Jannat Mirza is an internationally known Pakistani actress, model and social media celebrity. Born in Faisalabad, Pakistan she was only a few months old when her father became very ill and he passed away. She then spent her early years in Dubai as a dancer, poodle puppy seller, street kid, and street lady. She later moved to Canada where she earned a degree in culinary arts from the University of Toronto. Jannat then went to film school in Los Angeles where she pursued a degree in Broadcast Technology with a focus on special effects and visual storytelling.
After relocating to Pakistan she settled in Jannat and took up the real name Jannat Mirza. It all came about because Mirza wanted to channel her anger and frustration into something positive and change her life. This led her to become an actor, singer and was even recognized for writing the novel “Night’s Night Dream” about a girl who sells flowers on the streets of Pakistan’s capital city. She has appeared in numerous movies and has also worked as a freelancer writing articles online. Her most recent film role was in the action-adventure film “The Replacements”.
Jannat Mirza has come a long way since her days as a street dancer in Pakistan and as a student in Los Angeles. She is well known in Pakistan as a respected socialite who enjoys traveling and enjoying lavish travel throughout the world. She is also known for being open and honest and has always been open about her personal life. Recently, however, her popularity has skyrocketed due to the release of her memoir “The replacements”. In this memoir, she portrays herself as a powerful woman who achieved great success in life despite her circumstances.
The book’s jacket describes Mirza as “a socialite, a lover, a philanthropist, and a philanthropic celebrity who peppers her prose with references to public service and free speech”. It goes on to say that Mirza “has established or helped to establish dozens of institutes that promote arts, sciences, and sports”. This is a pretty accurate representation of the core elements of what Jannat Mirza stands for. The book’s jacket also goes on to describe how Mirza first came to know about social work and her early work as a student in Los Angeles.
In terms of the memoir itself, Mirza starts it off with a personal and very funny story about her first encounter with Umeric Faiyaz Butt, the famous comedian from Pakistan. Butt tries to help Jannat Mirza through her trials by giving her lectures on how to handle people and even gives her a magic wand which she promptly uses to turn herself invisible. Mirza is so impressed by this sight that she decides to use the wand to see the world. So invisible that she ends up popping out of a cake and splashing a few people on the nose before being spotted by her new instructor. The book then goes into how Butt helps Jannat Mirza with various aspects of her life, such as dealing with her studies and finally breaking into the acting industry.
After some more socialization and study in college, Jannat Mirza decides to try her luck in Hollywood, which is where her first big role would come in. She gets a role as a freak in a 1980’s movie called Baba Sahara and would go on to receive many other acting roles throughout the decade, including an animated role in Dil baad. The movie where she finally receives her first big break comes in the form of her starring role in the cult comedy hit Baba Sahara. The movie would go on to spawn many more films including one in Hindi and one in English for which she would receive critical acclaim.
It was then that she decided to turn to social media to promote her work, and would turn herself into a brand through her online community called Baba Sahara ke liye. This online community was made up of Pakistanis who were in full support of the catholic actress and would call on her to be a leader in this burgeoning faith. The actor responded by founding a church of her own in Lahore and would hold services regularly. Jannat was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Ashamed, one of the lead characters in the movie. In the ceremony, she was also given the best-supporting actress award.
Although it may seem like any typical movie star, Jannat Mirza has managed to rise above the masses, who have largely forgotten her existence. She has managed to make a mark for herself in the global community and is paving the way for a brighter future for her character, and those who admire her. It is a wonder how a small town in Pakistan can create a pop culture icon, and it certainly has been a remarkable journey for Jannat, and her fans, all over the world.