Mahira Khan is Not Playing Meena Kumari in Indian Movie Pakeezah’s Remake

Many prominent names are in consideration for the upcoming project.

After the news of Sajal Aly appearing in the remake of the classical series Umrao Jaan-e-Ada went viral all over the internet, another superstar, Mahira Khan, is rumored to spread her magic in the remake of the 70s’ cult classic film, Pakeezah.

Mahira Khan will fill the shoes of Meena Kumari in a Pakistani remake of the 1972 blockbuster, Pakeezah. The film is all set to be produced by Hamid Hussain and his UAE-based production house, Action Consultancy is bank-rolling the project.

Sources close to the production team have confirmed that Mahira Khan will be essaying the role of Kumari, an Indian actress, and poet popularly known as the Tragedy Queen. Apart from her, many prominent names are in consideration for the upcoming project.

Pakeezah is one of the most popular projects which took 14 years of dedication. It was considered one of the most expensive films to have been made in the 70s. The project was made on a budget of between INR12.5 million (US$160,000) to INR15 million (US$190,000) and was released on 4 February 1972.

Nevertheless, it was the highest-grossing Indian film of the year, collecting INR60 million (US$750,000) after a theatrical run of over 50 weeks. Trade analysts said its popularity might have been caused by Kumari’s death a month after its release.

It has now been confirmed that Mahira Khan is not playing the role.

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  1. I think of Saba Qamar for this huge undertaking, Mahira may not be able to carry out . She had this karisma during “Hamsafer” .. it has either vanished or she is not sure about her self .. Saba can/ will / does out shine numbers of good actors!! ..