Why do Pakistan actors come to India for work?

This is a question that I have been hearing a lot these days. Why is this even a question, though? I mean, don’t Indians go abroad for work opportunities? Especially to the US or the Middle East? Haven’t Amitabh Bachchan , Anil Kapoor, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Amrish Puri, Dev Patel etc., gone to Hollywood? Hasn’t Mallika Sherawat worked in a Chinese movie as well as Hollywood? Why did they go abroad to work in films? For the most obvious reasons: name, fame and good money even if it is a small role. If they can go and work abroad then why can’t Pakistanis come to India for work?


India is the hub of talent. It accepts, with open arms, everyone regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity or country. Have not Lauren Gottlieb, Tom Altar, Danny Dengzonpa, Dilip Kumar, Kalki Koechlin all migrated to India for work? Then why do we raise a hue and cry when it comes to Pakistani actors?

Pakistani actors and actresses have the talent, looks and are able to find a place in Bollywood. They are as such famous in Pakistan. Who does not want fame or money? Pakistan film industry is definitely much smaller than Indian film industry so lesser work and money. Bollywood is a very big Film industry with ample opportunities. It is more advanced with more professionalism and money. It is no wonder that you have Pakistani actors and actresses in India.

Most of the Indian top actors are ruling the roost for the past 20 years. For example, Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar. Same goes with actresses too but they have been going steady for past 10-15 years like Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor etc. Since they occupy the top positions, they demand more money. Not all producers can afford to pay them as much as they demand. Many of the producers complain that most top actors or actresses do not even take phone calls unless it is a very big banner. So they go in for Pakistani or Sri Lankan actors or actresses who have looks as well as talent and are ready to work for much lesser amount of money.

Recently Zee TV has a launched a new channel called “Zindagi: which airs Pakistans TV serials. Whether anyone likes it or not, their serials are more realistic and have more substance. Plenty of Indians watch this channel and are quiet fond of the Pakistani actors. This is how Pakistani actors have started becoming famous in India Next to Hollywood; Bollywood is the highest producer of films every year.

The question of why Indian actors do not work in Pakistan movies is maybe because there is neither much work there nor enough money.

If the Indian audience is accepting Pakistani actors and the producers are giving them work, then why should they not work in India? Be proud of the fact that your nation accepts everyone with welcome arms and, if possible, follow suit.