LONDON: Pakistani superstar and actress Mahira Khan, who is currently in London to attend UK Asian Film Festival, received the ‘Contribution to Film and Activism’ award at the opening ceremony of the event.
Donned in an elegant saree by Elan, Mahira dedicated the award to her son, Azlan and expressed her gratitude with a short speech.
“Thank you. I’m going to keep it short,” Mahira remarked. “Like you said, if my son is being overlooked (because of my work)? I always ask my son about what should I say? Should I thank you? And he would always respond, ‘Please don’t thank me.’ So, I hope someone is recording this!”
The UK Asian Film Festival commenced on March 14 and is scheduled to continue till March 25. The festival aims to celebrate 20 years of independent South Asian cinema by hosting a 12-day season of film screenings and events in Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester and London.
Mahira was also seen at the London premiere of Cake the Film which starres Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik. Cake is the first Pakistani film to premiere at the prestigious Leicester Square.
Bollywood’s veteran Simi Garewal, an acclaimed film-maker, producer and a famous talk show host was also honoured at the film fest and shared the stage with Khan.
Mahira’s political drama, Verna, in which she plays a rape victim, will also be screened at the event on March 16th.
In other news, the first look of Mahira’s upcoming film with Shehryar Munawar has been revealed. The film titled Saat Din Mohabbat In is scheduled to hit screens on Eid Ul Fitr 2018.