Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Sajal Ali, among others have always received a lot of love from Indian audiences and also gained prominence in Bollywood industry. Rahul Dholakia, who directed the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees, worked with Pakistani superstar Mahira Khan, who made her debut in Bollywood with this action entertainer, also co-starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. And it seems now, the filmmaker is quite keen on working with Pakistani artists once again and found a flicker of hope when the Pakistani cricketers landed in the country to play in the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Rahul Dholakia asks if Pakistani actors can be invited to act in India after Pakistani cricketers land in the country
While the artists including sports personalities from Pakistan were banned in India, Rahul Dholakia has been wondering if the rules have now changed after the recent landing of the cricketers. He took to social media to question about the same, wondering if artists from the country, can return to work in India. He took to X, formerly known as Twitter, and wrote, “Now that #Pakistani cricketers are officially here, can we also invite Pakistani actors to act in our films ? Or Musicians to perform?” Earlier in one of the social media posts, Rahul Dholakia had opened up about how his Raees actress Mahira was wronged and that it was unfair how she was taken away the right of being an actor.
Now that #Pakistani cricketers are officially here, can we also invite Pakistani actors to act in our films ? Or Musicians to perform?
— rahul dholakia (@rahuldholakia) September 28, 2023
For the unversed, followed by the Uri attacks in 2016, Pakistani actors were banned in India which further led to The All Indian Cine Workers Association announcing a total ban of artists in 2019 post the Pulwama attacks.
Prior to the ban, apart from Mahira Khan, actors like Fawad Khan and Sajal Ali were a part of some of the biggest films in Bollywood like Khoobsurat, Kapoor & Sons, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and Mom respectively.
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