"I used to be able to laugh and talk and just be funny"
Mahira Khan has opened up about battling anxiety and stress.
The popular actress stated that she “used to be able to laugh and talk” but now she feels “cagey” because various things are “blown out of proportion” on social media.
On Mashion, Mahira was asked if she struggles with body image.
She revealed: “I would be lying if I said that I struggle with body image issues but I can empathise with body image issues.
“I mean, everyone is on social media, you don’t need to be a celebrity to go through that because the kind of images we are constantly putting out is unreal.
“I struggle with a lot of other things.
“I struggle with anxiety and stress and sometimes being myself.
“I used to be able to laugh and talk and just be funny, whatever my sense of humour was and now everything is taken, a caption is taken and blown out of proportion.
“It kind of makes you cagey.”
When the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020, Mahira wrote about anxiety and “working to heal in more ways than one” in an Instagram post.
Mahira Khan posted a photo and wrote:
“At a time when anxiety is running high… remember we are all in this together.
“Some more than others. Hoping, praying and working to heal in more ways than one.”
“InshAllah. Till then protect yo’ self and others.”
Mahira Khan previously spoke about India’s ban on Pakistani artists.
She was in the 2017 Bollywood film Raees but due to the ban, she could not come to India to promote the film.
She opened up on the matter and revealed that she refused a lot of web shows that were to be streamed on Indian platforms.
Talking about the ban, Mahira explained:
“I guess, having experienced it firsthand, it’s just sad.
“When I think about it, I mean, we have all moved on.
“That’s what we do, if we don’t have this, we do something else. That’s what happens.
“But I feel like a great opportunity for the entire subcontinent to come together and collaborate was lost.
“I think it might happen again. Who knows?”
Mahira Khan also revealed that she refused web shows that were set for Indian streaming platforms, due to being scared.
“A lot of the other series were offered to me and at that time, I don’t know if anybody will understand when I say this, I was scared.
“I was genuinely just scared. It wasn’t about what people say, I was just like, ‘I don’t know if I want to go there’.
“And there was some content which was amazing, and I didn’t want to miss out on it.”