One person that received a lot of backlash from an Indian political party after the Uri attacks last year was Karan Johar, who cast Fawad Khan in his movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, putting the movie’s release in turmoil. Although Johar has always maintained a clear distinction between politics and art, claiming both shouldn’t collide with one another, he came under pressure and promised to never cast a Pakistani actor again. Things may be tense between the two countries, but that doesn’t stop Johar from praising our very own Khan.
At a recent visit upon invite to the London School of Economics, during at a meet and greet session, Johar was asked whether or not he’d team up with Pakistani talent again? Johar replied,
“For me talent has no boundaries, but unfortunately I stand in the minority. Therefore, there are modalities, legalities and there is a circumstance that surrounds us that restricts our exceptionally progressive sports.”
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On talking about his experience working with Fawad, it was nice to hear the director/producer speak highly of him,
“I think some of the most exceptional talent comes from Pakistan. I had the honour and pleasure to actually direct Fawad Khan, whose work is exceptional.”
With Khan agreeing to play a gay role in Kapoor & Sons, Johar continued,
“It was immensely brave of him to do what he did in Kapoor & Sons. After six actors had said no to the part, it was tremendously courageous of him to say yes. I wish our cinema and industries in general, would be exposed to such enormous talent like Fawad Khan.”
We agree with Johar, Khan is indeed a talented actor, who in a short timespan made his mark in Bollywood. While we’re unsure whether the actor will ever star in an Indian movie, we look forward to watching the heartthrob in Bilal Lashari’s upcoming untitled movie, where he’ll be seen opposite Mahira Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi.