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10 Pakistani Celebrities who Refused or Couldn’t Work in Bollywood



Before the restrictions on Pakistani celebrities, a large number of artists, musicians, comedians, actors worked in Bollywood movies. They contributed a lot to the betterment of the Bollywood industry. There is also a long list of those celebrities who were offered high budget movies in Bollywood, but they refused to work or couldn’t take the offer. Here is a list of those Pakistani celebrities who either refused voluntarily or couldn’t proceed due to inevitable reasons.

Shehnaz Sheikh:

Shehnaz Sheikh is among the most loved actresses of Pakistan. She got many offers from Bollywood after her hit dramas like Ankahi and Tanhaiyaan, but she refused all the offers. There were also rumors in the industry that Amitabh Bachan wanted to work with Sehnaz. Legendary actor and director Raj Kapoor also liked Shehnaz and wanted to work with her. Shehnaz Sheikh rejected all the offers saying that she was no longer interested in acting.










Arifa Siddique:

Famous writer Javed Akhtar revealed that Amitabh Bachpan recommended Arifa Siddique for a leading role in his movie. Arifa Siddique was a TV actress who was famous for her innocent looks on the screen. Due to the dictatorship of Zia-ul-Haq, traveling between Pakistan and India was restricted, and that’s why she couldn’t be a part of that movie.








Shaan Shahid:

The superstar of the Pakistani entertainment industry Shaan Shahid got offers almost seven times from the Bollywood. Shaan turned down all the proposals due to the missing of the leading role in those offers. The most notable offer was the role of a villain in the Blockbuster movie Ghajini. According to the sources, Aamir Khan contacted Shaan several times, but he refused to work. Shaan revealed that the offers by Bollywood were not of his stature.











Mehvish Hayat:

Most famous and supergirl of Pakistan film industry Mehwish Hayat was also got an offer from Bollywood in 2014 for a Punjabi movie Jatt James Bond, which she refused due to its low quality. Afterward, she rejected all the offers from Bollywood as she said I’d rather speak the truth and not get cast in their movies. She highlighted that Pakistani’s are portrayed negatively in Bollywood movies, and that’s the reason she doesn’t want to work in Bollywood.










Ayeza Khan:

The current sensation of Pakistan film industry Ayeza Khan got offers from famous Bollywood directors Sanjay Lila Bhansali and Imtiaz Ali. She rejected all the offers because she wants to continue working in the Pakistan film industry.










Hamza Ali Abbasi:

Famous actor Hamza Ali Abbasi got the lead offer for a high budget movie Baby, which he turned down due to its controversial storyline. The film had anti-Pakistani elements and portrayed a negative image of Pakistan. After the rejection from Hamza Ali Abbasi, Akshay Kumar played the leading role in the movie.











Fahad Mustafa:

Super talented Fahad Mustafa was offered a leading role in a movie by the prominent director Mahesh Bhatt. He turned down the offer due to some unavoidable situations.















Sanam Jung:

The super talented actress, VJ, host, and model Sanam Jung rejected Bollywood offers because of the bold scenes in the movies. She says that she will never be a part of any movie which has bold or nude scenes.









Faisal Qureshi:

Popular actor and TV host Faisal Qureshi got three times lead role offers from Bollywood, which he turned down due to some inevitable situations.










Maya Ali:

Super gorgeous actress Maya Ali revealed in an interview that she got a lead offer in a film with Akshay Kumar. She went to India for the audition, but due to some unfavorable circumstances, she turned down the offer.

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Pakistani Govt gave a National Award to a Sexual Harasser, Iffat Omar



On the occasion of Independence Day, the President of Pakistan announced to give civil awards to 184 personalities who have rendered services to the country. On which actress Iffat Omar wrote on Twitter yesterday, without naming anyone, that in the 21st century it is only possible in Pakistan to give an award by the government to a person allegedly involved in sexual harassment.

She also used the hashtag “Long live Pakistan”. Iffat Omar did not specify in her tweet who she was talking about, but her tweet went viral on social media.

It should be noted that two years ago in 2018, singer Meesha Shafi had accused singer and actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, which led to a long legal battle between the two. Ali Zafar later claimed that Meesha Shafi could not prove her allegations, the court dismissed her case and thus Ali Zafar won the case.

According to social media users, the actress has said this about Ali Zafar. A large number of social media users came out in favor of Ali Zafar and criticized actress Iffat Omar for making allegations without any evidence. They are saying that if she has any evidence, she should present it in court.

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Turkish Actor Engin Altan aka Ertugrul has Arrived in Pakistan



Turkish actor Engin Altan, who played the lead role of an Islamic hero in the popular Turkish drama Ertugrul Ghazi that is based on Islamic conquests, has arrived in Pakistan today. During his stay in Pakistan, he will meet various political and social figures.

The visit of Engin Altan will further expand the cultural ties between Pakistan and Turkey, while in the future the two countries will have the opportunity to produce standard dramas and films with joint productions.

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Engin Altan #Aka #Erugrul all set to visit #Pakistan on #18thAugust to meet three critically ill #children ..who wanted to meet him . What a beautiful gesture towards Pakistan to strengthen #pakturk #friendship #💯 . @enginaltandzytn #celebspakistan . #enginaltandüzyatan #ertuğrul #ertugrulgazi #goodnews #pakistani

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This visit of the Turkish actor is also very important in the sense that at the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan, this drama based on the history of the struggle of the Ottoman Caliphate was aired on Pakistan Television with Urdu dubbing.

The play became very popular among the Pakistani audience and has been watched by millions of viewers. After which it was ranked among the most popular series of the world.

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Criticism against the Turkish drama ‘Ertugrul’ by some Pakistani Artists is Shameful, Zahid Ahmed



The series of statements in favor of or against the Turkish drama serial based on Islamic conquests is not new. Many Pakistani artists have made statements in favor of it, and in their view, similar Islamic and instructive stories should be worked on in Pakistan as well.

On the other hand, there are some actors who say that there should be a ban on broadcasting foreign content on state TV in Pakistan and according to such artists, their rights are being violated by introducing foreign actors and dramas. Zahid Ahmed, a well-known actor, replied to such artists and actors, and expressed his views during the Instagram live session.

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He said that he feels sorry that Pakistan, despite being a Muslim country, is not making such content. He openly accepted the success and popularity of ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’ in Pakistan.

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Pakistani actor #ZahidAhmed believes religious content based on historic figures should be incorporated in Pakistani dramas, and mentions the success of Turkish drama Diriliş:Ertuğrul which is currently being aired on PTV as an example. He also says that some local celebrities behaved quite shamefully when it came to airing foreign content on national channels when instead they should have been more welcoming because their job opportunities aren't going anywhere. @zahid.ahmed.official – Video by @wajihuddin

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The actor said that the argument made by some artists against the series was very embarrassing and useless. Artists have concerns about foreign content is being broadcast in Pakistan, which will cause problems for their jobs.

Zahid Ahmed said that if you are good at your job then you should not worry because your job will not go anywhere. We should be ashamed that we as a Muslim country are unable to produce such material.

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