Every Pakistani actor wants to work in Bollywood, says Javed Sheikh of ‘Om Shanti Om’


Bollywood has always given good opportunities to Pakistani actors. One of the most featured Pakistani character artistes in Bollywood, Javed Sheikh said every Pakistani actor wanted to work in India.

Javed, who is currently shooting for in Shimla for Imtiaz Ali’s film ‘Tamasha’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, said actors from across the border like to work in Bollywood because it is a very big industry, more advanced, more professional having more opportunities, big thinking and big money too. 

Javed started doing Bollywood movies since 2005. He has worked for films like ‘Namastey London’, ‘Om Shanti Om’, and ‘Chak De India!’ and also played a supporting role in ‘Jannat’. But despite being a familiar face, he has not got pivotal roles in Hindi films.

Agreeing that he would love to essay crucial characters in Hindi movies, he said Bollywood was a new place for him and it will take some time to earn him recognition. The Pakistani actor-director likened his small roles in Bollywood to that of Amitabh Bachchan in Hollywood film ‘The Great Gatsby’ and Anil Kapoor in ‘Mission Impossible’.

“But things have started changing a bit with the audience accepting me, and in ‘Tamasha’ I have a good role and play the father of Ranbir’s character,” the actor told a national daily. He also added that in his next film with Muzaffar Ali, he has a key role to play.

Javed however, said that he is not interested in doing television series in India as they are very lengthy. He had otherwise, appeared in a number drams for Pakistani television.

Pakistani film industry had reached its nadir in the 1990s when Javed Sheikh made the country’s first Dolby Digital film ‘Yea Dil Aapka Hua’, the music for which was recorded in India with singers like Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurty, Sonu Nigam and Kumar Sanu. Choreographer Saroj Khan was also roped in for the film. Though a costly film, it heralded the revival of the Pakistani film industry, Javed said.

From Salma Agha, Zeba Bakhtiar, Mohsin Khan to Ali Zafar, Fawad Khan and now Atif Aslam and Imraan Abbas, all these artistes from across the border have made a mark in Bollywood.