Lahore, Dec 1 (www.pakdestiny.com) Apart from Veena Malik and Meera, six more Pakistani actresses/models – Hamaima Malik, Meesha Shafi, Mahreen Syed, Sarah Loran (known as Mona Liza), Mathira and Saeeda Imtiaz have also managed to get some act in the Bollywood.
Humaima, Mona Liza, Saeeda Imtiaz, Mahreen Syed, Meesha and Mathira are making serious progress in their pursuit of a big Bollywood break. While these actresses are still to find a foothold in Bollywood, Veena Malik, who was invited to be part of a reality show, has found her niche in the industry. Meera, who was probably one of the first Pak actress to act in Bollywood with Soni Razdan’s Nazar (2005), continues to work here.
Pakistani filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal, who made her directorial debut with Josh, “Given the current lack of film production in Pakistan, says it is natural for actresses to seek opportunities in India. Art and artistes play a positive role in Indian society; they are more valued in India than Pakistan. It is but natural to seek that kind of validation.”
Director Mahesh Bhatt says: “Mumbai is the Los Angeles of the East. It is the second entertainment capital of the world. If Yana, who hails from Eastern Europe, can use Bollywood to pole vault herself to fame, it’s natural for aspirants from the SAARC countries to do so. The girls from Pakistan speak chaste Urdu and are, therefore, looked upon as an asset. Our cultural DNA is the same.”
Meesha Shafi Will feature in Mira Nair’s adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Veena Malik Mumbai 125 Kms and The City That Never Sleeps
Mehreen Syed This Pakistani supermodel has been signed on for Lahore director Sanjay Puran Singh’s next
Humaima Malik Debuted in 2011 with Bol. She has now signed Sher and is in talks for a Vidhu Vinod Chopra film
Sarah Loren The actress formerly known as Mona Lizza will appear in Mukesh Bhatt’s Murder 3
Meera The actress last worked in Mahesh Bhatt’s Nazar and is now set to return to Bollywood