The new crop of Pakistani actors in Bollywood is all set to act with our very own A-listers in some big-ticket flicks. Recently, there was news that Fawad Khan, who won hearts with Khoobsurat last year, has now been approached for Karan Johar’s next, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, co-starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Fawad is not the only lucky one. While after much ado, Mahira Khan has been chosen to play Shah Rukh Khan’s wife in Rahul Dholakia’s Raees, Humaima Malick, after featuring in Raja Natwarlal last year, has struck gold with a three-film deal with Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s production house.
Distributor Rajesh Thadani feels that the trend may work well to enhance ­business. “People want to see new faces, and these actors have done a lot of good work in their TV shows, which are ­incidentally now being screened here too. So, people are excited to see them on the big screen with their favourite Bollywood stars,” says Thadani. Film trade analyst Komal Nahta says that the key is to fit the bill. “For instance, despite being just one film old, Fawad is already a big name. So there’s a lot of curiosity around him,” he says. The actors are enjoying it, too. “It’s great working in India. I don’t want my career to get affected due to political instability between the two countries,” says Mikaal Zulfiqar, who recently shared screen space with Akshay Kumar in Baby. Back home, our actors are no less thrilled. “I have seen a little bit of Mahira’s show on TV. She is a marvellous actor,” said Mahira’s soon-to-be co-star, SRK.
Cross boder projects
In the recent past, actor Zulfiqar Khan played a rather crucial role in Neeraj Pandey’s film Baby, which also starred Akshay Kumar. It was also reported that actor Iman Ali, who was seen in Khuda Ke Liye (2007), has reportedly signed a film with filmmaker Mani Ratnam. Pakistani actor Humaima Malick, who was with Emraan Hashmi in Raja Natwarlal (2014), signed a three-film deal with Vidhu Vinod Chopra.