After six years, Fawad Khan will return to Indian television in the Mahira Khan-led film “The Legend of Maula Jatt.”

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After six years, Fawad Khan will return to Indian television in the Mahira Khan-led film “The Legend of Maula Jatt.”

This Friday, The Legend of Maula Jatt, a Pakistani movie starring Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, is most likely to hit Indian theatres. This could be the first Pakistani movie to be released theatrically in the country in over ten years. Multiplex chain PVR Cinemas tweeted a release notification on its own Instagram page, but quickly removed it, according to PTI. The post stated, “Introducing the official poster of #TheLegendofMaulaJatt! Arriving on PVR this Friday.” The action drama was released in Pakistan on October 13, and it has since become the highest-grossing Pakistani movie of all time, earning USD 10 million.

Producers have stated that “The Legend of Maula Jatt,” directed by Bilal Lashari, is neither a remake nor a sequel to the 1979 cult classic “Maula Jatt.” Mahira and Fawad are well-known to Indian viewers because to their work in the much-liked Pakistani serial “Humsafar” as well as through Bollywood. Mahira has acted in the Shah Rukh Khan-led film “Raees,” while Fawad most recently starred in the superhero series “Ms. Marvel.”

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In 2011, “Bol,” a Pakistani movie starring Mahira, was given a theatrical release in India. Prior to that, in 2008, Rashid Farooqi and Nandita Das starred in “Ramchand Pakistani.” In addition to Naseeruddin Shah, Fawad was a part of the ensemble cast in the 2007 film “Khuda Kay Liye.”

However, Indian film festivals have shown Pakistani movies. The official entry for Pakistan in the international film category of the 95th Academy Awards, Saim Sadiq’s “Joyland,” was screened at the Dharamshala International Film Festival in November of this year.

Khuda Kay Liye was the first ever Pakistani movie to be a part of the International Film Festival of India’s official selection (IFFI). Production on “The Legend of Maula Jatt” began in January 2017 and ended in June 2019. The movie was originally supposed to be released in theatres on several dates in 2019 and 2020, but copyright concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic kept pushing back the release date.

Following the 2016 Uri terror assault, which claimed the lives of 19 Indian Army men, Pakistani actors were no longer being used in Indian movies. The choice was made in the midst of political pressure to stop Pakistani performers and actors from appearing in Indian films and touring the country.

 

 

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