Shah Rukh Khan's Veer-Zaara: This Pakistani Actor Was Asked to Play Opposite Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan's Veer Zaara was a massive hit back in the day and it starred Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta. Recently, a Pakistani actor revealed that they were approached for a role in it when it was being produced
Pakistani actor Nadia Jamil is known in the industry for her social work and her work in Meri Jaan, Raat Chali Hai Jhoom Ke, Balu Mahi and Behadd. She is also known for her social work and sharp wit and often takes to social media to express her views. After a brief hiatus, she is all set to appear on the silver screen with her new project in the summer of 2019. She recently appeared on Rewind with Samina Peerzada where she revealed some rather interesting information.
The turning point of Nadia’s career came when she met the late Yash Chopra, director of Veer-Zaara which was a huge hit at the box office. During her time on the show, Nadia shared that she was offered the role of Rani Mukherjee opposite Shahrukh Khan in Veer-Zaara but unfortunately had to turn it down as she believed it would shape the kind of parent she would become.
Talking about being offered the role by the director and co-producer Yash Chopra, Nadia Jamil said "The turning point in my career was when I met Yash Chopra, Veer-Zaara was about to happen. Ammi was telling me she'd come with me or take care of my children, my son was two months old then, but I knew that if I moved in this direction now it would become an addiction which I would be unable to leave. It would shape the kind of mother I would become. I had to choose between being a mom or an actress but there isn't even a comparison between the two. So I turned it down, however, I became very close to Yash Chopra and his family in the process."
Despite being an acclaimed actor and carving out her place in the industry, Nadia believes she became an actress by accident and that she had never been very ambitious. Instead, she said she's always loved working with children and used to take all the children of her family for ice cream and also volunteered at SOS Village and Mother Teresa Foundation which was a life changing experience for the actor.
After the shooting of the episode, it came to Nadia’s attention that the recorded interview is sponsored by Fair & Lovely, a brand she called "heinously racist and demoralising". She took to Twitter to express her views.
"I cannot and do not endorse the need for ANY woman to lighten her skin to look more attractive. A woman’s dark skin is her beauty. She should wear it with extreme pride and love! Yes, us women come in different colours, shapes, sizes and personas. Deal with it world. Respect them all please. Stop telling us and making money off brainwashing the planet as to what our standard for beauty needs to be. We are all beautiful. Racism should not be endorsed. Body shaming should not be endorsed," she wrote on Twitter. She did however point out that she has profound respect for Samina Peerzada who she loves a lot.