Pakistani actors are dying to come to India: Naseeruddin Shah

The veteran actor also said Bollywood actors are 'dying to go to Hollywood'

Entertainment Desk June 11, 2016
The veteran actor says 'Pakistanis consider Bollywood to be the ultimate' PHOTO: HINDUSTANTIMES

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has said Indian actors have always "been dying" to go to Hollywood just like "Pakistani actors are dying to come to India."

A number of Bollywood A-listers such as Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have taken on Hollywood projects but Naseer thinks their new found glory won't last for long.

"Humesha se hi tha excitement (It was always there). Hindi actors have always been dying to go to Hollywood. They would give their arms to go there. It’s like Pakistani actors are dying to come to India," he said in a recent interview with Hindustan Times.

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"Pakistani people consider Bollywood to be the ultimate! I go there and they say 'waah kya films banai hai’,” he added.

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Naseer doesn't seem too supportive of fellow Indian actors either. “These people who are tom-tomming their entry into Hollywood are all going to come back very soon. Because Hollywood has no place for an Asian to play a lead. It’s a one-off thing.”

Naseer made his Hollywood debut in 2003 with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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Sridhar | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Shah is a failure in Hollywood. He was in a movie "A League of Extraordniary Gentlemen" that was extraordinarily bad and flopped! Shah has since not ventured into Hollywood and always harbors jealousy against ones who do and are successful. Examples of such people would include Saeed Jaffrey, Irfan Khan and more recently Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra. Bollywood actors may want to act in a Hollywood movie since that gives them a wider exposure and more money. They however do not give up on Bollywood when they do so. Pakistani actors are in a different league altogether. There is nothing called a Pakistani film industry. These actors, after sometime, have no work and many gravitate towards TV serials. Bollywood is a good escape route for them. Whether they succeed or not in Bollywood is another matter.
Maznir | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend We love watching bollywood and many Pakistani actors want to act in bollywood films because they are really well made, whats wrong with that? Why is he commenting so rudely? If some bolly actors have acted in hollywood, its called progressing, he should also try instead of dissing them.
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