Pakistani actor Fawad Khan showcased his talent in Bollywood with movies like Kapoor and Sons, Khoobsurat and others. He was also part of Karan Johar directorial movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that also featured Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan. Many of us might not know that Fawad was not the first choice for the movie. The makers had approached Mikaal Zulfiqar for the role at first.
Mikaal, who is a renowned model, TV and film actor, revealed this in an interview on a show at a private channel. He said that he was offered the role by the producer of the movie. The actor further revealed that he even auditioned for the role.
“I got the offer to work in the movie [Ae Dil Hai Mushkil]. I came to now that Fawad Khan has also auditioned for the role. Anyway, I decided to give the audition, though I was not much interested.
When asked by the host about not being interested, Mikaal said:
“It was a small appearance. When it comes to casting a Pakistani actor, they [Indian filmmakers] always give side roles to us as if we are some extra characters for them.”
The actor said that he only wanted to take the role because the movie had Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan whom he admires the most.
“The only thing on my mind was her [Aishwarya Rai]. I was thinking I would get a chance to work with her. She is a great actor. I always wanted to work with her, but not as a side character. IF I get any offer for the lead role, I will go for it,” he said.
Mikaal has worked in Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar starrer Baby. The movie, which also featured Taapsee Pannu, was based on anti-Pakistan content. However, the actor claimed that he was not aware of it when he had signed the movie.