Seven Pakistani stars may have to leave India
MUMBAI: An Indian extremist group has asked Pakistani actors to leave India within 48 hours.
“We give a 48-hour deadline to Pakistani actors and artists to leave India or Maharashtra Navnirman Sena will push them out,” the group said in a statement.
Top actors such as Fawad Khan, Ali Zafar, Mahira Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Imran Abbas and Mawra Hocane are among Pakistani artistes who have made India their second home.
This comes at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after militants killed 18 Army personnel at an Army camp in Uri, Kashmir.
Shiv Sena had in the past forced noted ghazal singer Ghulam Ali to cancel his performance in Mumbai.
Fawad Khan: The actor is a part of Karan Johar’s directorial Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and his two-scene appearance in the teaser has already led to a lot of anticipation. The actor has also signed a film which will be produced by Salman Khan and another opposite Katrina Kaif. He was rumoured to be the first guest on Koffee With Karan’s next season but that’s yet to be confirmed.
Ali Zafar: After working in a host of Bollywood movies such as Tere Bin Laden and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Ali Zafar will next be seen in Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi that also stars Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. Rumours have it that Yashraj Films is also launching the actor’s younger brother, Danyal.
Mahira Khan: Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees heroine is an established name in Pakistan. With her big-budget debut tentatively set to release in January, she is already in news for sharing screen space with SRK.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan: The singer of choice when it comes to Sufi songs or soft romantic numbers, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has a number of high-profile projects in hand.
Mawra Hocane: Her first film in Bollywood, Sanam Teri Kasam, may have bombed but the actress has made quite an impact. Big studios are reportedly planning to cast her.
Imran Abbas: Imran Abbas has acted in Bollywood movies like Jaanisaar and Creature 3D. He is also making a special appearance in Karna Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.