Amitabh Bachchan, who was all set to play a Pakistani protagonist in Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty’s directorial debut, recently decided to quietly leave the afore-mentioned project.
Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat, who’s one of the most sought-after actresses of the Pakistani entertainment industry and has been riding the wave of success for the last few years, took to her Twitter account to express her thoughts about Big B taking a step-back from the project. “If true, this is very disappointing. Movies have the power to build bridges especially when tensions are high. I guess that in the end nationalism trumps everything - I hope that we can also take heed before we gush about all things Bollywood in future”, the actress tweeted.
If true, this is very disappointing. Movies have the power to build bridges especially when tensions are high. I guess that in the end nationalism trumps everything - I hope that we can also take heed before we gush about all things Bollywood in future.https://t.co/XqYQZjN53d— MehwishHayat (@MehwishHayat) April 11, 2019
Reportedly, Bachchan did what he did because of the relations between the two countries that worsened after the attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama. The attacks were subsequently followed by airstrikes by India. The result was that even cultural ties between India and Pakistan completely broke down and Pakistani stars and singers were banned from Bollywood.
Says a source in the know, “Resul had been discussing the script for his directorial debut with Bachchan Saab for two years now. Bachchan Saab loved the peace message in Resul’s Indo-Pak story. Resul waited for Bachchan Saab’s dates and they were finally supposed to go on the floors, when because of the worsening relations between the two countries, Bachchan Saab had second thoughts.”
On the work front, Amitabh Bachchan will next be seen in the multi-starrer Brahmastra, which is being directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar. The film also stars Alia Bhatt and Rabir Kapoor.