While many from the Bollywood fraternity have spoken against the MNS conclusion to prohibit all Pakistani actors working in Indian films, director Abhishek Jawkar, who debuted in the industry with a thriller movie called ‘Missing On A Weekend’, says he was intending to cast Pakistani celebrity Mawra Hocane for his movie ‘Not a Prostitute’ but now he’s dropped the strategy.
“I WOn’t work with any Pakistani performers within my forthcoming film ‘Not a Prostitute’ or within my future jobs also. I was planning to cast Pakistani performer Mawra Hocane as the leading lady of my movie ‘Not a Prostitute’. But now after the Uri attack and India’s surgical attack response, I firmly feel I should support my country and the soldiers fighting for our state,” Jawkar said.
The manager, though refused about Mawra being a part of his job, said the name of the leading lady will be declared shortly. “Casting a lead lady may take a week more and we are planning to go on floors in November,” he said. Mawra last acted in the movie ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ and was famous for the song “Tu kheench meri photo”. Director/Producer Jawkar is based on the escort business. ‘Not a Prostitute’ to be made under the banner of Red Lightbulb studios, has been written by him and is scheduled to release in November 2017.
With the MNS decision coming true steadily and slowly, lots of filmmakers are completely at a soup with their forthcoming films starring the targeted Pakistani actors staying incomplete. While some like Mahesh Bhatt and Karan Johar have shared their view, other celebs like Ranbir Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut decided to remain neutral. And then we had Salman Khan who supported these actors, saying that “they’re artistes, not terrorists”.
Though one of the targeted actors, Fawad Khan, remained silent on the whole dilemma, the ‘Raees’ actress Mahira Khan has subtly showed her take on the problem by tweeting a buff’s hand written letter. She shared a post, which seems to be something written by a Pakistani girl and took to her Twitter handle. The post soon went viral. Alizay got a lot of praise from netizens from both India and Pakistan.