Pakistani TV serials and actors are usually lapped up by Indian audiences. In that context, like Indian movies, can Pakistani films also make their way to Indian theatres? “The exchange of talent is increasing slowly. I would like an active exchange of movies too. The Indian film industry has been around for more than 100 years now. So, it has far more credibility than the Pakistani film industry, which has witnessed a demise of sorts over the last 30 years. Now, the Pakistani film industry is getting back on its feet,” says Fawad Khan.
The 34-year-old, who has acted in two Bollywood films — Khoobsurat (2014) and Kapoor & Sons — says it “would be great” if Pakistani films started releasing in India. He adds, “We have been working on films and have been actively looking for talent from the Indian film industry to work with in Pakistani movies.”
The actor says he is doing as much as he can. “And it is not just me. Film-makers such as Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, and actors such as Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah, have all been trying to work across the border. It will take some time, and hopefully, I will be one of the first ones [to witness that change firsthand],” says the Pakistani actor.