Mahira Khan is indeed a Superstar. She has earned stardom through her powerful roles in drama serials and films within and outside the country. Mahira is one of the few actresses who got the opportunity to work in India and that too with Shahrukh Khan, the legend of legends.
When it comes to legends, Firdous Jamal is an undisputed living icon of the showbiz world. He should be seen not as an actor but as an institution. Being a superstar or a legend, you have an extra responsibility to live up to that stature. The war of words between Firdous Jamal and Mahira Khan is uncalled for to say the least.
Firdous Jamal recently appeared in a morning show hosted by Faysal Qureshi. Talking about Mahira Khan, Firdous Jamal said “Mahira is overaged, actresses of her age usually play the role of mothers and not the main heroine”. It was a bit harsh to talk like that for a colleague who is half your age.
Firdous Jamal could have said it differently, but on the other hand Mahira should also not have reacted the way she did. The only answer a performing artist could give to his/her critics is through the quality of work. Verbal conflicts take you nowhere as an artist.
Mahira Khan may not be a versatile actress, but she has been persistently consistent and has worked really hard to get to a position where few showbiz personalities reach. The Humsafar famed star enjoyed a successful career as a model. She also got lucky when she tried her hand at hosting. Mahira became a household name when she became an actress.
Mahira’s Superstar is a romantic musical scheduled to be released on August 12 on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. Alongside Mahira, the cast of Superstar includes Bilal Ashraf, Alizeh Shah, Nadeem Baig, Jawed Sheikh, Marina Khan, Asma Abbas, Ali Kazmi and others.
Pakistan showbiz world is a small community. Artists should do constructive criticism on one other and at the same time they should also have the big heart to take even harsher comments and feedback from critics. Both Mahira Khan and Firdous Jamal are respectful artists. They should not stoop so low to compromise the grandeur of their stardom.