MS Dhoni The Untold Story was the first victim of the ban on Pak artists. Allegedly, Fawad landed the role of Virat Kohli in the biopic. But he was nowhere to be seen in the film.
Fawad Khan has been at the center of the current Pakistan-India tensions after a journalist wrote an open letter to him asking him to get out of India.
According to sources, the Pakistani actor was very much a part of MS Dhoni The Untold Story, but his part was chopped off before the film made it to the theatres.
Just before the release of the film, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) threatened to stall the release of films like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees, and gave a 48-hour ultimatum to Pak artists to leave the country.
And this very threat from the MNS made Neeraj take a tough call on omitting Fawad's role from the film as he was in no mood to attract negative publicity.
A source close to MS Dhoni The Untold Story was quoted as saying, "Neeraj Pandey didn't want any negative publicity or controversy around the film. Though Fawad Khan's character was an integral part of the film, it wasn't as important as that of MS Dhoni's. So he thought it's better to do away with Fawad's portions in the film than face the ire of this controversy. Neeraj didn't want the focus of the film to shift from MS Dhoni and Sushant Singh Rajput to Fawad Khan, Virat Kohli and Pakistan."
The source added, "Fawad Khan wasn't even aware about his part being omitted until the movie was released."
Much controversy now surrounds his forthcoming movie cameo in Karan Johar's ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil‘. Lets hope for Fawad's sake this doesn't get cut either.
This year could have been his best yet professionally but certain Indian's feel it is in their best interests to divide us as a people including artists like Fawad and Mahira Khan.
Its a shame the Indian government has learnt nothing from the colonial regime of the british empire. Divide and Conquer does not equal progress for those being divided. Its a regressive behaviour.
Severing ties with Pakistan especially in cricket and art is just stupid. Once both countries develop a flourishing economic relationship together it will more than likely bring about peace. We pray for that day. For us and for our children's future.
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