MUMBAI: Tensions between Pakistan and India seem to be escalating everyday. Actors and people from the film industry who are of influence have come out in support or against the sentiment of war perpetuating on both sides. However, many of them have had to face the heat; many are still under fire.
Karan Johar and other stakeowners of the film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ were considering replacing Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan with someone Indian.
Quoting an unnamed source, Indian media reports, “Karan’s film releases on Diwali, but because of the anti-Pakistani wave that is sweeping through India right now, he is facing a dual dilemma — it is too late to replace Fawad, but his female leads play Pakistani women. So what he is planning to do is tweak the script a bit and work it in such a way that they are no longer Pakistani citizens, but belong to another country.”
The female leads will be played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma.
Aish plays a poetess Saba Taliyar Khan and Anushka plays Alizeh, a girl who loses her love (Fawad) and finds love in Ranbir Kapoor.
The source further said Karan and his creative team considered experimenting with face replacement technology and replace Fawad’s face with Saif Ali Khan’s.
“But that would have taken a long time and the film is too close to release,” the source added.
But why Saif Ali Khan? For those unaware, initially, Karan wanted Saif to play Fawad’s role. He had talked to the Nawab about it too but later changed his mind and roped the Pakistani actor in instead. – SAMAA