Just when you thought that Lollywood’s self-proclaimed ruling diva had vanished into thin air and would not be creating any more waves, Meera strikes again with a big, billowy bang. This time she has fallen flat into the thick marriage mire or so she claims. Let’s analyse the facts to see whether her marriage scandal with Atiq-ur-Rahman, the man who undoubtedly possesses a lot of mollah, is true or is it just the last flicker by the fading flame before she vanishes into complete oblivion.
Meera and Atiq-ur-Rahman decide to withdraw criminal proceedings against each other
by THAKUR LAHORI
Meera and Atiq-ur-Rahman have mutually reached a settlement according to which they will not be pursuing criminal proceedings against each other. Upon hearing the news of settlement, a horde of reporters reached Meera’s abode for her statement in this regard. In a brief press conference Meera said that she did not know any person by the name of Atiq-ur-Rahman. â€œMy statement regarding the matter is the same as that of my lawyers. When I don’t know any person named Atiq, then there is no question of any settlement. He is a fraudster who is blackmailing me. The marriage pictures have been fabricated and doctored on the computer by Faisal Saif, a director in India. He has even accepted that he tampered with the photographs.â€
Meera presented a recording of the conversation that she had with Faisal in which he had said that he was sorry for whatever was happening with Meera in Pakistan. He accepted that the pictures were tampered by him in India. He further said that he never gauged how far things would go and if he had any intentions of maligning Meera, he would have done that when she was in India. He did all this because Meera gave him a hard time during the shooting of a film.
Meera said that she would file a case against Faisal both in Pakistan and India. Now the question arises what does she want by presenting this audio tape to media? Meera’s alleged husband Atiq-ur-Rahman has shown so many evidences in court that all point towards the fact that Meera did actually marry him. Why she doesn’t accept the marriage, boggles our mind. If Meera and Atiq-ur-Rahman do not want to stay together, they can seek divorce. Atiq-ur-Rahman is ready for the separation. Then why this hullabaloo? It seems this war will continue despite news of compromise between the two parties.
The telephonic conversation between Meera and Faisal Saif, a director in India
Faisal Saif: Hello Assalam-o-Alaikum.
Meera: Walaikum Assalam.
Faisal: Meera ji, why are you spreading rumours in the press that I planned to murder you? If I had planned to get rid of you, I would have shown you my power during the shootingâ€¦ you would never have been able to leave India.
Meera: The marriage photographsâ€¦
Faisal: The pictures are now in the open. What can I do now? I merged the pictures on the computer. I would have told you but your behaviour was very aggressive towards me. It was unintentional. That doesn’t mean that you start slandering me in press that I intended to murder you. Why would I murder you? I am a director and you are an actress. Meera: You brought my private pictures into the open. You merged them and tried to prove that I am someone’s girlfriend.
Faisal: I cannot give any explanation. But yes, I am sorry that the pictures came into the open. I didn’t intend to do this. What can we do now?
Meera: Did you work on the photographs on the computer?
Faisal: Yes, I doctored them on the computer obviously. We cannot make such pictures by hand. What kind of an idiotic question is that? Lets just forget the whole matter. Let it cool down.
Meera: I will tell media that it is you who has made those pictures.
Faisal: You tortured me when you were in India. You made my life hell. My health deteriorated because of you. You went away without realising what I went through. The more you will trumpet the truth, the more you will drown in mire. We are both in this together.
Meera: I never made anyone’s life miserable while I was in India.
Faisal: That is what you think. And it is far from truth.
Meera: Okay, thank you.
Faisal: Take care.
Meera brought this conversation to the forefront two and a half months after her marriage scandal gained momentum. This shows that Meera needed publicity and she has succeeded in gaining it. The whole country seems to be discussing the depth of the quagmire Meera is in. Every day a new fact unfolds like in a suspense film and it seems that the director of this film is none other than Meera herself. She played her cards well. Though she is now withdrawing all the criminal proceedings against Atiq-ur-Rahman and moving towards reconciliation, this will not be an easy task. Both have agreed to accept whatever the court will decide regarding the property and divorce. It has also come to the forefront that Meera has paid Atiq-ur-Rahman a sum of Rs 35 lac. Atiq-ur-Rahman told media that the agreement has been reached on request from Meera’s mother.
