One of the slain terrorists killed in an encounter with the Indian security forces in Kashmir has been identified as a Bollywood actor. Saqib Bilal acted in a very small role in Vishal Bharadwaj's film #Haider, which had Tabu and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.
Saqib's body has been identified as one of the militants killed at the Mujgund encounter on the outskirts of Srinagar. Saqib and his friend Mudasir Parray went missing from their home in Bandipora in Hajin district on August 31. Parray was a footballer. Then they joined Lashkar, a terrorist organisation. They were killed on Sunday after an 18-hour-long gun-battle with Indian security forces.
Upon inquiry, they were found to be working for a Pakistani militant commander, Ali Bhai. Ali was also killed in the encounter. “He wanted to be an engineer. He loved football and acting,” his grief-stricken father Bilal Ahmad Sheikh told News18. “He would never talk about militancy or the conflict. His life was filled with his own adventures.”
His father informed that Saqib was quite famous in his village after acting in the film. In fact, in the film, he plays a teenager who is caught in a quagmire of conflict between independence and militancy. Strangely the reel life role became the real-life fate for Saqib.