Pakistani actress Saba Qamar is all set to break the unofficial embargo on Pakistani artistes in Mumbai with her Bollywood debut Hindi Medium alongside Irrfan Khan.
When Pakistani actor Mahira Khan made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees, she wanted to visit India and promote her film along side the romance king. However, the backlash against Pakistani artistes following the Uri attack forced her to stay away from India.
She sounds noncommittal, but Irrfan adds, “I don’t know the details. The producer will know better. But something is being planned.”
While relations between the two countries haven’t really improved, Saba is all set to renew the suspended cultural exchange between the two countries.
Says a source, “Saba is keen to come to India, and she isn’t nervous or anxious about how she will be received in India. It all depends on whether she’s granted a visa or not.”
A source from the government says, “There was never any official ban on the entry of Pakistani artistes in the country. Only self-appointed vigilante groups were vocal about the so-called ban. There was never any official ban.”
Hindi Medium is an upcoming Indian Hindi film, written by Zeenat Lakhani and directed by Saket Chaudhary. The film will have Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar in the lead roles.
The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on 12 May 2017.
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