â€œShowbiz girls are not marriage materialâ€ – Atiq-ur-Rahman
In an interview, Meera’s alleged husband Atiq-ur-Rahman said that it has been proved that she tied the nuptial knot with him. â€œWe started dating each other in June 2007, when she came to Dubai for shooting with Sangeeta. The friendship with Meera soon turned into a serious relationship and we married in December 2007 in Defence, Lahore. Our wedding was attended by friends and family members. Meera wanted to keep this marriage a secret since the very beginning. Whenever I asked her to announce our relationship, she always declined saying that first we must get established and have our own place. In 2008, Meera forced me to open a production house and work on a drama serial. She convinced me that it would be a profitable venture and we would earn millions. I invested in the project. I have been with her throughout. If she wants to live with me as a wife, I am ready to accept her but she will have to accept our relationship. After that, it is her discretion whether she stays with me or leaves me. I don’t mind. If she hadn’t been my wife, why would I have invested in her projects and bought a home for her. I did the right thing by marrying her and giving her my name. As for her allegation that I threatened to kill her, the FIA officials asked her to produce the intimidating message I sent her. Even after so many days she has failed to produce that message.
If she is not ready to accept me as her husband, I will not let her keep the expensive gifts that I gave her. After all, they were worth four to five crores.
â€œIn Pakistan, Meera used to get two to three lac for a film. Apart from the one lac that I gave her monthly, she used to milk at least four lac more from me every month. I used to bear all her expenses. Meera’s father Sarwar Shah and uncle Pervaiz Bukhari are witness to our marriage. All the guests that were there will testify that we tied the knot. I have paid all the medical expenses for Meera and her family. I even donated my blood when she was being operated for polycystic ovaries. I don’t know why she played the whole game with me. It is clear that she was only interested in my money. I bought my Defence bungalow while I was in America. When Meera came to know of the deal she blackmailed me emotionally and told me to trust her. Thus the house was bought in her name.
â€œI first suspected her when she started ignoring me. I knew she talked to other men as well. The relationship between a husband and wife is based on trust but I realised I could not trust Meera at all. Gradually we started drifting apart. My servants at home used to inform me about each and every person that came in the house. I came to know that she had illicit relationship with a number of men. I want to ask Meera, with so many people ready to prove the fact that we did get married, why is she denying it? My predicament is a lesson for all men. I want to tell them that girls in showbiz are not marriage material. Never have a relationship with them. I am glad that I am out of this quagmire now. I have begged forgiveness from Allah (SWT) and my family and I have realised that I was wrong.
The Marriage Mire
by YOUNUS BUTT
The Meera marriage scandal is making rounds in the sub-continent these days. People have been speculating whether Meera has really married Atiq-ur-Rahman or is it just a hoax, a drama conjured up to gain some limelight. In order to understand the reality it is imperative to know who Meera and Atiq-ur-Rahman are.
Meera, whose real name is Irtaza was born in Sheikhupura, Punjab. She came to Lahore with her mother and uncle due to some domestic tiff. She always wanted to step into the glamourous realm of showbiz. After trying her best for many years to gain some limelight she finally made her presence felt. Her first film was ‘Kanta’ in which her name was changed to Meera.
Meera has worked in numerous films. Almost every producer/director says that whenever she wants to work in a film, she gives them a hard time by getting on their nerves. They say that her expenses also increase their budget. She delays shooting and gives trouble to the film-makers. Meera’s life has become a joke and her scandal with Atiq-ur-Rahman is the latest gag that has come to the forefront.
Atiq-ur-Rahman belongs to Faisalabad. He is a businessman who imports children’s games from China and sells them in the local market. Meera and Atiq-ur-Rahman have been married since the last two years but it is only in 2009 that he realised he should announce their relationship. Meera and Atiq-ur-Rahman don’t see eye to eye because of her uncle Pervaiz. As Meera gained fame and publicity, Pervaiz started becoming rich as well. He helped Meera reach for the stars. He knew her secrets and also about her marriage to Atiq-ur-Rahman. Pervaiz threatened Meera that if she would not continue giving him money, he would publicise everything that she has been doing over the years, which includes a lot of scandals. When she was not able to fulfill his demands, he joined forces with Atiq-ur-Rehman.
The recent reports are that some elders have intervened to solve the matter but Pervaiz has threatened that if Meera will not succumb, he will malign her even more. This is just the first chapter of a book. He doesn’t know that she is a cunning person. She will do anything to win.