Pakistan Reacts As Mahira Khan Returns to Indian Screens

Here is all you need to know about Mahira Khan’s upcoming Indian project.

Mahira Khan

Despite the Federal of Western Indian Cine Employees’ (FWICE) iron ban on Pakistani artists in India, the body cannot regulate television. That explains how Pakistani dramas returned to Zee Zindagi and new series emerged on their digital streaming platform Zee5. As Mahira Khan returns to the Indian screens, Pakistanis have mixed reactions.

Zee Network’s Zee Theatre has just announced a series with Pakistani superstar Mahira Khan. Created by Sarmad Khoosat, Yaar Julahay is a series of dramatic readings of the works of legendary Urdu writers.


Pakistani Dramas Are Coming Back to Zee Zindagi

Spread across 12 episodes, the series will open with Mahira Khan reading Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi’s classic story, ‘Guriya’ on May 15, 2021.

Other artists included in the project include Fawad Khan, Sarwat Gillani, Sania Saeed, Yasra Rizvi, Nimra Bucha, Faysal Quraishi, and Saniya Mumtaz

As well as the Khoosat fam’s Kanwal Khoosal, Irfan Khoosat, and Sarmad Khoosat.



While it’s great to see how people willing to work with Pakistani artists have found a way around the Indian ban on Pakistani artists, Pakistanis are not appeased.

People react to Pakistani artist returning to Indian screens

Pakistanis are irked by the decision of Mahira Khan and other artists as they recall when Indian production houses canceled all their contracts because of tension on the borders. They made jibes on how actors are doing it for the money and how #PakistanStandsWithIndia paid off.

Pakistani Netizens react adversely

Some even went as far as to say, Mahira has no self-respect as she has returned to Indian screens.

Mahira Khan


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Others are supportive and can’t wait to see their artists in cross-border projects.

Mahira Khan

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How do you feel about Pakistani artists returning to Indian platforms? Is it good to see our artists getting the opportunity to expand their outreach again? Or do you agree with all the critics? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.


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  1. It does not seem like an Indian project, as mentioned above, all actors and director are Pakistani. I don’t know but I feel it must be working here in Pakistan. If it is going to go on air from some international platform, I count it as an achievement. We all have watched all kinds of Indian dramas, films and all their reality and non realty shows all along with heart and soul. Now we are criticising an elite group of actual artists who always work beyond measures. Urdu is only spoken in these two countries which were one once. we share the same culture and history so please don’t act like maniac get chill.

  2. Great!! Hope that tension between Pakistan n India resolves
    Goodluck Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan n all other actors keep up the good work 🥰🥰anxiously waiting love you all

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