Miss Meera Jee is not one to give up easily in life, therefore the popular Pakistani actress recently opened up about why she has been left behind in the industry and how she hopes to win her place back.
Meera recently attended the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2017 and talked to reporters about many aspects. Talking to a local paper, the actress said that platforms such as the DIFF are good for Pakistani talent as one gets to be showcased on an international level. “We’re all from Pakistan. We should be united and using such platforms to utilise these events and project our industry and our country”.
She further added that when she starred in Bollywood movies, everyone criticized her for selling herself to the enemy. However, now everyone is doing it and considers it a source of pride.
Meera further explained that the reason she has been left behind in the industry is because she did not recognize the importance of social media.
“I don’t know if our management was weak but it took me time to learn social media. I don’t understand computers and technology a lot – I’m accustomed to a different way of communicating with the media and the press,” she shared.
Explaining the reasons why she fell behind, Meera added, “It took me long to understand this medium. There was a time when there was no printed paper published without my interview.”
But as time and technology changed, demands of the industry changed. Media today relies heavily not only the performances of film and television stars but also their social media statuses as well.
“I never thought social media was something important; I never gave much attention but I cannot ignore social media and this technology anymore,” Meera admitted. “Directors and agencies would ask me, ‘How many followers do you have? What is your existence on social media?’ I had been living in the perception that if a social media star or I would be standing at a public place, people would come talk to me for autographs but it has changed now. I’m an experienced actress but it has all become about followers. People judge you based on your social media followers.”
Talking about the future, the actress said that she will be doing a film in 2018, which will be the best one of her life, referring it to be a ‘comeback’ for her of sorts.