Pakistani actress Mahira Khan is all set to debut opposite none other than Shah Rukh Khan in the 2015 release ‘Raees’. 31 year old Mahira made her debut in Pakistani movie ‘Bol’ in 2011, which turned out to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the country. She has also appeared in a popular TV serial called ‘Neeyat’ but it was her pairing with Fawad Khan in TV serial ‘Humsafar’ (2011) which made her a household name in Pakistan. She was also noticed in India, when the same serial was seen in the Indian channel ‘Zee Zindagi’.
Mahira, whose full name is Mahira Hafeez Khan, was born in Karachi on December 21, 1982. She studied at Foundation Public School (Karachi Board). After doing her 12th, at the age of 17, she went to California to pursue higher studies. She came back to Pakistan and began to get modeling offers. Mahira started her career as a host in MTV Most Wanted in 2008 which was followed in the same year with the show ‘Weekends with Mahira’. The actress is married to Ali Askari, whom she met while studying in college in Los Angeles in 2007.
Mahira did her first job as a cashier in Los Angeles where she worked for a company called Rite Aid. There she did menial jobs like mop the floors, clean toilets, run the store and was also the last employee to the shut shop. She met her beau Ali Aksari at Indus TV studios. They fell in love and married on July 13, 2007. The couple have two children, a son and a daughter.
Mahira says that she is quite selective with film projects as she likes to spend time with her children too. Director Rahul Dholakia’s Raees can turn out to be a dream debut for the pretty actress. The director believes that Mahira is the perfect choice to play the role because she plays the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s wife and the story is based in a Muslim ghetto of Gujarat. The movie that is set to go on floors from February 2015 is all set to be wrapped up by June in the same year, and head for a Diwali release.
Mahira Khan – husband and children (pictures)
Mahira Khan – Pictures