With the photos of Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan surfacing on the web, shocking the semi conservative populous of Pakistan, as usual, the ideals of the nation are again put on a threshold for the entire international community to see. But Mahira is not to be blamed. It’s the career disorientation and the cherry picking done by fans as they question unorthodox careers like acting in films or television shows of foreign entities, without realizing the context, and the cultural requirement of the said so foreign entity.
Let’s look at it this way. Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar have faced similar criticism for starting in Bollywood films or being associated with the Indian Cinema. Remember Meera and Veena? How could you not? Yes, it’s obvious. Pakistan’s own economic output is dependent on a dejection of very few actors starring in recurring roles, these actors being Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat. The return on Pakistani cinema does not equal the return of Indian cinema, in terms of global traction or the market which actors seem to capitalize on.
Let’s look at it another way. Would you pick out a Pakistani doctor working with an Indian doctor to help an intoxicated man? Would you pick the riba (interest) earning entities of Pakistani and Indian nationalities and shame them for collaborating with each other, due to Quranic violation?
It seems, as if the semi conservative status quo of Pakistan is hell bent on shaming one particular group of employees, of one particular industry, due to the spot light and the traction attained by either parties.