Pakistani actress Sanam Saeed plays Indian girl in Indo-Pak venture ‘Bachaana’

Pakistani model- actress Sanam Saeed will be cast as an Indian girl in Nasir Khan directorial debut ‘Bachaana’.  The actress found popularity among the Indian masses with her drama series ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ telecast on Indian television. Actor Mohib Mirza plays the male lead opposite Sanam.

The film is an Indo-Pakistan Venture with cast and crew from both the nations. The film is being shot in Mauritius.  ‘Bachaana is said to have captured cross-border relations on and off the screen.

Interstingly, Fawad Khan who made his Bollywood debut in the 2014 film Khoobsoorat, was cast opposite Sanam in the romantic series on a Zee entertainment channel which telecasts soaps and short films from across the border.

‘Bachaana’ is a romantic thriller film that will hit theatres in India and Pakistan together. The film is produced by Rizwan Saeed whose documentary ‘Made in Pakistan’ gained him prominence following its screening at the Mumbai International Film Festival.

The story of the film is about an effervescent Indian girl Aalia, played by Sanam who is compelled by circumstance to trust Vicky, played by Mohib, a Pakistani taxi driver in Mauritius. ‘Bachaana’ follows the couple’s adventurous journey of love.  

Sanam said she wanted to bridge the gap between the two nations and her movie is an attempt towards it. “Aalia’s character was very much unlike the roles I had played before. All of us, in whatever way we can, are trying to bridge the gaps and differences between India and Pakistan.

 “We have been die-hard fans of Indian movies for decades, and now they are enjoying our storytelling through the small screen. Our actors are crossing borders and so are our stories now. And that is what I saw in ‘Bachaana’. The film is light and easy. I was really enjoying getting into Aalia’s character with the mannerisms, clothes and diction,” she said.

Sanam also said that she had references and advice on Indian girls from the team they were working with. She however added, “At the end of the day though, Aalia is a south Asian girl that I am very familiar with - whether she be Indian or Pakistani. This is a contemporary, easy, breezy, feel-good rom-com. I am sure audiences in India and Pakistan will both enjoy this fun zesty story,” she said.

Director Nasir Khan said, “From the script to the actual shoot in Mauritius, it truly has been an adventure and if I were to sum up the film in one line, I would use the following dialogue from the movie “Ladki Hindustani ho ya Pakistani, ladki ladki hoti hai (A girl is a girl, whether she's an Indian or a Pakistani.”