Shoaib Mansoor speaks up

Published: October 26, 2015
A source close to Shoaib revealed he has only pitched the movie to Bebo so far. PHOTO: FILE

A source close to Shoaib revealed he has only pitched the movie to Bebo so far. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The rumour mill has been high on grist that Kareena Kapoor Khan is soon to appear in our very own Shoaib Mansoor’s next film. On the differing news making the rounds, Shoaib told The Express Tribune he’d like to remain mum for now.

“I wouldn’t like to comment or elaborate on these rumours for now,” said the director of Bol fame, clarifying that he has “not spoken to any publication” regarding the status of and casting for his upcoming movie. But a close friend of the Khuda Kay Liye helmsman confirmed the news about him having approached Kareena for the stint. “As far as I know, he has only pitched the movie to her so far,” said the source.

Conjecture brewed after Kareena expressed her admiration for Shoaib’s works, which was followed by news that the filmmaker has approached the Bollywood star for an upcoming project. Numerous Indian publications have reported conflicting statements, even stating that Kareena met Shoaib in Dubai for a formal script narration.

Kareena to star in Shoaib Mansoor’s next

“Although Kareena has verbally accepted the offer, she wants to hear the script. After that, she will sign the deal,” DNA India quoted a source as saying. “For a while now, she has been keeping an eye out for projects that will allow her to push the envelope and [she] believes that Shoaib’s story is one of them.”

According to the Times of India, Bebo is yet to sign the Pakistani film. Be that as it may, if the said deal materialises, this will be the first time a Bollywood A-lister would be seen in a local film. Previously, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah had played a special role in Shoaib’s 2007 film Khuda Kay Liye.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Shahdab
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:54AM

    Why do we need Kareena. We have more talented and beautiful actresses than her. Recommend

  • AsifButt
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:41AM

    The whole world is globalizing and there you are , prefering to stay stuck in your cradle…Recommend

  • Ashar
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:42AM

    @Shahdab it’s about names.Recommend

  • Antiq
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:26PM

    art has no nationality. She is a beautiful girl with some fine acting skills. I think its about time we keep our nationalism aside and let art grow beyond borders. Recommend

  • rabia
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:47PM

    May be she suits the role . she is actually a good actress not just a face like aishwariyaRecommend

  • Nil
    Oct 27, 2015 - 1:52PM

    @ Shadab

    So my dear if this is true then till date how many beauty titles Pakistan having on global level ? E.g. Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Earth and so on …….India has Aishwarya Rai(Miss World) Tanushree Datta (Miss World), Priiyanka Chopra (Miss World),Dyna Haydin(Miss World) Sushmita Sen(Miss Universe ) and many more. There are few more who won Asia your eyes and see the real world.Recommend

  • Pakhtun
    Oct 27, 2015 - 2:45PM


    Dear Nil, I think you are living on MARS and have no idea that Pakistan do not take part on those semi nude competitions. Otherwise everyone knows how has better look India or PakistanRecommend

  • Ahmed Shafique
    Oct 27, 2015 - 2:47PM

    It would be great to see Kareena in a movie directed by Shoaib Mansoor, she is an excellent actress and perhaps Pakistan can provide her with a role that would be worth her salt considering all the recent Bollywood flicks have been high on commercialism and low on content.

    On the flip side, having Kangana Ranaut would be even better (of course Shoaib being the director pitched it to Kareena for a reason).Recommend

  • Murtaza
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:50PM

    Probably Saif’s Phantom has done enough damage to their fame. I guess she want to be in a lollywood film to clear that smoke which was created by saif’s movie.Recommend

  • Abcd
    Oct 28, 2015 - 9:03AM

    Can Pakistan afford her salary? She pockets at least 1.5 million dollars per movie.Recommend

  • John
    Oct 28, 2015 - 12:15PM

    She’ll be paid the market rate prevalent in Pakistani and she should consider herself lucky if she gets even half of what you listed.She can choose not to work if Pakistan cannot “afford” her wages.It was herself who showed the desire to work with Shoman,not the other way around.Its good to come off from that pedestal that you have conveniently placed yourself on,once in a while.Recommend

  • nabidad
    Oct 28, 2015 - 1:24PM

    Kareena Kapoor is the best choice by my favourite versatile artiste Sir Shoaib Mansoor. Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:44PM

    I wish you didnt come up with this crap logic. Which real world? the one which actually crafts a sculpture before any beauty pageant by doing all those aesthetic procedures?

    Both countries have beautiful people but don’t fool yourself and people like yourself with this beauty superiority, which suits to an Indian and yeh, world knows it :pRecommend

  • Anon
    Oct 28, 2015 - 11:20PM

    Mansoor approached her with the script and pitched it to her. Clearly, it was he was made the first move. In bollywood, actors are approached with so many scripts they don’t even bother talking about it until the agreement is signed. And Kareena, who has worked with the likes of Raju Hirani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Vishal Bhardwaj isn’t going to reduce her fee just to work with Mansoor.Recommend

  • Anon
    Oct 28, 2015 - 11:24PM

    @Ahmed Shafique:
    So films like Piku, Mary Kom, Queen, Dum Laga ke Haisha, Tanu weds manu, Kahani, Highway are not high in content that actresses would have to go to lollywood, which can barely manage to churn out a dozen films a year, one or two of whom manage to make a profit? Recommend

  • Meghana
    Oct 29, 2015 - 5:41AM

    @Asy ma wail !:
    “aesthetic procedures” grapes are sour when you aren’t as beautiful. So malign them. No reason to hide behind imaginative conspiracy to balm your bruised ego, truth hurts we know.
    One must First compete and win in world beauty pagents to claim world beauty. Mere chest beating we are best won’t work.
    India has second most beauty tittles after VENEZUELA -miss world, miss World + miss universe combined, while your record is zero. Grow confidence to compete first.
    Indians have also topped world’s most beautiful woman list -Aishwarya beating hollywood actress on list. All 9 world beauties/most beautiful woman, actress feature together in loreal advertisement, “a” chinese, French, american, etc…not 1 but “3” indians in it. didn’t see your countrymen. It’s time for frog to come out of well and see reality. Recommend

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