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She made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2013 Mira Nair's film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. She achieved further critical success for her role of Laxmi, an Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing's operative, in Bilal Lashari's action thriller film Waar, which ranks among the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time in Pakistan.
Shafi was born in Lahore, Pakistan to actress Saba Hameed and Syed Pervaiz Shafi. She did her A Levels from Lahore Grammar School and graduated with a degree in fine arts from National College of Arts in 2007. In 2016, Shafi became a Canadian citizen.
Shafi entered the modelling industry at the age of 17, when she starred opposite Jawad Ahmed in the music video for the song "Bin Teray Kya Hai Jeena". In 2009 Shafi became the brand ambassador for L'Oreal Paris Pakistan. She has featured in many Pakistani magazines and in international publications such as L'Officiel and Vogue India. In 2013, Shafi was named among the 100 most influential people in Pakistan by Hello magazine.
She made her film debut with Mira Nair's 2012 Hollywood film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (based on Mohsin Hamid's novel of the same name), alongside Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed. The film describes the bad impact of Americans toward Muslims after 9/11. Shafi had a minor role and appeared in only two scenes in the film in the role of the male lead's sister. The film received mixed reviews from critics, and failed to break even at the box office.
She then acted in Bilal Lashari's Pakistani film Waar, alongside Shaan Shahid. Her portrayal of Laxmi, an Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing's operative was critically praised by the Pakistani media. The movie won her the 'Best Supporting Actress' award at the ARY Film Awards in 2014.
In 2016, Shafi has a lead role in the TV costume drama Mor Mahal which is set in the mid-19th century.
Shafi started her singing career with the band Overload with her husband, but left in 2011. Shafi sang along with the internationally acclaimed folk singer Arif Lohar on Coke Studio Pakistan Season 3, with the song "Alif Allah (Jugni)". The single, originally composed and performed by Lohar, gathered over 20 million+ views on YouTube, was the most-viewed Coke Studio song ever, until it was overtaken by "Tajdaar-e-Haram", and was used in several films like Cocktail, Diary of a Butterfly and Jugni.
She sang a rendition of the folk song "Chori Chori", which received mixed reviews. She returned to Coke Studio (Season 5) in 2012 when she sang "Ishq Aap Bhi Awalla" with the Chakwalees and sang a ghazal by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, "Dasht-e-Tanhai".
In 2014, Meesha Shafi returned to the Coke Studio floor for a third time to perform "Sun Ve Balori" with the composer and tabla guru Ustad Tafu and producers Strings.
In 2015, Meesha Shafi lent her vocals to two OSTs. One being 'EVA' that was produced by Strings is featured on the soundtrack of the film Moor, released in August 2015, and directed by director Jami.
In August 2015, she released 'Mehram Dilaan De Mahi' for the OST of the biopic (directed and portrayed on screen by Sarmad Khoosat), based on the life and works of prose writer, Manto. The track is produced by True Brew Records and the lyrics are by Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi. 'Manto' was released on 11 September 2015.
In July 2017,Meesha Shafi joined Fawad Khan and Farooq Ahmed in the audition round as judge while Khan, Shafi, Atif Aslam and Shahi Hasan were the judges in the knockout round of Pepsi Battle of the Bands Season 2. Ayesha Omer is the host of the season.
Shafi also went on to judge Season 3 and 4 of Pepsi Battle of the Bands!
Shafi's maternal grandfather, was a novelist and newspaper columnist, president of the Progressive Writers' Movement, and editor of Urdu daily newspapers including Imroz and Nawa-e-Waqt. In 2008, she married musician Mahmood Rahman. The couple have two children, a daughter named Janevi, and a son named Kazimir. She is a Shia muslim.
Ali Zafar Incident
In 2018 Meesha Shafi accused actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. She filed a case with the Punjab Ombudsperson (who is supposed to adjudicate cases of harassment of women in the workplace), who declined to hear the case because she "did not have an employer-employee relationship" with Zafar.An appeal she filed with the governor was dismissed, again on "technical grounds".
On 29 September 2020 Ali Zafar filed an FIR against Meesha Shafi and eight others for posting defamatory content against him on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. 
|2013||The Reluctant Fundamentalist||Bina Khan||English|
|2013||Bhaag Milkha Bhaag||Perizaad||Hindi|
|2013||Waar||Zoya, Laxmi||Urdu, English||ARY Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2014||The Tournament of Shadows||English||Filming|
|2016||Mor Mahal||Farrukh Zaad||Urdu|
|2012||The Reluctant Fundamentalist|
Coke Studio songs
|2010||"Chori Chori"||Originally sung by Reshma|
|2010||"Alif Allah"||Performed with Arif Lohar|
|2012||"Dasht-e-Tanhai||Originally sung by Iqbal Bano|
|2012||"Ishq Aap Bhe Awalla"||Performed with Chakwal Group|
|2014||"Sunn Ve Balori"||Originally sung by Noor Jehan|
|2014||"Jugni"||Originally sung by Alam Lohar|
|2016||"Aa Rahe Haq Ka Shaheedo"||Originally sung by Naseem Begum|
|2020||"Na Tutteya Ve"|
|2016||Sun Vey Bilori||Shaan-e-Ishq||Amir Munawar|
|2017||24/7 Lak Hilna||Punjab Nahi Jaongi||Shani Arshad|
|2018||3||"Koi Sarda Aye Te Sare"
||Originally sung by Noor Jehan|
Velo Sound Station Songs
|2020||"Boom Boom"||Originally sung by Nazia Hassan|
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