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