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I know Pakistanis will watch ADHM despite the ban: Pakistani actor Imran Abbas

Published Nov 8, 2016, 8:08 pm IST
Updated Nov 8, 2016, 8:08 pm IST
In an interview to a leading daily, Imran Abbas, who plays Anushka’s boyfriend in ADHM, speaks about India.
Imran Abbas with Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma.
 Imran Abbas with Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma.

Mumbai: Unlike Fawad Khan, Imran was lucky to escape the verbal thrashing for featuring in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. But the popular Pakistani star is heartbroken that the film, which is by far his finest project in Bollywood, did not screen in his country.

When asked how he feels about the self-imposed ban on films and TV series’ in both the nations, the actor confessed to being upset about it and expressed his concern over the heightening tension between these two neighbouring countries.


“It felt bad, more so because of the tense relationship between India and Pakistan. But it’s a very sensitive subject and I wouldn’t want to get into it. Having said that, I’m sad that Bollywood movies aren’t showing in (Pakistani) cinemas.”

Imran also revealed that he knows people who have flown out of Pakistan just to watch ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’.

“…I know though that fans of Karan [Johar], Ranbir [Kapoor] and Anushka [Sharma] here would watch ADHM anyway, on pirated DVDs, or via torrent downloads. I even know of people who went to Dubai to watch the movie in theatres,” revealed Abbas.


A couple of days back, news of Abbas confirming over social media that Karan Johar has chopped out four of his scenes from ADHM were doing the rounds. When asked, he clarified that he has not even watched the film yet.

Imran, who had debuted opposite Bipasha Basu in ‘Creature 3D’ and also featured as the male lead in ‘Jaanisar’ alongside Pernia Qureshi, has no hard feelings against India where he has only received love.

“…But in normal circumstances, it would be very different. I can vouch for that because I have got great love from the Indian public. I never faced any negativity,” confessed Abbas.


If normalcy returns between the two nations, he would love to come back to Bollywood.

“I had a great time working in the Hindi film industry, and any actor would only be happy to get the chance to be part of Bollywood. But I am not obsessed about any particular workplace. I am open to good offers from literally anywhere in the world,” he explained.