A number of Pakistani actors being able to find work in India speaks volumes about Bollywood as a dynamic, fast changing industry, large and successful enough to absorb talent from across the world. However, in the past few years, the rising animosity between India and Pakistan has spilled over into the area of culture. Following the Uri attacks, the Bollywood fraternity has taken a tough stance regarding giving work to Pakistani actors. However, amidst all this, there are several Pakistani artists from across the borders who have enticed the Indian audience with their amazing work:
1. Atif Aslam
Hindi song lovers are absolutely mad about this handsome melodious singer. There is no question about the popularity, which is growing each day. He was first introduced to Indian audience through his album ‘jal Pari.’ Later he made his first break in Mahesh Bhatt’s film with the song ‘Woh Lamhey.’
2. Fawad Khan
His popularity reached Indian audience when his Pakistani TV shows were aired here. With his debut in the film ‘Khoobsurat’ opposite to Sonam Kapoor, he gained nationwide exposure. It increased his fan following rapidly. He won the hearts of Indian audience with his flawless performance in the movie ‘Kapoor & Sons.’
3. Ali Zafar
Cute, playful, and dreamy! The adjectives will fall short while describing this singer-actor from Pakistan. Already a famous singer in the neighboring country, he also created a strong fan base in India. He launched himself as an actor with the Bollywood film ‘Tere Bin Laden.’ Since then he has given many praise-worthy performances for the Indian audiences.
4. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Creating this list is an injustice without mentioning the name of this celebrated singer. He is ruling the heart of audiences in both the countries with his amazing songs and powerful voice. He first enticed the India audience with his song ‘Mann Ki Lagan.’ Since then it’s his success story that says it all.
5. Mahira Khan
Pakistan has not only given us handsome artists but the beautiful divas too! One such gorgeous example is Mahira Khan. This lady made her lucky break opposite to King Khan in the movie ‘Raees.’ She didn’t fail to charm the audience with her amazing performance and cute smile.
6. Javed Sheikh
Another veteran actor of Pakistan who established his prominence in the Bollywood. First seen in the movie ‘Namastey London,’ he created a stable place in Indian film industry.
7. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
This legendary Pakistani singer kept Indian audience under wraps with his mesmerizing voice. He was an artist equally celebrated in both India and Pakistan.