Superstar Mahira Khan lost her grandmother Razia Khannum on Thursday afternoon. The actress took to Instagram and wrote an elaborate heartbreaking note to honor her. “She lived and breathed to have what she felt was the biggest possession one can have— family. And family she made. She was a great storyteller, graceful sari-wearer, fiercely independent, a woman with great pride, a health freak, a great listener, a doting mother, an expressive human being. Anybody who met her felt special around her.”
On her grandmother’s love for her late grandfather, Khan said, “My nana passed away 32 years ago and her favourite story to tell was always related to him. There wasn’t a man who compared. She would tell me that God took away her boo-boo ( [she] called her mother that) and gave her my nana. Even though she suffered from dementia and would mix up names and stories – there was one she recounted clearly – how she got married to my nana. Their love is one for the books.”
She further added, “I kept imagining her mother and the love of her life holding her hand and taking her with them. I used to pray that she goes the way she lived.” Sharing how her grandmother passed only after the entire family had gathered together, Mahira added, “After taking care of everything. After making sure her entire kumba was in one home, together hugging each other, wiping each other’s tears, she took her last breath and went to her maker.”
She concluded, “It is an honour to be her granddaughter and I hope to honour her life by living the way she lived – with dignity and courage. While you read this, please make a prayer for my nani.”
Members of the fraternity, Ayeza Khan, Sarwat Gilani, Bilal Ashraf, Uzair Jaswal, Nadeem Baig, Pheby Haroon and Maliha Rehman shared their condolences.