Today, at a time when actors like Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan have been embraced wholeheartedly by Bollywood, and other Muslim actors thrive in the industry, there is an actress who wants us to see the bitter and dark side of the same.
Actor-model Sabeeka Imam feels that life is tougher for Muslim girls, who possess a serious dream of making it big in Bollywood.
Let’s introduce you to the woman in context first. Remember Queen? Yes, the same film that had Kangana Ranaut in the lead role. In a scene where Vijaylakshmi (Lisa Haydon) hands over a package for Rani (Kangana Ranaut) to be delivered to Roxette?
Roxette was played by Sabeeka. The British-Pakistani origin model is crestfallen about how the Indian film industry didn’t really open doors for her post the release of Queen.
A dismayed Sabeeka told the media, “I have seen how Muslim girls beg, plead and cry for roles in Bollywood films. They are exploited to a great extent.”
Claiming that a Muslim generally isn’t allowed to go to the top, Sabeeka added, “My life somehow belongs in Pakistan. I will do more movies here.”
She revealed that she was always keen on acting in a film with Kangana Ranaut and her dream did come true. She was roped in for the role of a Middle Eastern belly dancer and not a pole dancer who had migrated to Europe from Pakistan.
She added, “I have been greatly criticised for that role. I must clarify that I had signed up as a belly dancer. My audition was great because I had trained as a dancer when I was young. Had I not done that, what else was there for me? I was not comfortable but it was a character, it was no bimbo role.”
India has gracefully accepted Pakistani actors like Ali Zafar, Fawad Khan, Humaima Malik, Sara Loren, Meera, Somy Ali, Salma Agha, Javed Sheikh, Muhammad Ali, Zeba Bakhtiar, Mahira Khan, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Imran Abbas, and Veena Malik, to name a few. Their contribution can’t be overlooked and they’ve together made Indian entertainment grand in every possible way.
Her claims are slightly absurd, isn’t it? Seems more like a case of sour grapes. Well, maybe!