- Mahira Khan in <em>Raees</em>!
- Imran Abbas in <em>Ae Dil Hai Mushkil</em> and more!
- Sajal Ali and Adnan Siddiqui in a film with Sridevi!
- Faizan Khawaja in <em>Bankster</em>!
- Momal Sheikh in <em>Happy Bhaag Jayegi</em>!
- Adeel Chaudhry in <em>Rhythm</em> & <em>Bhaangarh</em>!
- Fawad Khan in <em>Kapoor & Sons</em> and <em>Ae Dil Hai Mushkil</em>!
- Om Puri in <em>Actor In Law</em> & <em>Hotal</em>!
- Rajpal Yadav in <em>Sawal 700 Crore Ka</em>!
The trade of talent between India and Pakistan has been there from the time when Zeba Bakhtiar appeared in Hina and Kiron Kherr in Khamosh Pani. Now, we see Kareena Kapoor Khan and Deepika Padukone being the face of lawn campaigns.
But in recent times, the cross-border exchange (of artists) has grown exponentially. With Ahsan Khan visiting forts in Delhi, to Pooja Bhatt enjoying Ho Mann Jahaan; I can proudly say that the two nations are coming closer.
Here, I list twelve such actors to whom borders don't matter and they're all about showcasing their talent in whatever capacity they can.
Mahira Khan in Raees!
Humsafar star, Mahira Khan's big Bollywood debut opposite Shahrukh Khan in Rahul Dholakia's Raees, is surely creating quite a stir in the industry. The crime-drama film will revolve around a bootlegger, and will see Khan playing the wife of SRK.
Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Muhammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Aarya Babbar, and Anil Mange in supporting roles, the Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment production is currently in its last shooting stages and will hit the big screens this Eid!
Imran Abbas in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and more!
The model-turned-actor made his B-Town debut opposite Bipasha Basu in Creature 3D, and continued his journey with period film Janisaar by Muzaffar Ali.
Imran Abbas will now be seen in Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil opposite Anushka Sharma, whereas Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai will also be seen in leading characters.
The story surely doesn't end her my friend, because, a source close to the actor told HIP that Abbas has just signed two more films across the border. We look forward to seeing him on the big screen in multiple projects!
Sajal Ali and Adnan Siddiqui in a film with Sridevi!
HIP recently broke the news of Pakistani actors, Sajal Ali and Adnan Siddiqui's Bollywood debut with none other than the diva, Sridevi. Siddiqui, who previously worked with Angeline Jolie in A Mighty Heart, will be seen in his second international production, whereas it's the first one for Chup Raho and Gul-e-Rana fame Ali.
Reports suggest, the actors will be seen in a film called Mom, where Ali will play Sridevi's daughter. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshay Khana.
Faizan Khawaja in Bankster!
The young and the restless, singer-turned-actor, Faizan Khawaja took the whole industry by storm in 2014. Khawaja was nowhere to be found last year. Well, because he was busy with his project across the border.
The actor will be seen in a film by debutant filmmaker, Azaan Khan (son of ex-Bollywood diva, Zeenat Aman), called Bankster, and will play one of the protagonists. The film will revolve around three bank robbers, and Khawaja will be seen alongside Naseeuddin Shah.
Set to release this May, we can't wait to see the action and thriller this actor will bring on our big screen!
Momal Sheikh in Happy Bhaag Jayegi!
The starlet, Momal Sheikh of Mirat-Ul-Uroos and Kadoorat fame, is all set for her big screen debut, and that too in Bollywood. Directed by Mudasaar Aziz of Tanu Weds Mannu fame; Sheikh will be seen playing the fiancé of renowned actor, Abhay Deol in Happy Bhaag Jayegi.
The film also stars Diana Penty, Jimmy Shergil, Ali Fazal and the Sheikh's father (already established B-Town actor), Javed Sheikh. The film promises to be a light-hearted family rom-com and will hit the cinema screens this summer!
Adeel Chaudhry in Rhythm & Bhaangarh!
This pop star made a smashing debut across the border. After several commercials in India (including three with Shahrukh Khan), a turn towards films was definitely on the cards.
Adeel Chaudhry appeared in Vivek Kumar's musical, Rhythm opposite Rinil Routh. Interestingly enough, the music of the film was done by Chaudhry and veteran Pakistani musician, Salman Ahmad.
After gaining critical appraise for his performance, the singer-turned-actor completed shooting for his second Bollywood film by Dillip Sood, titled Bhaangarh. A horror film based on true events; the film's release date hasn't been locked as yet.
Sohai Ali Abro in Googly Ho Gayi!
Yes! You read that right, the Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and Wrong No. diva, Sohai Ali Abro is all charged up for her B-Town debut. That too in a Subhash Singh and Sonali Singh production.
The the actress will be seen romancing none other than the multi-talented, Parth Samthaan. Googly Ho Gayi also stars Zarina Wahab, Ritu Shivpuri, Flora Saini, Gavvy Chahal in supporting roles.
At the film's press conference, the producer revealed that Abro signed the film as soon as she got to know who her co-star will be. Set to release early next year, the rom-com's shoot is currently underway!
Fawad Khan in Kapoor & Sons and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!
Fawad Khan might just be the next King Khan in B-Town. After taking the whole industry by storm with just one very Khoobsurat film; you can see Khan ruling magazine covers, newspapers, and television channels in India.
Dharma Productions venture, Kapoor & Sons, has our very own heartthrob alongside Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Rishi Kapoor. The film has released to housefuls today.
The actor is all geared up for his second film with the same production house called Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. It has an ensemble cast including Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwariya Rai, Fawad Khan, and Imran Abbas. Despite having an extended cameo, accoridng to Khan his role will be the 'backbone' of the film.
Naseeruddin Shah in Jeevan Haathi!
Returning to Pakistan yet again, one of the most experienced and gifted actors of Bollywood, Naseruddin Shah, is now all set for his third film here. After Khuda Kay Liye and Zinda Bhaag, the actor will now be seen playing a major role in Jeevan Haathi - a Zeel For Unity film from the makers of Zinda Bhaag, Meenu and Farjad.
The dark comedy film stars Hina Dilpazir, Adnan Jaffar, Saif-e-Hasan, and Samiya Mumtaz, besides Shah. Tracing the life of a morning show host, the film will air on Zee Zindagi soon.
Om Puri in Actor In Law & Hotal!
Renowned actor, Om Puri is all set for his cinematic ventures in Pakistan!
Puri will be seen in Khalid Hassan Khan's psycho-thriller film Hotal which also stars Meera, and is set to release on the 8th of April.
But that's certainly not all, he will also be seen playing a lead role in Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza's political satire film, Actor In Law. Puri will be seen alongside Fahad Mustafa, Mehwish Hayat, Alyy Khan, Saboor Aly and Saif-e-Hasan. Besides that, rumours about the actor doing yet another film in Pakistan have been doing rounds. You never know we might just hear another news soon.
Rajpal Yadav in Sawal 700 Crore Ka!
How can we not know the actor whose dialogues in Chup Chup Ke had us in fits. Well, it's none other than Rajpal Yadav. All charged up for his big Pakistani debut, Yadav will be seen in Jamshed Jan Mehmood's action/suspense extravaganza, Sawal 700 Crore Ka.
The film has a stellar cast of Javed Sheikh, Shamoon Abbasi, Ghulam Mohiuddin, Ismail Tara and Iftikhar Thakur. Not much has been revealed about the story line, but we can easily figure it out by 'carefully' reading it's name.
Set to release later this year, we are eager to see Yadav tickle our funny bone, and that too in a Pakistani film!