By Our Bollywood
Reporter Ms Divya
When Meera kissed Ashmit Patel in
the name of Indo-Pak friendship, little did she knew, she was actually kissing
the biggest controversy of her life. Nazar is out and so is its verdict.
The Bhatt film is a complete dud and in the
hindsight it has done more damage to Meera's acting prospects in Paksitan than
But poor Meera didn't lose heart and took pride in the fact
that Pakistan government has decided to commemorate her effort by bestowing
Ambassador of Peace award on her.
The D-day came on April 30th and as
soon as Meera was preparing to receive the peace award, Pakistani film actor
Mustafa Qureshi walked out saying that she did not deserve the award because her
acting in an Indian film had in no way helped resolve disputes between India and
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Qureshi joined the country's leading film personalities in the protest
against the Film Censor Board chairman Ziauddin for adopting "favouritism" while
deciding the awardees.
As a mark of protest, two leading film
personalities - Amjad Farzind, the chairman of the Film Producers Association,
and actor Shaan - announced to return their awards demanding sacking of Ziauddin
for holding the "ill-planned" event.
Terming the ceremony as "insulting",
Farzind said that the film industry had not waited four years to witness the
"mismanagement and nepotism" of Ziauddin. He also appealed to the media to urge
the government not to show the awards ceremony on international
Another Pakistani actress Sana Nawaz, also pitched in to the
protest by alleging that Meera's death threats, while she was shooting for the
film, were all hogwash and self-created.
"I agree the Hindi film industry
may be far bolder than its counterpart in Pakistan, but that's no reason to
believe Meera's allegations that she received death threats for deciding to act
in Nazar. It was all self-created publicity and everybody knows the reason why
she did it," says Sana, who has been cast opposite Sunny Deol in Ammtoje Mann's
Deeply hurt by the malicious onslaught, Meera
resorted to the extreme step and shifted her base to Dubai, where she has bought
herself an apartment and also applied for a residential permit.
incensed Meera, “I’m extremely hurt and upset by the behaviour of my colleagues
in the Pakistani film industry. The public loves me but it’s a section of the
film fraternity that is jealous of my success. They are dogmatic people who are
intolerant of what I represent.
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"It was an extremely prestigious award given by the Government of Pakistan,
but they said I didn’t deserve it. They created such a hullabaloo while I was on
stage. The next day, they called a press conference and returned their
But now what, has she severed off her ties with
“I would rather work in Indian films and live in Dubai. And if
the offers are really great, I will do Pak commercials and films," says the
Meera is currently working in Afzal Ahmed’s 'Umrao Jaan
Aada' and Lucky Ali’s 'Kasak'.
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