Every film I'm doing is going into the Bermuda Triangle, says Mahira Khan on her upcoming movies
For Mahira Khan Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay was just the beginning of what's yet to come. She still has many big screen projects that still don't have a release date. The star just opened up about her films Neelofar and The Legend of Maula Jatt not making it to the big screen yet and the public pressure that comes with her characters, films or even shows.
On May 3, Khan told BBC Asian Network that any film she does is going "into the Bermuda Triangle" and that she has no confirmation about their release dates. While her shift and focus has been the silver screen, her drama starring Kubra Khan and Usman Mukhtar was a way of branching out to try different things in order to keep going during Covid.
"Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay was like, I'm going to go and just work because I was like what's happening? Films weren't happening. I'm actually craving, I want to see all of us on the big screen again and my film Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad releases on Bakra Eid, so next Eid. For Neelofar you'll have to ask Mr (Fawad) Khan, the producer and as for The Legend of Maula Jatt, let's not even go there," she said.
Khan also spoke about how she has to prove herself in every single one of her projects. "What happens is every time I do something, before it's coming out, they're like 'ah what will she do' and luckily when it does come out they're like like 'oh acha' and literally right after it's done, the pressure is back again. I've now started to take it positively. I'm actually done, and don't want to do anything for other people or to prove to anybody else that this is what I'm capable of," she said.
Khan, 37, also mentioned that she is ready to take on any role that "feeds" her soul and that she's not going to on set until that happens. The Raees star said that her telefilm Aik Hai Nigar was just that for her. "I used to hardly sleep because producer, actor, that's tough, like ye hogaya us ke paise, iske paise [this happened, his money, their money] I'm not used to of that. I actually sympathise with producers now. It's not easy, you're handling like 50 people. You start to understand what your gaffer is feeling, your DoP is feeling, the spot boy, so it makes you understand things better. I would sleep at three and wake up at five, it was nuts. Nigar was crazy but so good, " Khan said.
Looking back at the last year and her achievements, Khan celebrated a milestone as an actor who has been in the industry for about 10 years but also her hit projects Humsafar and her film Bol that turned 10 last year. Looking back at her achievements, Khan told the host that she looks at these milestones "fondly" and and that she's blessed because she has worked with people that she never thought she'd get to work with.
"I didn't know what I was getting into, I didn't know names, I didn't know the people or actors. I only knew the old sort of 80s, the Tanhaiyaan time, so just the fact that I got to work with Shoaib Mansoor, Sarmad Khoosat and Asim Raza and all I ever wanted was to be in a film with Shah Rukh Khan and I did that. But there have been so many ups and so much of love and success but also such big downs, some failures, some hard times and I just feel like it's just a beautiful magical journey but maybe I'm romanticising it but I love to do that," she said.
Khan also appreciated her fans and followers who have been on this journey with her and showered her with love and appreciation throughout. "I'm very lucky and I look back at it with a smile on my face," she concluded.
While many of her films and TV shows are slated for the upcoming years, Khan has a plan for the next 10 years which includes making movies and being able to direct them. But what's in her plan is to take over the Oscars stage, make a film that makes it to Cannes, earn a BAFTA and a duet with Grammy winner Arooj Aftab.