Mahira Kakkar has an Indian origin and is a New York-based actress who is best known for her theatre and plays.
Mahira Kakkar was born in Calcutta, India. She received her early education from Kolkata, India and then shifted to America for her further studies. She was given the name ‘Mahira’ by her grandpa which is derived from an Urdu word Mahir that means “talented.” She did her school from Modern High School for Girls, La Martiniere for Girls. While she was only 10 years old, she developed an interest in the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets in Kolkata. She never missed any ballet concert in the city as her parents never refused to take her. During her childhood, she aspired to become a ballet dancer, actor or a rockstar. She actively participated in the co-curricular activities in her school. She learnt Bharatanatyam dance and Indian classical music and also won prizes in elocution contests held in school. Later, she received a gold medal in English Literature from Jadavpur University in Kolkata. According to Mahira, this institute helped her to gain experience and knowledge that was beyond books. Soon after this, Mahira addressed The Juilliard School Drama Division in New York City. She worked very hard for it but was also very confident about her skills as while addressing the head of the department of Juilliard’s Drama Division she said,
You have to take me in. You haven’t seen anything like me yet.”
Harold Guksin was her mentor while she attended The Juilliard School Drama Division. After attaining knowledge from here Mahira gradually stepped into regional theatres and television.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Family & Caste
Mahira was born to a Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
Mahira is the daughter of Mira Kakkar.
Relationships, Husband & Children
She is married to John Paul Davis who is also a poet, programmer, author and musician. He is also known to be the author of the book Crown Prince Of Rabbits. They are settled in New York.
Mahira began here career with plays, regional theatres and Television. She has done multiple shows in different countries. She has done a series on Netflix “A Suitable Boy” playing the role of Mrs Rupa Mehra.
Best actress in the Napa Valley Film Festival (2013) for the role in Hank and Asha.
- Mahira is considered to be the first person who attended The Juilliard School Drama Division in the Indian origin.
- In America, while pursuing her education from The Juilliard School Drama Division, Americans found her name ‘Mahira’ difficult to pronounce and one of the American actresses ‘Gillian Jacobs’ gave her a name “Mah” which was considered easier than her real name.
- Mahira loves travelling and exploring different places. She feels a place is best explored by walking. According to her, it is the most exciting & relaxing mode of knowing the place well.
- She is much driven by language, humour and young adult fiction. She has learnt multiple languages such as Afghani, German, French, Cockney, Pakistani, and knows Hindi and Bengali well.
- Mahira believes,
An actor’s life is filled with insecurity. An actor is auditioned on daily basis and can even get rejected daily. If one can not live with this uncertainty then he must walk away and if one can do it then the sky is the limit. One shall move forward, improve his skills and set his own bar.”
- She loves dogs and she also loves to read books. Some of her favourites are Mathematics For Human Flourishing by Christopher Jachson, Costumes And Textiles Of Royal India by Ritu Kumar, The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay, etc. She is often observed sharing her curiousity about books on the social Media platform.
- She also joined DSA that stands for (Democratic Socialists of America). It is a non-profit organisation in the United States. They fight for reforms that empower working people.
- She has played multiple roles in which she played some strong women characters such as Viola in Twelfth Night, Emily Webb in Our Town, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Irina in Three Sisters.
- Mahira faced racism while pursuing her acting career in America. Talking about which she said,
Sometimes, it’s hard to be just the brown girl and not the supermodel brown girl, but nobody said life would be easy. If I get obsessed with ethnic bias issues, where’s the energy to do my work?”
- She has got a Tattoo done on her left arm.
- Moreover, she is proud to be a part of two countries, India and America and she describes both as her home.