Artists from Pakistan have worked in Bollywood numerous times and Ali Zafar is an example of such talent being utilized in our Hindi film industry. But few years ago, things went haywire and artists from the arch-rival nation were banned from Bollywood which changed a lot of equations. And because of this situation, Pakistani actress Maya Ali lost a chance to act alongside top star Akshay Kumar in a film which is a hit project. However, the actress claims that this is old news and surfaced only recently because of a response she gave to a UAE based tabloid.
I was asked if I’ve ever gotten such an offer to which I answered yes. When I was shooting for Mann Mayal, I got this offer for which I went to India. Right after Mann Mayal I went to India, I auditioned, everything was finalized, but because of the ban things couldn’t pan out as planned. Even after that we tried working things out, considered shooting at different locations besides India but things couldn’t materialize. After the ban the dynamics changed, and as of now I am not doing any movie with Akshay Kumar,” Maya Ali was quoted as saying.
Pakistan actresses working in Bollywood is not a new thing we know of. Mahira Khan featured alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Rayees which was directed by Rahul Dholakia. And since the ban, the actress too has been away from Bollywood due to understandable reasons.
Speaking about Akshay Kumar, the Housefull actor is currently working on Rohit Shetty directorial Sooryavanshi which is a cop story. The actor has already shot for major portions in the film which is another instalment from the cop franchise of the Singam director. Sooryavanshi stars Katrina Kaif in the lead role and the actress too has begun shooting for her portions.