A Pakistani Siren in Bollywood

Meera, a brilliant Pakistani film actress associated with Bollywood for sometimes now, was on short visit in New York in connection with a charitable hospital that she is setting up in Pakistan. In New York, accompanied by her United States’ Attorney, Anand Ahuja, she attended some press conferences and community events. At the blood donation and bone marrow donation camp organized by the INOC (I) Tamil Nadu Chapter, on Saturday, December 07, 2017 in Hicksville, NY, Meera stopped by as a guest of Attorney Anand Ahuja. Addressing the gathering in Hicksville, Meera emphasized on the community service and importance of camps such as blood donation and bone marrow. She also spoke about her own charitable works in Pakistan.

Later in the evening, while addressing at a press conference in Jackson Heights, she reiterated the importance of charitable works particularly in the field of health care. On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Meera addressed Desi media at Attorney Anand Abuja’s office. In response to a TV’s reporter’s question, she gave some details about her upcoming Bollywood movie “Bhaddas” which is releasing in the 3rd week of December 10, 2013. “Bhaddas is a Bollywood’s murder mystery movie inspired by Hollywood flick Basic Instincts”, said Meera while addressing media at Attorney Ahuja’s office.

Further responding to media, she said, “Of course there are some bold scenes in Bhadaas. It’s inspired by Hollywood, does not have songs like other Bollywood movies, out and out on Hollywood pattern, and naturally with some bold scenes”. She was excited to inform the media that next Bollywood movie signed by her is with Akshay Kumar. Meera, as the first Pakistani actress to be seen in India after a very long gap, did her first movie in India, named Nazar about 8 years back. Nazar was a film directed by Soni Razdan and it was the first Indo-Pakistani joint movie venture in 50 years.

The film introduced Pakistani actress Meera to Bollywood and it also featured a kissing scene. She became the target of many conservatives for doing a kissing scene with her Indian co-star. Her second movie was Kasak starring Lucky Ali. Her third film Paanch Ghantey Mien Paanch Crore managed a decent opening with its limited cinema release. However, The Times of India listed the film in Bollywood’s Top 10 Bold Film category of 2012. Born and raised in Lahore, Punjab, she studied at the Kinnaird College and started her modeling career in television in 1995. She briefly modeled for various multi-international companies, including Pepsi and LUX which helped her to come to national prominence.

She made her first motion picture debut in 1995, but she earned nationwide critical in 1999 for her leading performance in Khilona, which was released in 1999. Khilona earned her first Nigar Award and earned critical acclaim for her work. With the release of Inteha, another critical and commercial success, Meera won the second consecutive Nigar Award for Best Actress of the year for her breakout performance. In 2004, she played a prominent role in Salakhain which lifted her image internationally.

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