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Momal Sheikh: The craze for cross border actors is immense in India & Pakistan



August 19, 2016 6:58:34 PM IST
By Ruchita Mishra, Glamsham Editorial
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Momal Sheikh, renowned Pakistani actress, who was seen in several Pakistani shows like, ‘Yeh Zindagi Hai', ‘Mirat Ul Uroos', ‘Kadoorat' and ‘Mujhe Khuda Pe Yaqeen Hai', has made her Bollywood debut with HAPPY BHAAG JAYEGI opposite Abhay Deol, Jimmy Sherigill and Ali Fazal.

Momal Sheikh makes a striking debut with HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI and she is thrilled to be part of it. In conversation with Momal as she speaks about her first Bollywood project and how she conquered her dream of getting into this industry and sheds light upon difference between Pakistani and Bollywood industry.

Excerpts of the interview:


MOMAL SHEIKH
MOMAL SHEIKH

How did you bag HAPPY BHAAG JAYEGI?
Mudassar Aziz approached me as he has seen considerable amount of work that I had done so far. I gave audition and was through.

Why a Bollywood movie?
Why not? I have always loved the grandeur and Bollywood films I love everything about it and when I was approached I was all ready for it.

How did you prepare for your role?
I play a Pakistani. So I really didn't have to prepare much. But yes with the cross border romance I did teach Abhay few things as he is opposite me in the film.

Like we have Fawad Khan's craze here in India, is Pakistani media well versed with B-town celebs?
Yes, we have huge fan following of Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and many more celebs in Pakistan. In fact I remember when I told people I am from Pakistan people here asked me if I have met Fawad khan and do I know him well. The craze for cross border actors is immense in both the countries.

Who is your favourite Bollywood actor?
I like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman khan I would love to work with them. In fact I would want to work with Fawad in Bollywood movie too.

How is Pakistani industry different from Bollywood?
Not much of a difference. It's just that its way too glamourizes here. There are certain restrictions there.

Are you open to Bollywood movies post HAPPY BHAAG JAYEGI?
Yes why not, I want to balance between both Pakistani television and also Bollywood movies.

How was it working with Diana Penty and other cast?
It was good. In fact I and Diana bonded like sisters.


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