Hamza Ali Abbasi is currently raking in positive reviews for his performance in The Legend of Maula Jatt, and answering all of the burning questions by the press in the meantime. He was recently asked about any Bollywood projects he did not end up taking, to which he hesitantly opened up refusing to sign a role in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Judwaa 2.

When probed about why he rejected the film, which ended up starring Bollywood’s Varun Dhawan, Tapsee Pannu, and Jacqueline Fernandez, the actor brought up the tense situations between India and Pakistan at that moment, and how he was also uncomfortable with some of the scenes in the film.

“I have no idea, maybe because India and Pakistan have been at arm’s length and there were certain scenes in that film that I wasn’t comfortable with,” he said, not further elaborating on what kind of scenes he was referring to, or which role he was offered.

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This, however, isn’t the first time Abbasi has turned down a Bollywood project. Back in 2015, the actor was offered a role in a political thriller titled Baby, which the actor refused to take part in because of its content, which was mainly anti-Pakistan. The film starred Akshay Kumar in the lead role, and the role meant for Abbasi was then taken by Mikaal Zulfiqar.

“I was offered this Indian film Baby last year and I immediately said no to it seeing a slight anti-Pakistan element in its storyline. I am in favour of our artists working in Indian films, but if any film has even a slight anti-Pakistan theme, please think like a Pakistani first and then an artist,” he shared in a Facebook post back then.

Two of Abbasi’s recent costars, Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan, have both worked in successful Bollywood projects, with the former starring in Raees alongside Shah Rukh Khan, and the latter with multiple films under his belt, like Khoobsurat, Kapoor & Sons, and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.


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