The fate of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees is hanging on by a thread due to the presence of Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan (respectively) in it. Several celebs and political parties have come forward, protesting against their participation in Bollywood movies and it is yet to be seen how the filmmakers tackle the tricky situation. But what has come out as a real surprise for many is the news that the Pakistani heartthrob had already shot for an integral role in a recently released Bollywood movie.
And the film is none other than the Sushant Singh Rajput starrer MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
Yes, the latest buzz is that Fawad Khan played the role of Virat Kohli in the MSD biopic and had some really crucial scenes with Sushant. The actor had shot for the months before the release of the film but the same was never announced the makers wanted his role to be a surprise one and, hence, his presence in the film was a well-kept secret.
However, following the protest against Pakistani actors after the Uri attacks, director Neeraj Pandey had to take the tough call of chopping Fawad’s role of the film. A report published in India Today claims that the renowned director didn’t want anything to go wrong with the film and, hence, edited a fresh cut of the film just a week before its release.
“Neeraj Pandey didn’t want any negative publicity or controversy around the film. Though Fawad Khan’s character was an integral part of the film, it wasn’t as important as that of MS Dhoni’s. So he thought it’s better to do away with Fawad’s portions in the film than face the ire of this controversy. Neeraj didn’t want the focus of the film to shift from MS Dhoni and Sushant Singh Rajput to Fawad Khan, Virat Kohli and Pakistan,” said a source close to the film.
The source added that the Fawad wasn’t aware of the development till the release of the film, which we feel must have been really heart-breaking for the actor. Also, we missed out to watch the camaraderie between Dhoni and Virat on the big screen. But alas, the damage has been done!
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H/T: India Today.
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