More and more Pakistani models and actors are starring in Bollywood films. One reason is that Bollywood films have a big market in Pakistan and each film does business worth Rs 10 to 20 crores. So having a Pakistani in the cast helps the across the border market.
Pakistani actors in recent times include Nargis Fakhri, Veena Mallik, Somy Ali, Meera,Ahsan Khan, Ali Zafar, Imran Abbas and Humaima Malik.
The latest is Meesha Shafi who has been signed up by filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s for his Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic on India’s ace athlete Milkha Singh. Director-writer-producer-actor Farhan Akhtar is essaying the role of The Flying Sikh.
Pakistani singer-turned-actress Meesha Shafi also starred in the film adaptation of The Reluctant Fundamentalist directed by Mira Nair.