Hamza Ali Abbasi Recalls Rejecting Plum Bollywood Offers

Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi is amongst the most successful actors of present times, with blockbuster films and dramas under his belt, the actor enjoys transnational popularity. Abbasi is basking in the success of his recent film ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt’ that is raking in huge moolah at the domestic and international box office. The audience and critics have given a thumbs up to his flawless portrayal of Noori Natt.

During a promotional interview for The Legend of Maula Jatt, the Alif actor revealed that he declined a couple of plum Bollywood offers. The first being Sajid Nadiawala’s ‘Judwaa 2’ which later starred Varun Dhawan, Tapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandez. “At that time India and Pakistan have been at arm’s length and there were certain scenes in that film that I wasn’t comfortable with,” Hamza told The Current

Hamza Ali Abbasi

The second film rejected by Abbasi was Akshay Kumar’s political thriller ‘Baby’ due to its anti-Pakistan content. “I was offered this Indian film Baby last year and I immediately said no to it seeing a slight anti-Pakistan element in its storyline. I am in favour of our artists working in Indian films, but if any film has even a slight anti-Pakistan theme, please think like a Pakistani first and then an artiste,” he had shared on his Facebook back in the day. Later, Pakistani actor, Mikaal Zulfiqar, played the role.

Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi called on Pakistani actors to boycott Bollywood in 2016. In another Facebook post, he had said, “Indian government is threatening to cut off Pakistan’s water supply and now two Pakistani soldiers have been martyred on LOC while Indian Army continues to shed blood in Kashmir. The time has come when Pakistani artists must boycott Bollywood and Pakistani people must stop watching Indian content.” The boycott continues to this day.

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