular’ - The Indian Express". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "In conversation with ‘Humsafar’ couple – Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan - The Indian Express". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "From Karachi to New York: Here's what Mahira wore to Bin Roye premieres". 
  5. ^ "Mahira Khan: the unusual, shining star". The News on Sunday. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Zoya Anwer. "I'm as nervous about 'Sadqay Tumhare' as I was for my first drama: Mahira Khan". Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mahira Khan Excited About Rumored Screening of Humsafar in India". Pakistan Tribune. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mahira Khan to romance Fawad Khan in Zindagi’s ‘Humsafar’". Zee News. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Fawad Khan to Work with Mahira Again?". India West. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Want to work with Vishal Bhardwaj, Mani Ratnam: Humsafar actress Mahira Khan". The Indian Express. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mahira Khan joins Govinda, Ali Zafar and Ranveer at Kill Dil's launch celebrations". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Beauty with brains". The Express Tribune. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  16. ^ "The next big thing". Dawn. Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  17. ^ "Mahira the Unusual Shining Star". 
  18. ^ "Mahira Khan to appear in two films". 13 October 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Shoot of Shah Rukh Khan-Mahira Khan starrer 'Raees' begins!". Daily News and Analysis. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "The real Mahira!". The Express Tribune (Anam Mansuri). Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  21. ^ Ansari, Hasan. "Mahira Khan soon to mesmerise in Bin Roye". Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Mahira plays quirky urban girl in upcoming Sheharyar Munawer venture". (Anum Rahman). Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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