Bollywood is a home for many talents from all over the world. Many artists from different countries have come to the Indian film industry to pursue their career in modelling and films. Due to the full range of employment in our country, many actors from the neighbouring nations got an opportunity in India.
Here is the list of 20 Pakistani actors & actresses who worked in Bollywood:
Everyone’s favourite heartthrob from Pakistan finally took the plunge into Bollywood with the film Khoobsurat opposite Sonam Kapoor.Fawad’s dashing good looks and effortless onscreen charm had audiences swooning worldwide.
After Khoobsurat there is no turning back for this Pakistani idol. Working alongside Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra in the upcoming movie Kapoor and Sons, Fawad has shown that he is here to stay!
Another Pakistani heartthrob has managed to steal the hearts of adoring fans. His melodious voice helped him pave a successful music career in Pakistan, and this led to him following his creative opportunities in India.
Acting alongside Katrina Kaif in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011), Ali also lent his voice to the hit song ‘Madhubala’. Following this with the film Kill Dil (2014) and Total Siyapaa (2014), Ali has entrenched his stardom in Bollywood too.
Mikaal’s gorgeous looks and acting ability has been evident and praised in his successful television drama serials. Mikaal ventured into Bollywood with the action thriller Baby (2015) alongside Akshay Kumar.
However, with the film banned in Pakistan due to the controversy surrounding terrorism his Pakistani fans were unable to see him on screen.
The Dil-e-Muztar star Imran Abbas made his Bollywood debut opposite Bipasha Basu in sci-fi film Creature 3D. The film failed miserably but Imran gave Bollywood another shot with 2016’s Jaanisar. However, that also didn’t impress. He last appeared in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for a supporting role.
Churning out hits including ‘Doorie’ and ‘Yeh Meri Kahaani’, this Pakistan’s rock star built an impressive fan following and eventually became an international star. It didn’t take long for Bollywood music directors to rope in this talent to belt some hits.
After taking Bollywood by storm with hit songs including ‘Tu Jaane Na’, ‘Tere Liye’ and ‘Pehli Nazar Main’, Atif has secured a place as a successful singer in Bollywood films.
Mawre Hocane is another face who stepped into Bollywood to take her career to new heights. Before working in the Hindi films, she had worked in numerous Pakistani telefilms, Tv serials. In the year 2015, she showed her talent in the Hindi movie “Sanam Teri Kasam,” Her role in the movie as Saraswati “Saru” Parthasarthy won hearts of the audience.
Mahira’s sweet girl next door charm is difficult not to love. Lighting up the screen with her smile and charisma, she has gained a loyal fan following.
After the international success of the film Bol, Mahira was offered a chance in Bollywood with none other than the King himself Shahrukh Khan! She received laurels for her skillful acting in the film and became popular in the Indian film industry. However, she could not get the chance to promote the film in India due to cross-border issues between the two nations.
Sajal Ali is known for her superb acting in a wide range of Pakistani tv serials. Recently, she appeared in the Hindi movie Mom with Sridevi. In this movie, she impressed everyone with her acting skills and received honour from everyone.
Who doesn’t know Saba Qamar? Yes, the beautiful actresses who appeared in the movie “Hindi Medium” with Irrfan Khan in the year 2017. Everyone liked her glamorous looks and acting skills. However, not many people are aware of the fact that it was Irrfan Khan who recommended her for the movie, after seeing her acting on youtube videos.
Moammar Rana a famous filmstar worked in Bollywood movie Doobara in 2004 and then worked in few other films. Moammar Rana is never criticized for working in Indian films as all his films went unnoticed.
Now, how could we miss out on everyone’s favourite Miss Meera Jee? The star that Pakistan loves to hate, made her Bollywood debut with Indo-Pak joint project titled Nazar in 2005. As always, she managed to stir a controversy thanks to her bold role alongside Ashmit Patel. She later appeared in Kasak, starring Lucky Ali the same year.
Salman Shahid is known for his flawless acting and he also worked in few Bollywood movies. Kabul Express was his first film in 2006. Salman Shahid was lightly criticized for appearing in an anti Taliban role in this movie. Salman Shahid also worked in few other Indian films afterwards.
Currently rated amongst the top male actors of Pakistan, and also a close friend of Indian director Mahesh Bhatt, it’s hard to believe that Humayun Saeed’s foray into Bollywood didn’t go down too well.
The star played a negative role in Jashnn which starred many newcomers but the 2009 film failed miserably at the box office. And with that, the actor bought himself a one-way ticket back to Pakistan.
Mona Lizza also called Sara Loren
Sara Loren made her Bollywood debut with the movie “Kajraare.” She gained popularity through this romantic thriller, and this project opened the doors for her in the Hindi film industry. Her role in the movie “Murder 3” opposite Randeep Hooda made her a known face in India. Later she was seen in many Hindi films namely Barkha, Ishq Click, Sultanat, and Fraud Saiyaan.
Veena made her debut in Bollywood with the bold item song ‘Channo’ which was a hit! She followed this with another item song, ‘Fann Ban Gayi’.
Sparking controversy and distaste from the media in Pakistan, didn’t stop her from working in other Bollywood films. Veena has made her mark in Bollywood and is now married with two children.
Senior actor Javed Sheikh is a well-respected actor in both Pakistan and India. After a long successful career in Lollywood Javed has been welcomed by the Bollywood industry with open arms.
Working in Namastey London (2007) with stars such as Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, to Shahrukh Khan’s blockbuster Om Shanti Om (2007), he has proved his talent alongside Indian superstars.
Mathira who is known more for her controversies has appeared in an item song in Indian Punjabi film Young Malang. Mathira also announced that she is working in another Bollywood movie.
Alyy is a british citizen of Pakistani origin. He has worked in supporting roles in various Indian films like Stumped (2003), Nazar (2005) and others.
Meesha Shafi is another name in the list of Pakistani actresses and models who are working in the Bollywood. She got a short role in the Hindi movie “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and performed splendidly. Shafi also has an experience of working as a model in many fashion shows. Shafi started her modeling career at an early age.
Proving her acting worth in the super hit Pakistani film Bol (2011), Humaima received praise for her performance. Following this Humaima made her Bollywood debut alongside Emraan Hashmi in Raja Natwarlal (2014).
Flaunting her impressive figure in the item song ‘Namak Paare’, and sharing a passionate onscreen kiss with co-star Emraan, Humaima surely got the tabloids busy.