Mahira Khan’s appearance at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival was the talk of the town and with good reason. The actor made a spectacular debut on the red carpet as the first ever brand ambassador for L’Oreal Pakistan and shone bright making Pakistan proud.
In a recent interview with Masala! UAE, the actor talked about how she took the responsibility to build an image of Pakistan at Cannes.
“Whenever we travel outside our country, we give an exposure to other countries about our country and culture. Whether it is India or Beirut, or Dubai for Masala! Awards– what we’re doing is saying, ‘look this is who we are.’ Whenever we go to another country, people there sit with us and talk to us about our films and the industry. Everything we say, therefore, helps the world see us in a more clear way.”
At the event, Mahira bonded with Hollywood’s finest and Bollywood’s best. She shared a walked the red carpet with Jane Fonda, shared a warm hug and kiss with Sonam Kapoor and discussed children with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Even in her Instagram post, Mahira wrote, “It is empowering to sit with women and speak about the lines under your eyes or how fast your children are growing up.”
Oh Cannes you have a piece of my heart! Thank you for taking us in with open arms, you were warm and generous. I wish I could pen down my entire experience but that’ll be a long love letter for another time. However there are a few things I want to relay to all of you. As I sat in the car on my way to the airport I realised that I felt more empowered than ever before. And the reason was because of the amazing women that I met over the last three days. All these talented women had one thing in common – they lifted each other up. They were supportive and kind. They had each other’s backs. And that is the only (if any) key to success. It is empowering to sit with women and speak about the lines under your eyes or how fast your children are growing up. It’s a relief when it is your first time on the red carpet with hundreds of people photographing you, to get a ‘you’ve got this’ from the girl whose done this like a dream so many times. It was even more amazing to get all these lovely msgs from my industry back home. And the best family and friends one could ask for. Aah and my fan family, how I love thee! We are nothing alone, and that is something life keeps teaching me time and again. My @seherhafeez I love you. @amarfaiz for giving it your all. @shakeelbinafzal for keeping up with the insanity and @manekaharisinghani for being there always? Loreal Pakistan ??, we did it! Thank you loreal Paris for having us.. can’t wait to see you again! À bientôt, Love love love X #lorealparis #lorealcannes #lorealpkatcannes #cannes2018 Ramzan Mubarak to all✨? ? by @happymonday ?
What was Mahira’s big takeaway from the event, apart from her obviously being Pakistan’s brand ambassador from L’Oreal and representing the country in a positive way?
“The takeaway was that I made a drop in the ocean. All the people there that I met, knew I was Pakistani and now if they ever go and talk to someone about us, they’ll say, ‘Hey, yeah. I’ve had a good experience working with people from Pakistan!’ And when someone sees my profile, they’ll also be lead and redirected to other profiles from Pakistan.”
Cannes was also a way for Mahira to showcase Pakistani talent and art on the international forum as Mahira wore Pakistani designers Elan and Menahil and Mehreen during her stay there.
On whether Mahira sees herself as brand Pakistan in the future, the actor commented, “We, as a country, as brand Pakistan, are a melting pot of many opinions, representations, communities and people who are trying to make our country better each day.”
“Whether it’s artists, actors, directors – whoever it may be – whatever it may be – we’re all doing our part to try and make Pakistan a better place. And that’s who we truly are. We mustn’t ‘create’ images, I feel. And we can’t sell lies. We must be true to who we are.”