Mahira Khan is one of the most celebrated actresses of Pakistan. She has represented Pakistan globally on platforms like Cannes Film Festival, UNICEF and BBC. Mahira Khan’s stardom is unparalleled by most of her contemporaries. The dove eyed beauty gained fame through her popular drama ‘Humsafar’ and since then there is no looking back. However, Mahira Khan has often been surrounded by controversies that come both from her personal and professional life. She was recently criticized by the veteran actor Firdous Jamal in a TV show for her acting skills and growing age. The actor believed Mahira Khan was not fit to be a heroine.
Firdous Jamal’s comments were both supported and opposed by many. While Mahira Khan’s critics believed the actor was justified in his criticism, her supporters considered it a sexist and misogynist perception that only wants to see women on screen when they are below a certain age. Traditionally heroes from all age groups have been working in the industry while heroines have been expected not to cross certain age and looks standards. Many celebrities also came out in the support of Mahira Khan calling out Firdous Jamal’s comments publicly.
Extremely disappointed and strongly condemn Firdous Jamal’s comment regarding Mahira Khan. Whatever his point of view is, there’s absolutely no justification for such rude remarks for a colleague publicly & on television. Mahira is extremely hardworking and honest to her craft...— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) July 27, 2019
Allah has blessed Mahira with so much talent and fame, who are we to negate it?— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) July 29, 2019
Let’s focus on spreading love :) and fixing each other’s crown rather than breaking it.
I wish Mahira all the best for her upcoming film. pic.twitter.com/kuBjFveWiI
Massive eyeroll at people taking potshots at Mahira Khan for airing their own toxic views. She never does this. Never attacks people this way. And yet she’s always in the line of fire, always attacked by people in the industry. What a shameful attitude by some stars. https://t.co/n5BGjKITo2— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) July 26, 2019
I am really appalled that senior and respectable persons like #Firdousjamal sahab still think that a woman has a heroine by date....till when will we continue on this repressive path and pull peers down. @TheMahiraKhan is a star in every sense of the word like her or hate her. pic.twitter.com/fZTEBUgJDj— FK (@faisalkapadia) July 26, 2019
Im constantly amazed at the randomness of certain attacks Sometimes I want to remind people: Call it Luck , kismet or Allah ki takseem This is #Mahirakhan ‘s portion hasad na kar mehnat kar You will get yours https://t.co/CzAxgptJn5— Sadaf Says (@tomtomatoe) July 26, 2019
Recently a statement has been made by Hamza Firdous, a young actor, who also happens to be the son of Firdous Jamal. According to Hamza, his opinion differs from that of his father.
Hamza believed that Mahira Khan is an admirable actress who has represented Pakistan globally. Hamza said that the difference of opinion should be celebrated. However, Hamza also quoted the 45 years’ contribution of his father Firdous Jamal towards the Pakistani showbiz industry. Hamza clarified that if his father was misogynist he would not have appreciated actresses like Sania Saeed, Saba Qamar and Mehwish Hayat in the same show.