Published On: Wed, Oct 21st, 2015

Limited migration from Bollywood to Lollywood



Although Pakistani film industry has paved the way to the progress but some actors wants to get chances in Bollywood. It is a common practice of Pakistani actors to migrate to Hindi films and permitted visa. But does Bollywood industry wants to migrate to Lollywood and Indian actors search for work in Lollywood?

Sometimes Indian film stars utilize their star wattage to emphasize social issues through Pakistani films.Naseeruddin Shah, an imminent Indian Muslim actor, acted as a modest Maulvi in a Pakistani film Khuda Ke Liye which was released in 2007. He was holding forth on the broadminded views of the Quran. In a prolonged but appropriate culmination, Islam is brilliantly elucidated to those who pursue faith with their blinkers on.

Remarkably he exclaims, “Deen main daarhi hai, daarhi main deen nahi.” (My beard is in my religion; my religion is not in my beard.)

Khuda Ke Liye was the film which earned at the peak and the blockbuster film of 2007 in Pakistan. Its victory and fame at home go ahead to a release in India, but it received many critical compliments.

Shah elaborated his experience about the acting in the film, “When Shoaib Mansoor (who was the director of the film) offered me a role in Khuda Ke Liye, I was reluctant to accept it because I didn’t have a good impression about Pakistani movies, but that film changed my perception altogether and now I consider it the most important movie of my professional career.”

Shah worked on one more film Zinda Bhaag, which was released in 2013, deciding not to be dressed in with the long white beard as he executed in Khuda Ke Liye, infuriating some spectators and amusing others.

Another Pakistani flick, which was directed by Sabiha Sumar, was Khamosh Pani, released in 2003. It was the merely other time when actors of Indian origin Kirron Kher, Shilpa Shukla voyaged to Pakistan to shoot. The critically commended movie triumphs the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.

Kher shared her experience and revealed that she decided to do the film for a touching cause. “Playing Ayesha was a very fulfilling experience. My mother hails from West Pakistan. She has been a witness to Partition. I grew up on the stories of that time. I acted out the role from instinct.”

Nevertheless, she also considered that she had to act in the film for the boundaries to turn into permeable for artists.

Sabiha elaborated her consent as “We should have more Indian actors working in Pakistan. Artists from both sides should be able to use resources freely across the border.”


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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.