Published On: Sat, Jan 2nd, 2016

Cricketer Asif is hopeful for his debut in film

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The well known Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif, who has faced ban due to 2010 spot-fixing scandal, seems a little hopeful as pacer Muhammad Amir, who has a comeback in the national cricket team. Yet Asif has to complete the remaining two years of his ban, maybe he will debut in a film.

It is reported that the Indian screenplay writer Ikram Akhtar will make a cross-border joint venture India Mein Lahore. The film was set to give Akhtar his directorial debut and Asif his first appearance in a movie, that too with a lead role.

Asif stated in an interview that the project has been cancelled by saying this, “I was in contact with the team for the last two years and was totally up for the film. Due to some issues, especially not getting permission to shoot the film in Pakistan, work has been discontinued.” Asif further added that “I am in great financial strain because of the ban,”

Recently the Indian screenwriters Akhtar and Sanjay Masoom came to Lahore and pronounced about the project. Cricketer Asif had signed up for the cross-border romantic comedy film whereas consultations were under way with Pakistani actor Neelum Munir for the leading role. It is reported that the movie will be filmed in Pakistan, India and Dubai and the writers had also managed numerous reconnaissance trips to diverse locales of the Walled City for this reason. To strengthen the relations between Pakistan and India, guerrilla-styled auditions were organized in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Dubai to find new faces.

The news was exposed when numerous Bollywood big stars, for instance, Mahesh Bhatt, Om Puri, Madhur Bhandarkar and Naseeruddin Shah visited Lahore and said about their desire to work in Pakistan. Bollywood young actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone told about their desire to visit Pakistan.

While Bhatt and Pakistani film-maker Sohail Khan worked jointly on Awarapan in 2007 and it was the initial Indo-Pak cinematic venture.

Whereas Asif was positive regarding his upcoming future and he stated it as “Acting [just like cricket] is a glamorous profession. You’re around cameras all the time. [For me] Earlier, it was because of cricket, now, it’s because of acting,”

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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