[VIDEO] Mahira Khan reveals why she supports ‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi’
'There is a thin line between educating the masses about the problems and triggering them'.
Recently, Pakistan’s beloved superstar Mahira Khan appeared on Mira Sethi’s talk show. The star spilled the beans on her childhood, upbringing, the entertainment industry’s expectations from stars like her, and why she makes it a point to attend every Aurat March.
Speaking about female empowerment and the problems that women face in Pakistan, Khan said:
There is a thin line between educating the masses about the problems and triggering them. My purpose is the prior, without caring about traction. I need to march every year because my voice has weight. When I go to the Aurat March, I make it a point to tell everyone that this is what I believe in. It does not benefit me, but it is important for the women there, so I will represent them. Nobody will ask them to explain their slogans and chants, but the media comes to me. So I want to utilize my two minutes to explain and educate on behalf of those women.
Khan further stated:
I believe that because of social media and the way things are projected, there is a lot of misconception.
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Addressing the Mera Jism Meri Marzi slogan, Khan said:
The slogan has been misconstrued and misrepresented for the past two years. When I say Mera Jism Meri Marzi, I don’t mean I want to strip my clothes off and run around naked!
Explaining the slogan’s meaning, Khan started:
I mean to say that I am a human, and this is my body, so it is up to me whether I allow you to stare at it or touch it or not. It means that I can report you if you don’t comply. It means that I can act against you if you harass me because you have no right over MY body.
Continuing the conversation, Sethi asked Khan about how Pakistani actors are often afraid of endorsing or supporting feminism and Aurat March because they feel they won’t get work:
They say they’ll be touted ‘too controversial’ if they raise their voice. Considering this, what led you and your brother to grow into brave individuals?
Answering Sethi’s question, Khan said:
We lived in a small house, just the four of us, and there was this freedom. We were like roommates. My parents had me after eight years of their marriage. They were doing their own thing and enter these two children. So they gave us that freedom, which by the way, wasn’t about having no boundaries and curfews. It was the freedom to choose. My father especially would ask us, ‘Who do you want to be, what do you want to eat?’ They would never tell us they want us to be this or that. They just let us make our own decisions.
When asked how the actress responded to the pressure from the fraternity to be less vocal and more arrogant, Khan replied:
I know some people want me to have a certain kind of attitude, but that’s not me.
Admitting that the demand to be conceited was unreasonable and primitive, Khan said:
I think when people demand a star to be ‘arrogant’, just because they’re a star; they’re being regressive and archaic. People say your enigma dies when you become approachable; I think your enigma dies jab ap battameezi kartay hain (when you lose your cool) with your makeup artist or the person who brings you tea.
Khan recalled the time when she first entered the entertainment industry and said:
This industry teaches you many disappointing lessons, like how to talk, how to sit, how not to tell people you’re married, divorced, or a mother. But that’s my reality; my reality makes me who I am. How can you expect me to be someone else?
To conclude the conversation on a light-hearted note, Sethi asked Khan the qualities she finds to be the most attractive in a man, to which the actress replied:
The first one goes for both men and women. Anyone who is at peace with themselves is attractive. Secondly, I love a good sense of humor. I like it when someone can make me laugh, and if they can’t, then I start cracking jokes myself. And thirdly, this one’s specifically for men; I love it when a man respects all the women around him.
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