Meera: Hot Pakistani movie star fined, targeted, honored
Meera, a popular Pakistani film actress, has had a "heavy fine" imposed on her courtesy of Pakistan's Ministry of Culture, according to OutlookIndia.com. (Photo: Nazar too hot for Pakistan? Meera, Ashmit Patel.)
The reason for the Ministry of Culture's stern ruling? Meera kisses her Indian co-star Ashmit Patel in Mahesh Bhatt's supernatural Bollywood thriller Nazar (Sight). The kissing scene was deemed against "Islamic ethics and moral values."
The Pakistani government, apparently afraid that Pakistanis will emulate Meera's vile deed and start kissing one another, is reportedly considering a ban on Pakistani actors from acting in Indian films.
Meera, the alleged target of 'extremists'
As per the BBC, Meera has asked for government protection "from extremists here who have threatened my life" because of Nazar's kiss. Some critics, however, have asserted that the actress' statement is a publicity gimmick.
Widespread bootlegged copies aside, Nazar will probably not be released in Pakistan, for Indian films have been banned in that country since the 1965 India-Pakistan War.
All appearances to the contrary, rumors that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has been taking lessons from the Pakistani government and that country's religious censors seem to be unfounded.
Addendum: The Hindustan Times reports that Meera finds herself in one more imbroglio, this time for receiving a Peace Award from Pakistan Film Censor Board Chairman Ziauddin. (Go figure...) Those who don't think that Meera's controversial appearance in Nazar deserved a peace award have accused Ziauddin of favoritism.
Additionally, Pakistan's Ministry of Culture has denied having taken any action against the actress.
Nazar Meera, Ashmit Patel photo: Vishesh Films.