Actress Aditi Singh, who appeared in the Big Boss promo as Salman Khan’s, neighbour, is making her debut in the Pakistan film industry.
Veteran Pakistani actor Javed Sheikh, who has done a number of cameos Indian films like Om Shanti Om, My Name is Anthony Gonsalves and Tamasha, has cast her in his upcoming movie Wajood.
Javed says: Casting Aditi is my answer to the ban; our hearts are bigger and open to everyone. Also, I feel our industry is growing and we do want to cast international actors. We’re now finally at a stage where we can import actors as well, of course, we can’t afford big stars, but one day, we will be able to,” Sheikh responded. “I don’t understand why they’ve placed a ban on Pakistani actors. Film-makers in India love working with us but this ban has been enforced upon them as well. I think our actors had started making a name there and perhaps that gave birth to some insecurity as well.”
Daughter of Shraddhha Singh (sister of Aditya Pancholi) and Jainendra Pratap Singh (former Bollywood actor, in Dayavan, Kohraam, Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin and many other films), Aditi made her debut as female lead in the Telugu film Guppedantha Prema.
Talking about going across the border to do a film, Aditi says she met Javed Sheikh when he was in Mumbai for the shooting of Happy Bhaag Jayegi.
“He narrated the script and then I decided this is a kind of a role which I wanted to do for long. The films I have done, those characters were of simple, girl next door type roles. Wajood’s Jessica is a glamorous and intense character. As an actor, I wanted to show that side to the world.”
Javed says: “Aditi fits the role as she plays a modern woman who wears short skirts. I felt that none of our local actresses had the body language to be able to carry such clothes but Aditi did it with complete ease”. But he ruled out any skin-show and said: “I don’t believe in unnecessarily plugging in item numbers in a movie. If the situation requires it, then it can be added in.”