Cinematic novelty and uniqueness can be ensured if a story is not only presented in a different way, but the actors performing in the story also bring innovation to the film.
And this is why production houses across the world are going beyond their original industry to cast an actor who best suits the role. The same is adopted by the Indian film industry.
Bollywood started the trend of casting Pakistani actors in movies. Beginning from Meera to Mahira Khan, Imran Abbas to Fawad Khan; many actors have acted in Indian movies and left a mark.
The new additions to this list are the doe-eyed beauty, Sajal Ali, and the most versatile actor, Adnan Siddiqui.
Both starred in Mom alongside Bollywood big-wigs like Sridevi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Akshay Khanna.
The duo beautifully portrayed the father-daughter relationship and moved even staunch Indian movie critics with their acting skills.
Sajal Ali is now being called lookalike of Kareena by almost every Indian critic.
Reported by Hindustan Times, the film producer, Boney Kapoor had the following to say about the two actors:
“We have two very talented actors Sajal and Adnan who are unfortunately not here (to promote the film) but their contribution to the film is immense”.
Director Ravi Udyawar also praised the Pakistani actors. He said:
“I had a great time working with Adnan and Sajal. It was refreshing to see them. They brought something special on screen. Sajal plays the daughter’s role and there were many silent scenes in the film and she delivered them brilliantly. Adnan is a great actor. They both did a good job…”
Times of India rated the movie four stars and wrote the following in her praise:
‘Dew fresh Sajal Ali, who seems to have grown up watching Kareena Kapoor films, seems like a clone of the senior actor. But this is not to take away from her otherwise adept performance.’
In a short clip, an emotional Sri Devi expressed her grief over the fact that because of unavoidable political issues, the duo had to miss promotion events in India. This statement shows the amount of love and respect earned by the Pakistan duo.
Both Adnan Siddiqui and Sajal Ali are the assets of Pakistan’s entertainment industry. It is good to note that they have earned massive respect across the border. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, book your tickets right now and have a VeryFilmi hang out!
Contributed by: Aimen Siddiqui