Mahira Khan was born on 21st December. She is from Karachi, Pakistan. She did her O levels from “Foundation Public School” Karachi. She didn’t really thought about becoming a VJ. According to her, she was studying in Los Angeles. She visited Pakistan at that time and went to “Indus TV network” for an internship in marketing. When she arrived there, two of their VJ had left. So everyone was in panic and they choose Mahira for doing the show. At that time she really wanted to get out of it but eventually she took that show.
Mahira Khan is a video jockey on the satellite channel MTV Pakistan. She currently works alongside other VJs like Anoushey Ashraf and Dino. Khan is ready to debut in Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol co-starring Atif Aslam, Humaira Abbasi and others. The film will release in 2011.
Mahira did her “O” Levels from Foundation Public School and went off to University of Southern California for an undergraduate degree, but never completed it. Mahira had never thought of acting as a VJ on MTV Pakistan and was studying in Los Angeles, U.S.A. from whence she came to Pakistan to enroll at the Indus TV network for an internship in marketing. The day of her arrival marked the sudden end of the careers of two of the VJs at the network. Ghazanfer Ali, CEO of the television network insisted she took the lead where the two left a void and hence she got a show for herself. She is married Ali Askari.
At MTV Pakistan
Mahira c hosted a live show called Most Wanted three days a week and prefers live shows over recorded. Of the people at the network, she is particularly close to Dino and adores Cyrus at MTV India.
One look at her and you think ‘what a pretty girl’. While make-up for her may be a necessity for the camera, in reality it does for her what artificial food color does to fresh orange juice.
When you talk to her, you inevitably come up with the terribly clichéd ‘beauty with brains’, but somehow it undermines the person that she is. So let us start all over again. Mahira Khan is a VJ on MTV Pakistan and she is one of the most unpretentiously refreshing faces around in showbiz currently. But it is her inspiring personality that instantly reassures you that this pretty representative of the much-maligned MTV generation has an intelligent head on her shoulders and her feet firmly planted on the ground.Mahira hosts a live show called Most Wanted three days a week and unlike most people in showbiz, she loves going live. “It’s the best part of the show for me. I cannot perform without it being live. It goes out to thousands of people and I like the fact that whatever is going out is said and done at that point in time, I can’t re-do it. I think I am the only VJ who loves live TV. There is a lot of enthusiasm that goes into it than in a recorded show.”
Mahira says she didn’t plan on becoming a VJ, as according to her, “Last summer, I was studying in Los Angeles and when I came to Pakistan, I went to the Indus TV Network for an internship in marketing. The day I arrived, two of their old VJs had left so everyone was in a state of panic. Ghazanfar Saheb looked at me and said ‘you are going to do it’. I tried to get out of it but he insisted and I got the show.”
“Mostly people calling up are young, so I get to know what they are thinking about. Usually, I tell them what I think about the subject that is under discussion. It could be anything. We’ve talked about values, responsibilities and a variety of issues to do with youth,” says MTV VJ Mahira Khan
When I ask her about her strengths as a VJ, Mahira says she doesn’t really know so much about it “but I could tell you about my weakness, the biggest being that I can’t lie on television. I can lie about little things and make up a story or something but I am a bad actress. Whatever I feel, I tend to show on camera. I can be funny and do different expressions but whatever I am feeling is what shows on screen. If I feel horrible about something or terribly low, then I always read something funny before I go on air or sit around someone at work, especially Dino because I know he will make me laugh,” she says.
MTV launched in Pakistan as a TV channel for 24 hours with the ambition to reflect the tastes and interests of young people through a series of videos, music, Pakistani and international. And impressed the skeptics? “I would definitely believe that I watched more MTV than the competition. I really do not look at the competition because there is no other channel is a live show like mine,” she says. “In addition, MTV has a competitive edge because of our thoughts are out of the box.”
Talking about VJS, Mahira says: “If you look at MTV all over the world or any other channel for that matter, is VJS around for a few years. He took Cyrus, for example, in India, MTV, and the Yugoslav army when I was a kid and now I can to have children and it would still VJ! dictated by the fact that by the viewers. people still want to see VJS which had existed for some time. people love it when I have a Dino or Anoushey on the show, but it is still very popular great. “
One wonders whether Pakistani youth is receptive to MTV Pakistan, or is it adding to their confused identity? I ask Mahira to elaborate. “MTV is a youth channel and that does not need to be spelt out. We are the MTV generation. We can’t be like MTV in America because we don’t live in America. We can’t be MTV India because we don’t live in India; we can only be MTV Pakistan because we live in Pakistan. For instance, Anoushey, Faizan and me, we all come from very different backgrounds but we are all the youth and bring in variety. There is a person who will speak thorough English, someone else will speak in Urdu while a third type will speak a mix and that is what the youth today is all about.
“We completely represent the youth of Pakistan. The kids who call up on the shows or send emails are always in their own way telling us to be proud of being Pakistani. A VJ once spoke something that was similar to some Hindi word and this person called and insisted that we should stay away from Hindi, and just speak Urdu and be Pakistani. The average viewer is so intelligent these days that you cannot con them into anything.”
Mahira believed that being a VJ on the show has its share of social responsibility. “I found out is the subject of the rule. Out of every three days a week I can have two days of Chet light chat on anything but to lead the talk, but one day we can have a bit of serious discussion. Most people call them from young people, so I get to see what they are thinking. Usually, in the end, I tell them what I think of this topic is under discussion. can be any thing only. We talked about the responsibilities and values, and a variety of issues to do with young people. ” Mahira defend the young, and those fighting with the dilemma of cultural values on the one hand, and exposure to Western thought through mixed media, on the other. “Certainly young people stuck in a kind of cultural crossroads. I feel they are a little confused, but should not be? This country is only 57 years, and this is like a mid-life crisis that will pass,” she says.
When it comes to work, and says, “I have been working since I was 16, and this is my job of six. I have lived abroad, I have seen a little more independence than other girls my age over here, just a little bit.”
Mahira but feel that he is different to work in an environment in comparison with the outside Pakistan. “When you work abroad, and hard work as well as a talent equal pay. Over here, it can be hard work, talent, and sleepless nights and XYZ give in some cases, you are nothing. Then because there are other factors that affect things. Yes, it’s sad. but this does not mean that hard-working talented Pakistanis can not make it big, and this is why I call it the dream of Pakistan “Although she says she enjoys her work and hopes to continue it for a bit longer, Mahira has bigger plans in mind. “When a VJ becomes unacceptably old for the VJ formula, then there is plenty to do. There is a bigger plan at every step that you grow big with. At the end of the day a VJ has the gift of gab, and that means you can do things that you always wanted to do.
“There is so much more that can be done and I am talking about women essentially. And that takes me back to when you asked me about my strengths, maybe that is what it is, the art of talking. Speaking is what it takes.”
I ask her if she thinks at all that her looks are her strength as a VJ. She seems somewhat uncomfortable with the question. “I never think like that, my looks can’t be my strength, I don’t know, people tell me I’m pretty but mein nahin hoti to koi aur hota, and you know make up can do wonders and make ordinary girls look beautiful, too.”
Suddenly, Mahira reveals a lighter side in contrast to all the contemplative thought. “I’ve always wanted to be a movie star. I knew then and I know now that I couldn’t because at the time I did not know what it takes to be a star. That is something I still love to dream about,” says Mahira.
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