India and Pakistan have always had a love-hate relationship with each other. However, Bollywood is one thing that binds these two countries together.
Many Pakistani celebrities have worked in Bollywood. Though they were here for a short while, these actors made a mark with their acting and their on-screen presence.
1. Fawad Khan
After winning hearts with his TV show ‘Humsafar’, Fawad Khan got his first Bollywood movie ‘Khoobsurat’. His performance as Vikram Singh Rathore, the Prince of Sambalgarh, made all the women in the country fall in love with him.
After this movie, Fawad worked with Alia Bhatt in the Dharma productions film ‘Kapoor and Sons’. Fawad’s performance as a successful writer, who didn’t tell his family that he was gay, was widely appreciated. After this, Fawad acted in another Dharma film, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,’ wherein he played Anushka Sharma’s boyfriend Ali. Such was Fawad’s female fan following that it was rumoured that actor Ranbir Kapoor actually became insecure about him, while working with him in the movie!
2. Mahira Khan
Pakistani actress Mahira Khan worked with actor Fawad Khan in the TV show ‘Humsafar’. This show became immensely popular in India as well.
Mahira made her Bollywood debut with the Shahrukh Khan-starrer ‘Raees’ in January 2017. The actress was also in the news for her alleged relationship with actor Ranbir Kapoor, when pictures of the two smoking outside a restaurant in New York went viral.
3. Saba Qamar
Another actress who stole our hearts with her acting was Saba Qamar.
The actress worked with Irfan Khan in the film ‘Hindi Medium’-a film which showcased the lengths that parents go to, just to get their child admitted into a good school.
4. Javed Sheikh
Pakistani actor Javed Sheikh has mainly worked in supporting roles in Bollywood films.
The talented actor has played the role of Shahrukh Khan’s father in ‘Om Shanti Om’, Rishi Kapoor’s friend in ‘Namaste London’ and the role of Abhay Deol’s father in the film ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi.’
5. Mawra Hocane
Actress Mawra Hocane, is one of the most popular actresses in Pakistan.
Mawra made her Bollywood debut with the movie ‘Sanam Teri Kasam.’
6. Sajal Ali
This young actress made her debut with the movie ‘Mom.’ The actress shared screen space with the late Sridevi in this movie. In fact, the National Award for Best Actress in 2018 was posthumously given to the late Sridevi for her role in this film.
7. Somy Ali
Somy Ali did a few forgettable films in Bollywood. However, the actress was more in the news for her relationship with actor Salman Khan than for her films.
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