Mahira Khan Wiki, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Mahira Khan

Mahira Khan (Mahira Hafeez Khan) is a Pakistani actress who primarily works in Lollywood films and television shows. Mahira Khan is well known for playing the lead role of Khirad Ashar Hussain in the Pakistani drama ‘Humsafar’ opposite Fawad Khan.

Wiki/Biography

Mahira Khan was born on Friday, 21 December 1984 (age 37 years; as of 2021) in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius. Mahira completed her schooling at Foundation Public School in Karachi.

Picture of Mahira Khan in her hometown

Picture of Mahira Khan in her hometown

At the age of 17, Mahira moved to California and got herself enrolled at Santa Monica College. Later, to pursue a bachelor’s degree, she attended the University of Southern California. Mahira couldn’t complete her graduation as she got an offer to host a show on MTV. In 2008, she returned to Pakistan.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 7″

Weight (approx.): 55 kg

Hair Colour: Brown

Eye Colour: Brown

Figure Measurements (approx.): 34-26-34

Mahira

 

Family

Mahira Khan belongs to a Muslim family.

Parents & Siblings

Mahira’s father’s name is Hafeez Khan. He was born in Delhi but later migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India.

Picture of Mahira Khan's father

Picture of Mahira Khan’s father

Childhood picture of Mahira Khan with her father

Childhood picture of Mahira Khan with her father

Picture of Mahira Khan's mother

Picture of Mahira Khan’s mother

She has a younger brother, Hassaan Khan, who is a journalist.

Childhood picture of Mahira Khan with her brother, Hassan

Childhood picture of Mahira Khan with her brother, Hassan

Her maternal grandmother’s name is Razia Khannum.

A glimpse of Mahira Khan's maternal grandmother

A glimpse of Mahira Khan’s maternal grandmother

Husband & Children

On 13 July 2007, Mahira got married to Ali Askari in a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony.

Wedding picture of Mahira Khan and Ali Askari

Wedding picture of Mahira Khan and Ali Askari

They met in 2006 in Los Angles. After 8 years of marriage, the couple got separated in 2015. The couple has a son named Azlan, who was born in 2014.

Mahira Khan with her son, Azlan

Mahira Khan with her son, Azlan

Relationships/Affairs

Reportedly, Mahira Khan is in a relationship with Salim Karim, the CEO of Simpaisa, a Pakistani startup. It is rumoured that they both got secretly engaged in Turkey.

Mahira Khan with her boyfriend, Salim Karim

Mahira Khan with her boyfriend, Salim Karim

In 2018, there were rumours of a link-up between Mahira Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. They met at the Global Teacher Prize ceremony in Dubai. The rumours of Ranbir Kapoor dating Mahira Khan got stronger when a photo went viral in which both were spotted smoking in New York City. Mahira was heavily criticized for wearing a backless dress and smoking publicly.

A viral Picture of Mahira Khan smoking with Ranbir Kapoor at New York city

A Viral Picture of Mahira Khan smoking with Ranbir Kapoor in New York City

Later, Mahira denied any relationship with Ranbir Kapoor. [1]The Times of India In an interview, when she was asked about her relationship with Ranbir, she denied it and said,

“No, actually. No, I have been, I was. Now, I realise that love is peace. Love is when you are with somebody and it’s okay and you don’t have to talk. Their presence is important”. [2]India TV

Career

Video Jockey

In 2006, Mahira Khan started her career as a video jockey (VJ) with the Pakistani show MTV’s ‘Most Wanted.’

Poster of Mahira Khan's television show Most Wanted

Poster of Mahira Khan’s televison show Most Wanted

She also appeared as a host on TV shows like Lux Style Awards, Weekends with Mahira, and TUC: The Lighter Side of Life. In an interview, she said,

It was when I became a VJ that I realised how much I enjoyed interacting with people, sharing their experiences, and playing the music they wanted. “Being a VJ was a completely new experience and it was all about figuring it out”.

Film

In 2011, Mahira Khan made her film debut with the film Bol in which she played the role of Ayesha Khan alongside Atif Aslam.

Mahira Khan in a still from her debut film Bol

Mahira Khan in a still from her debut film Bol

In 2015, she starred in her next film Bin Roye in which she played the role of Saba Shafiq. Mahira received four ‘Best Actress Awards’ at different award functions for her role in the film. In 2015, she played the supporting role of Madaran in the film Manto. In 2016, she played the leading role of Manizeh in the film Ho Mann Jahaan. In 2017, Mahira made her Bollywood debut with the crime thriller film Raees, starring Shah Rukh Khan.

Mahira Khan in a still from her Bollywood debut movie Raees

Mahira Khan in a still from her Bollywood debut movie Raees

She also appeared in the social drama film Verna in which she played the role of a rape victim, Sara. In 2019, Mahira played the leading role of Noor in the film Superstar.

