Pakistani actress Mahira Khan’s ethereal look might have scored her a role opposite Shah Rukh Khan, but it’s important to realize that she’s just the tip of the iceberg….. Following in Khan’s footsteps is a smorgasbord of beautiful, talented women who are increasingly looking to India as a second playground to showcase their talents. Here are the ones to watch:
1. Aamina Sheikh
Leading the pack of Pakistani beauties is Aamina Sheikh. The sultry actress majored in Film Production at Hampshire college, returning to Pakistan to direct and produce a children’s show for one of the largest TV stations in the country. She then started modelling, acting in tele-films and is now one of the most sought-after film actresses in the country, bagging the New York Film Festival Award and the SAARC Film festival award for her performance in the film, Seedlings.
2. Mehwish Hayat
After a sizzling item number in the recently released, Na Maloom Afraad, model Mehwish Hayat has officially graduated to being the talk of the town. Those never-ending legs definitely did their bit…
3. Mawra Hocane
While the older Hocane sister – 22-year-old Urwa – is Pakistan’s burgeoning film industry’s new muse, her younger doe-eyed version is one of the country’s most popular actresses for TV plays, essaying difficult roles at a very young age.
4. Neelam Muneer
Another newcomer to the Pakistani drama screen, this sultry 23-year-old actress owns difficult roles with ease.
5. Zara Peerzada
This 22-year-old Lahori model was first discovered when she was only eighteen, stunning photographers with her petite frame, dramatic eyes, and Jolie-esque pout. Her big break came when she bagged a campaign with a local cosmetics brand and overnight, some of the country’s busiest junctions featured billboards with her face plastered on them. Off-camera, Peerzada is soft-spoken and eloquent with a quirky sense of style.
6. Ayesha Omar
Ayesha Omar became the darling of television after her hit sitcom, Bulbulay, aired in Pakistan. She’s currently filming her first film – Yalghaar -– set to release this year. The sexy but sweet Omar has been acting for over five years now and only becomes more attractive with time.
7. Sara Haider
There is very little that 23-year-old Haider can’t do. The performance artist and back-up vocalist wowed in the latest season of Coke Studio and in her role as Marty in a local production of Grease. “Her performance is simply stunning. Her acting, dancing and accent are all impressive, but it’s her voice that makes you sit up and take notice,” read one of the largest local newspapers after her show. Haider is currently working on her debut album.