Mahira Khan is undisputedly the queen of Pakistan film and drama industry but she has also gained this title in rejecting scripts.
Ainee Ki Ayegi Baraat
Mahira Khan was offered the titular role in Ainee Ki Ayegi Baraat, but she turned it down for being a multi-starrer and the role went to her Humsafar co-star, Naveen Waqar. The script was written by Vasay Chaudhary who even pulled Mahira’s leg for rejecting his show at Fawad Khans production launch event.
Mera Naseeb was supposed to be Mahira Khan’s first drama. It was revealed when a fan tweeted about how he would love to see Sanam Saeed and Mahira appear together on a “friendship movie or a chick flick”, Khan replied that her debut drama was actually supposed to be Hum TV’s Mera Naseeb. The Raees actress mentioned in an interview that she rejected the script as it had the concept of a pretty cousin sister vs an unpleasant-looking cousin sister and how it impacts their married life.
After the thunderous success of Humsafar, Mahira refused the drama Kankar which was later done by Sanam Baloch. The drama dealt with the subject of domestic abuse. Mahira instead chose to do Sarmad Khoosat’s directorial Shehr-e-Zaat as she found it to be more challenging as a performer.
Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Mahira Khan was approached for the role of Amal Dastoor in Humayun Saeed’s blockbuster film. Humayun revealed in an interview that they had multiple meetings for the same but the talks couldn’t materialize.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
Mahira Khan rejected Mehwish Hayat’s role in Jawani Phir Nahi Ani as she was already working for Ho Mann Jahan and felt the script wasn’t empowering for women.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2
Post Raees, Mahira didn’t find it appropriate to take on a multi-starrer with misogynist elements despite it being mounted on a lavish scale.
Parwaaz Hai junoon
Momina Duraid, the producer, offered the film to Mahira but she couldn’t adjust it in her busy diary.
Parey Hut Love
Although Mahira was part of Parey Hut Love in a cameo role as Zeena, but firstly, she was offered the lead role of Saniya. After she refused it, the role was later played by Maya Ali.