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Peace ambassador

Pakistani actor Meera unplugged



Meera does a fine balancing act

HER STACATTO responses reveal that she is yet to become a Bollywood star. While Indian heroines relish talking about their habits and lifestyle, Meera, the Pakistan star, finds talking over the table a wee bit difficult.

Taking a break from a hectic schedule Meera says her food choices are very limited. "I like normal food." Meera Rebab is a Shia Muslim actor from Lahore. At home, dal-chawal is her favourite. "I eat lots of chicken and beef, and to keep myself in shape I take lots of boiled vegetables." Here is a girl who boasts she can look sexy and innocent, western as well as traditional, is willing to do all kinds of roles and still maintains she will not let her country down. "Mine is a conservative country where people are wedded to customs. I am proud of my nationality. There is a limit to which I can go." Doesn't she fear fundamentalists in India, and does the deportation of a foreign actor from India make her anxious? "Abhi to mahaul theek hai. (Now, the atmosphere is all right). Anyway, I have a business visa and a work permit that is valid for a year. I have the permission to visit various Indian cities. This does not mean I have stopped doing films in Pakistan, but I am still open to offers in India. I want to work with Subhash Ghai and Yash Chopra.

Talks are on for another film with the Mahesh Bhatt banner." Authorities in the two countries might try to impede her mission, but Meera promises she will continue to play the role of peace ambassador. "I have asked the government of Pakistan to give me the title of Peace Ambassador."

ANUJ KUMAR

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