Mehar Bano is a Pakistani film and television actress. She is known for performance in Daagh, Mor Mohal, Balaa, Mere Paas Tum Ho, and Churails.
Mehar Bano was born on Wednesday, 13 April 1994 (age 28 years; as of 2021) in Lahore, Pakistan. Her zodiac sign is Aries. Mehar Bano went to Lahore Grammer School for her primary and secondary education. She earned a graduate degree in Film and TV education from the National College of Arts (NCA), Rawalpindi. Mehar developed an interest in acting at a very young age and wanted to become an actress since childhood. She joined a theatre group during her school days and performed in several dramas and theatre plays.
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Weight (approx.): 55 Kg
Figure Measurements (approx.):34-27-34
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Mehar Bano was born in a middle-class family in Lahore, Pakistan. Her father’s name is Qaisar Ullah Khan. He works as a Chief Executive Officer at Indigo Entertainment. Her mother is a homemaker. Mehar Bano has a younger sister whose name is Maham Bano.
Mehar Bano made her acting debut with ARY Television Network’s drama serial ‘Daagh’ in 2012. Mehar played the character of Umama in the drama series and received huge popularity for it. She also earned a nomination at the Lux Style Awards for Best Television Actress after delivering such a brilliant performance. Soon after becoming a household name in Pakistan with her debut serial, Mehar disappeared from the entertainment industry for more than 4 years. According to Mehar, she followed her fathers’ advice to focus on her education at that early stage of life and focus on her acting career later. In an interview, she said,
I entered the industry with a television show when I was simultaneously completing my A levels. The show went on to be nominated for the Oscars and my father didn’t want me to fall prey to vanity and was very particular about me getting educated before I pursue a full-fledged career in the entertainment industry. I took a break immediately and didn’t get to enjoy fame, I ideally should have. I got everyone to delete my accounts and the content about me on the internet. I went to college and returned to the industry. It wasn’t a struggle for me because I never took it to my head at all.”
While completing her higher education, Mehar Bano became part of a sitcom called ‘Miss Fire,’ aired on Geo Entertainment in 2013. In 2014, She also appeared in a short drama series ‘Uff Yeh Mohabbat’ directed by Amin Ali.
Mehar Bano made a comeback on television screens in 2016 with ‘Mor Mahal,’ a Pakistani historical fiction television fantasy serial directed by Sarmad Khoosat, aired on Geo TV. Mehar played the character of Mehar opposite Umair Jaswal, Meesha Shafi Hina Khawaja Bayat, Sania Saeed, and Fiza Ali.
‘Balaa’ proved to be a breakthrough for Mehar’s acting career. ‘Balaa’ is a thriller television series aired on ARY Digital which featured Mehar in the character of Batool. Mehar received one of her best performances in the drama and became a household name with her character. Thereafter, Mehar became part of many popular television shows including ‘Mere Paas Tum Ho,’ ‘Ghalati,’ and ‘Khuda Aur Muhabbat 3.’
Mehar Bano made her acting debut in a film with Adnan Sarwar written and directed biographical adventure drama film ‘Motorcycle Girl,’ released on 20 April 2018. The film is based on the life of motorcyclist Zenith Irfan and Mehar played the character of Zenith’s best friend in the film.
In 2020, Mehar Bano made her debut to the world of web series with ZEE5 exclusive Pakistani drama web series ‘Churails.’ The series features Sarwat Gilani, Mehar Bano, Nimra Bucha, and Yasra Rizvi in the lead roles portraying four young, independent, and empowered women who group together as detectives whose mission it is to expose the city’s unfaithful, elite husbands. Mehar Bano played the character of Zubaida, a young boxer seeking independence and love. Mehar Bano and all other cast and crew members began facing criticism soon after the treasure of the web series went on air in Pakistan. According to a section of society, ‘Churails’ presented women in a way that is not accepted by Pakistani society and culture. Social media accounts of the leading ladies of the Churails faced huge backlash resulting in which the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned the streaming of the web series in Pakistan. Finding no other solution, Mo Azmi, Shailja Kejriwal, and Asim Abbasi, the producers of the web series, decided to partner with ZEE5, an Indian streaming platform, and release it worldwide. ‘Churails’ started streaming online from 11th August 2020 and received huge appreciation for it but still a fraction of the audience didn’t approve the content and made it controversial. Responding to the criticism faced after the streaming of ‘Churails’ on Zee5, Mehar Bano said,
I believe streaming platforms have given the liberty to portray women and their concerns in a different light. The advent of streaming platforms has allowed women to express themselves better and to be represented better on a global platform, as opposed to what we are conventionally used to seeing on South Asian television. Television hasn’t done justice in portraying reality as is, restricting them to be onedimensional characters, more like how the men in South Asia want them to be seen. They are seen as subservient, subjugated lot. They’re either extremely generous and cruelly evil. It has been very detrimental to how women are viewed in this part of society. Streaming platforms like ZEE5 have come up with content where the portrayal of women has been progressive and has got to mirror their real problems. For an actor, it’s a dream come true; women are being portrayed just the way they have always wanted it to be.”
Mehar Bano is known for her bold and outspoken personality. She is often dragged into controversies for supporting the LGBT community which is considered to be not culturally acceptable by the Muslim Community in Pakistan.
Slogan ‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi’
In March 2020, Mehar Bano went ahead to support Aurat March and Homosexuality. Aurat March is an annually-held socio-political demonstration, organized in Pakistani cities to observe International Women’s Day. Mehar Bano she captured holding placards with slogan ‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi’ in the relly which led to huge backlash for the actress. Her social media accounts were flooded with brutal comments, responding to which Mehar Bano posted an Instagram post explaining the meaning of the slogan to the general public.
In 2021, a video of Mehar Bano supporting ‘homosexuality’ during Aurat March surfaced all over the Internet. She stated that she finds nothing wrong if two same genders fall in love with each other. Two men can be partners and I don’t mind gays living together and having a relationship. Pakistani community badly criticised Mehar for her statement, resulting in which her Instagram account was also banned.
Awards & Honours
Mehar Bano received the nomination at the Lux Style Awards for Best Television Actress 2012 for her debut television series ‘Daagh.’
- Food: Pizza
- Travel Destination: Malibu in California
- Mehar Bano is a trained swimmer. She represented her school at various state-level swimming tournaments.
- Her hobbies include dancing and singing. Mehar often posts her short dance clips on her social media accounts.
- Mehar is an avid animal lover. She has a pet dog and a cat at her home.
- Mehar was featured on the Top 100 trailblazer list 2020.