Television

Mahira Khan made her television debut in 2011 with the show Neeyat in which she played the role of Aalia. She shot to fame when she appeared as Khirad Ashar Hussain in the show Humsafar alongside Fawad Khan on India’s Zee Zindagi.

Mahira, in a still from her show, Humsafar

Mahira, in a still from her show, Humsafar

In 2013, she played the role of Falak in the show Shehr-e-Zaat. In 2014, Mahira starred in the drama serial Sadqay Tumhare in which she played the role of Shano. In 2021, she appeared in a drama series Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay in which she played the role of Mehreen Mansoor.

Commercials

Mahira Khan has featured in commercial advertisements for various brands like Samsung, Oppo, Slice, Coca-Cola, Lux, Veet, Loreal Paris, Aquafina TCL, Lays, Nescafe, and many others.

 

Controversies

Halloween party picture with Shiv Sena Worker

In 2015, Mahira Khan, at a Halloween party, posed for a picture with a person dressed up as a Shiv Sena worker. In the photo, the man dressed up as a Shiv Sena worker was seen holding a poster which read ‘Mahira ko Bahar Nikalo.’ Later, Mahira posted a tweet and apologized for the same. [3]Hindustan Times

Mahira Khan posing for a picture with a person dressed up as a Shiv Sena worker

Mahira Khan posing for a picture with a person dressed up as a Shiv Sena worker

Ban On Pakistani Actors

After the Uri attack in 2016, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and The Film Producers Guild of India decided to ban all Pakistani actors, actresses, and technicians from working in Bollywood. Hence, Mahira was not allowed to promote her film Raees in India. Shah Rukh Khan, her co-actor, made a statement that she would not be allowed to promote the film in India.

Awards

  • 2013: Satellite Best TV Actress for Humsafar at 12th LUX Style Awards
  • 2013: Best Actress (Drama) for Shehr-e-Zaat at Pakistan Media Awards
  • 2013: Best Actress (Drama) for Shehr-e-Zaat and Best Onscreen Couple (Drama) along with Fawad Khan for Humsafar at Hum Awards

    Mahira Khan, with her award for Best Actress

    Mahira Khan, with her award for Best Actress

  • 2014: Best Actress (Drama) for Shehr-e-Zaat at Pakistani Media Awards
  • 2015: Best Actress Popular and Best Onscreen Couple (Drama) for Sadqay Tumhare at Hum Awards
  • 2016: Best Actress (Film) for Bin Roye and Best TV Actress for Sadqay Tumhare at the 12th LUX Style Awards
  • 2016: Best Actress Popular (Drama) for Bin Roye at Hum Awards
  • 2016: Vogue Face to Watch Out For Award at Vogue Beauty Awards in India
  • 2017: Best Actress (Film) for Ho Mann Jahaan at LUX Style Awards
  • 2018: Best Actress (Film) for Verna at LUX Style Awards
  • 2018: Contribution to Film and Activism Award at 20th annual UK Asian Film Festival, London
  • 2019: Awarded with a trophy for recognition in the film industry at Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards (DIAFA)

    Mahira Khan at Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards (DIAFA)

    Mahira Khan at Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards (DIAFA)

Favourites

  • Food: French fries
  • Holiday Destination: The Netherlands
  • Colour: White

Facts/Trivia

  • Mahira also goes by the name Mazdoor Khan, Mahiru, and Gangu.
  • To meet up her expenses in the United States, Mahira took up several odd jobs and worked two jobs simultaneously.
  • She has been appointed as the Brand Ambassador of the British Asian Trust to support their work across South Asia.

    Mahira Khan shared a post on Instagram where she was announced British Asian Trust Ambassador

    Mahira Khan shared a post on Instagram where she was announced British Asian Trust Ambassador

  • In 2012, Mahira was recognized as the Most Beautiful Woman in Pakistan.
  • Mahira is recognized as the highest-paid actress in Pakistan.
  • Mahira has been featured on a few covers of magazines like Vogue Beauty, Hello, and Gracia

    Mahira Khan on the magazine cover of Grazia

    Mahira Khan on the magazine cover of Grazia

  • In 2015, Mahira was ranked 10th in the ‘Sexiest Asian Women’ poll by the British newspaper Eastern Eye.
  • She is recognized as the Sexiest Pakistani Woman of 2015.
  • Mahira Khan is the first Pakistani actress to debut on the Cannes Red Carpet in 2018.

    Mahira Khan debut at Cannes 2018

    Mahira Khan’s debut at Cannes 2018

  • In 2019, Mahira Khan was appointed National Goodwill Ambassador for The UN Refugee Agency.

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