Mahira Hafeez Khan (pronounced [maɦiːraː hafiːz kʰan]; born 21 December 1984) is a Pakistani actress. She appears in Lollywood films and Pakistani television serials. Khan is one of the Pakistan's most popular and highest-paid actresses, and the recipient of several awards, including three Lux Style Awards and five Hum Awards.
Born in Karachi, Khan started her career as a VJ in 2006. She made her screen debut opposite Atif Aslam in the hit romance Bol (2011), which earned a Lux Style Award for Best Actress (film) nomination. Khan rose to prominence with starring roles in Humsafar which earned her a Lux Style Award for Satellite Best TV Actress and Hum Award for Best Onscreen Couple.
Khan attended the Foundation Public School in Karachi from where she did her O-levels at age 16. At the age of 17, Khan moved to California, United State for the higher education. She attended Saint Monica College in Los Angeles. She then enrolled in the University of Southern California for her Bachelor’s Degree. However she did not complete her degree and returned to Pakistan in 2008. During her studies in United States, Khan was a cashier at a Rite Aid store in Los Angeles and used to mop floors, clean toilets, run the till and shut the store at night.
She next appeared in the drama television series Humsafar which marked Khan's debut in the world of television. Following Humsafar, Khan became an overnight star and a household name as the drama serial established her as a leading actress of Pakistan. The drama series was also aired on Zindagi (TV channel) and was successful in India.
In early 2017, Khan co-starred in Rahul Dholakia's Indian film Raees, which was her debut in the Hindi Film Industry. Before the release of film, 'Indian Motion Picture Producers Association' (IMPPA) and 'The Film Producers Guild of India' decided to ban all Pakistani actors, actresses and technicians working in India due to the tensions created after 2016 Uri terror attack, till the situation gets normal. Reportedly, there was rumours that Khan's scenes would be deleted from the film or she would be replaced by some other actress.Shah Rukh Khan, the co-producer of the film, said that Mahira would not be allowed to promote the film in India. Khan repeatedly received threats from Shiv Sena, a far-right Indian political party. Despite of facing many controversies, the film released in January 2017.
She has a younger brother, Hasaan Khan who is a journalist by profession.
Khan met her to-be husband Ali Askari in 2006 in Los Angeles. Some media reports say that she met him at Indus TV studios. She married Askari in 2007 in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony despite Khan's father being against this marriage.
The couple divorced in 2015. Khan has a son with Ali Askari who was born in 2014.
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Khan is considered one of the Pakistan's most popular and highest-paid actresses. She has received several awards.
In 2012, Khan was named as the Most Beautiful Woman in Pakistan.