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Indian film industry has far more credibility than the Pakistani film industry: Fawad Khan

Indian film industry has far more credibility than the Pakistani film industry: Fawad Khan

The Pakistani actor answers why Pakistani films cannot be played in Indian theatres
01 Aug, 2016

Through their hits dramas, Fawad Khan and Mahira have become sensations across the border, but is it also possible to see Pakistani films hit Indian theatres and make waves in India? At the moment, Fawad is on the fence about it.

According to Hindustan Times, the Pakistani actor feels the local industry needs more time to grow and blossom, as compared to Bollywood, since it has just started to mount back up again.

"The Indian film industry has been around for more than a 100 years now. So, it has far more credibility than the Pakistani film industry, which has witnessed a demise of sorts over the last 30 years. Now, the Pakistani film industry is getting back on its feet," he said.

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Saying that, Fawad, who has starred in hit Bollywood productions like Khoobsurat and Kapoor and Sons, firmly believes that the cross-border exchange of talent and film productions needs to branch out across both borders equally.

"The exchange of talent is increasing slowly. I would like an active exchange of movies too," he added. "We have been working on films and have been actively looking for talent from the Indian film industry to work with in Pakistani movies.”

He points out that this exchange is not only from his side, but also many veteran actors and filmmakers from the Bollywood fraternity. "And it is not just me. Film-makers such as Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, and actors such as Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah, have all been trying to work across the border. It will take some time, and hopefully, I will be one of the first ones [to witness that change firsthand]," said Fawad.

Fawad will next be seen playing a small role in KJo's upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The film is set to release October 28th.

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Giri Aug 01, 2016 11:56am
He is right. Long way to go.
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SSH Aug 01, 2016 12:01pm
His master's voice ...
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سے Shaam Aug 01, 2016 12:24pm
India's film industry is not limited to Bollywood (Hindi Cinema) only, people in Pakistan would be surprised to know Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali, Bengali, Punjabi..etc all regional movies have a very large base in India... India (entire regional belts) produces more movies in a month, than Hollywood does in a year.
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Li-En-Za Aug 01, 2016 12:28pm
A change of tone ?? Is that going to be more sharper in coming years?
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XOF Aug 01, 2016 12:33pm
It took them, 100 years to create dumb, crappy, annoying and real bad copy movies, well that's an insult to the term 'credible'
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hawk Aug 01, 2016 12:48pm
It is totally illogical to cliam equality in any field with India, for that you nee have equal capabilities which Pakistan cant have with given resource differences. British , Australian or any other English film industry cant cliam equality with hollywood. they will always remain subordinates of US
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Changez_Khan Aug 01, 2016 12:56pm
Fawad Khan, don't forget your roots and who made you famous.
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Shamim Aug 01, 2016 01:05pm
Pakistan was never known for its films but yes its TV drama serials are even far better than most of the Bollywood movies
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timetostopthis Aug 01, 2016 01:07pm
Lets stop dreaming. Nothing will ever change despite the common man wanting it as certain vested interests will never allow it.
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Madhusudan Aug 01, 2016 01:15pm
Why shaan is not doing any bollywood movie?
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Khwarizmi Aug 01, 2016 01:19pm
Om Puri and Nasiruddin Shah have found work in Pakistan. Art and artists knows no borders :)
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Funky Aug 01, 2016 01:28pm
Khubsoorat was hit? Lol
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sri1 Aug 01, 2016 01:31pm
Intermingling , learning, exchanging ideas, professionalism and talented artistes would help both industries just as it would help business, arts, medicine etc. But then there will always be a portion of insecure fear-mongers who will refer to cross-pollination as "subsuming" of one "culture" by another. There are enough audiences, enough markets and sufficient distinctness for all players to thrive, but then vested interests would want all such avenues of cooperation blocked.
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Madhusudan Aug 01, 2016 01:36pm
@XOF and you watch that stuff in either cinema hall or download it from the net.
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Syed Aug 01, 2016 01:50pm
What's the point of the statement? Isn't it stating the obvious?
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Sid Aug 01, 2016 01:54pm
@Madhusudan Because the guy has a strong moral and ethical compass!
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sachin Aug 01, 2016 01:55pm
@سے Shaam I dont know your nationality. But I think most Pakistanis think of India only as one homogeneous hindi speaking land. Sadly even in India the same is true of North India who have very little idea of south and east India.
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KnowTheTruth Aug 01, 2016 02:21pm
It's a shame that Pakistani actor compare Pakistani film industry with Bollywood. There must be some element of self respect in him. Pakistan has its own industry, which is still growing up. By finding few side roles this guy feels entitled to compare Pakistan industry with Bollywood.
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XOF Aug 01, 2016 03:21pm
@Madhusudan Id rather sleep or indulge into some sophisticated form of entertainment that even thinking of doing so or eat some thing healthy. Having an insight of lame trends and things around dsnt mean one is into it. Its a sign of awareness and knowledge.
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Rajdeep Aug 01, 2016 03:25pm
@XOF what did you build in last 69 years that's appreciated or at least acknowledged globally ???
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Salam Namaste Aug 01, 2016 03:38pm
Well, Fawad and Mahira serials are just popular and it is unfair to call them as 'sensation'. He looks great but his both movies are not really hit. Be practical, he will remain popular for another 2-3 years and then will vanish
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Picasso Aug 01, 2016 06:51pm
@Sid rightttt
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CALCUTTA MAN Aug 01, 2016 11:55pm
@XOF Google "Satyajit Ray"
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Dude1 Aug 02, 2016 08:06am
Money speaks..
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Vivek (Indore) Aug 02, 2016 08:38am
But the question is, how is Pakistani industry gonna grow if talented people like you keep coming to Bollywood.
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Zak@ Aug 02, 2016 09:02am
Pakistan has its own industry and it is developing. No need to get it fudged with others.
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Jonaid Malik Aug 02, 2016 01:52pm
Futile effort. Dont compete. Focus on your own culture and your own problems. Don't try to look similar to Bollywood, try and look as different as possible. We are not the same.
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Payal Queshi Aug 03, 2016 01:04am
@Zak@ ever since you got independence your film industry is still developing after 60 years; not appreciable!
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shiva Aug 03, 2016 01:12pm
@Funky if it was HIT , he was not the central character...
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Sonny Afridi Aug 03, 2016 06:49pm
Our tv serials industry is world ahead of theirs. And frankly Bollywood isn't that advanced; the storylines are always the same and often copied from Hollywood cinemas
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Pakistani Aug 05, 2016 10:24am
@Payal Queshi the trend of going to cinema is not popular in pakistan that's why our television industry bloomed and is far better in quality than yours
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Sridhar Aug 05, 2016 01:01pm
Well, Tamil film indusry's mega star Rajnikanth whose movie Kabali raked in 200 crore rupees even before it was released! This is from the sale of theatrical, endorsement deals and merchandise. And if India Today is to be believed, Rajnikanth earned rupees 600 crores in just one movie Kabali. This is more than what any of the Khans in Bollywood have earned in their lifetime so far! BTW, Rajnikanth is a big name in Japan, Hong Kong and latter seems to be interested in buying the rights for the movie.
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