ADHM row: Besides Imran Abbas, other Pak actors whose Bollywood dreams are shattered

With the MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) up in arms to make every possible effort to stall the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dl Hai Mushkil, it is no good news for Pak actors.

Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is already in trouble over the presence of Fawad Khan. With the MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) up in arms to make every possible effort to stall the release of the film, it is no good news for Pak actors.

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The entire nation is divided over the presence of Fawad Khan in ADHM, but not many know that the romantic saga starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma has yet another Pakistani actor in it. Imran Abbas, who made his Bollywood debut opposite Bipasha Basu in the 2014 film Creature 3D, will be seen in a cameo in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. And this has put even more pressure on the already-battered-for-Fawad-in-the-film makers of ADHM. While Karan has appealed for the release of the film without any protests, Imran is apprehensive that his cameo won’t make it to the final cut.

After a dud like Creature 3D, Imran had hopes from this big-banner film. But that seems to be a dashed dream now with the constant threats from the MNS.

Imran recently took to Facebook to post a behind-the-scenes clip from the sets of ADHM, in which he is seen along with Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in The Break Up song. The 34-year-old actor praised Ranbir and also said that it was a great experience working in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. At the same time, he appealed to his fans to watch the film when it releases.

He wrote, “Ranbir is truly fun to work with.. (probably lots of my scenes/shots won’t be there in the movie now but still it was great to work in this project and the movie is just a treat to watch..Don’t miss AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL).”

With the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan after the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir, followed by the surgical strike last month, Pakistani artists have been banned from working in India. And before these Pak actors could look to find their feet, or even make a debut, in the Hindi film industry, their Bollywood dreams seem to have been shattered.

Danyal Zafar
If Ali Zafar’s role in Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi is under the radar, his younger brother Danyal Zafar’s Bollywood debut is also facing a lot of trouble. Danyal was set to make his debut in Habib Faisal’s yet-unnamed prison drama. The Pak actor, who was prepping for the role for a few months now, had to rush back to Lahore owing to the ongoing tension, leaving the film in jeopardy. According to a report in Mid-Day, Danyal’s family is apprehensive of sending him back to India any time soon so that he can begin the shooting, and even the makers can’t guarantee his security in the country. The director, as a result, is in a fix regarding his next move.

Adnan Siddiqui and Sajal Ali
Adnan Siddqui, who was seen in Angelina Jolie-starrer A Mighty Heart, is set to make his Bollywood debut with Boney Kapoor’s Mom. The Pak actor has been roped into play Sridevi’s husband in the film. The role of their on-screen daughter is played by Sajal Ali, yet another Pak actor. And after the threats over the release of ADHM starring Fawad Khan, the shooting of Mom has come to a halt for the time being.

Mahira Khan
It was in the fall of 2014 that Mahira Khan was introduced to the Indian audience through her much-popular Pakistani TV show Humsafar. Her acting prowess and beauty bowled us all over, and soon enough, she landed her first Bollywood role, opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees. However, her Hindi film dreams seem to have been brutally trampled over by the MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena), leaving her fate in the Hindi film industry in a limbo. Since a few parts of Raees are yet to be shot, buzz has it that the makers are apparently considering replacing her with another Bollywood actor. However, Ritesh Sidhwani, the producer of Raees, has said that Mahira is not being replaced.