Meera’s film 'Hotal' set for nationwide release in March 2015

Published January 8, 2015
Meera in a scene from 'Hotal'. — Photo courtesy: Hotal's Facebook Page
Meera in a scene from 'Hotal'. — Photo courtesy: Hotal's Facebook Page

Meera sure knows how to stay in news — the saucy actor known for her stunts in her public as well as private life will now be seen playing the lead role in a film titled Hotal.

The movie which is set for a nationwide release in March is a psycho-thriller and is being dubbed as the “first Hindi feature film outside Bollywood” and has different actors from Pakistan.

Written and directed by Pakistani director Khalid Hasan Khan who is a graduate of the New York Film Academy, the film is centered on Kashika, a woman who ends up in a hotel where as the film's teaser says "she meets her sister who was never born".

The film which bagged the award for Best Film at the 3rd Delhi International Film Festival also honoured Meera, who couldn’t outshine previously in India, with Best Actress Award.

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Meera with the award at the Delhi International Film Festival. — Photo Courtesy: Hotal's Facebook Page
Meera with the award at the Delhi International Film Festival. — Photo Courtesy: Hotal's Facebook Page

Speaking to The Hindu about Hotal, Meera commented: “The film gives out a social message. It depicts what a woman faces and touches sensitive issues like abortion, gender discrimination and superstitions. It is a new project for our film industry in Pakistan but I am sure that audiences all the world over will love it."

  Meera in the film 'Hotal'. — Photo Courtesy: Hotal's Facebook Page
Meera in the film 'Hotal'. — Photo Courtesy: Hotal's Facebook Page

Meera further remarked that she was "open to all kinds of opportunities and roles, whether it is a commercial movie or one with a strong social message. The role I have played in Hotal is different. It is not glamorous at all.”

With different Pakistani actors entering the Indian entertainment industry, Meera is hopeful of future collaborations between the two countries: “It is a very positive step. Bollywood films are extremely popular in Pakistan and now that our artists and television series are being appreciated here [in India], that makes it easier for viewers to understand what life is like in India or Pakistan.”

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