Lots of Pakistani artists nowadays are crossing the border in search of greener pastures and making it big in the rival countryís entertainment industry. Here is a list of Pakistaniís that after creating a fan base for themselves in their native countries, made it big in the Indian film and music industry.
1. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
The nephew of Qawwali legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat fateh Ali Khan always received special attention and mentoring from one of the greatest musicians this country had produced. After releasing a couple of albums in Pakistan, Rahat made popular songs for Bollywood movies such as O re Piya for Madhuri Dixitís film Aja Nachle. The song received praise and admiration for its composition and the way it was sung. Later on, songs such as Tere Mast Mast Do Nain for Salman Khanís blockbuster hit Dabangg and Jiya Dhadak Dhadak for Imran Hashmiís Kalyug also helped Rahat to cement his place in the hearts of Indians as a noteworthy musician.
2. Fawad Khan
The meteoric rise of Fawad Khan in the Indian film industry is perhaps unmatched by any other actor fro Pakistan till this day. After embarking on a successful musical journey as the lead singer of his band EP, Fawad gave up his musical aspirations to pursue a career in acting. After a couple of high profile dramas, Hamsafar was the one in which Fawad became a household sensation in Pakistan and achieved celebrity status as well in India. With his boyish good lucks and gentlemanís charm, he was able to bag a role opposite Sonam Kapoor in the film Khoobsurat. His acting talents and the movie plot helped him to win the Filmfare award for Best Debutant Actor. Since then, there has been no looking back for Fawad Khan.
3. Ali Zafar
The versatile Ali Zafar was always going places with the abundance of talent that he displayed. As a musician, he launched three albums that were well received by the Pakistani audience, two of which namely Huqa Pani and Masti achieved instant success in Pakistan. Ali also made the move to Indian cinema, starting off with the hilarious Tere Bin Laden and went on to star in Chashme Badoor. His next comedy Total Siyapaa did not settle well with critics but Kill Dill earned him critical praise. Through sheer hard work and determination, he has achieved the feat of working with noteworthy actors such as Anupam Kher, Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and Kiron Kher.
4. Humaima Malik
Humaima Malik rose to fame as a fashion model but it was her role as Zainab in Shoaib Mansoorís classic film Bol that caught everyoneís eye. Gaining favor from critics and admirers alike for her excellent performance, she also set her sights for the Indian film industry. She succeeded in bagging a role opposite controversial actor Emraan Hashmi in the film Raja Natwarlaal. The Pakistani beauty has a couple of high profile projects lined up for her including Shaan Shahidís Mission Allah Hu Akbar.
5. Mahira Khan
Mahira Khan started off as a talented Vj and went on to star in drama serials. Her most noteworthy drama till date has been Hamsafar which enthralled audiences in Pakistan and India alike. Her portrayal of Khirad Ehsan led her to become of the most praised drama actresses within Pakistan and helped revive the Pakistani dramas. She also starred in the Shoaib Mansoor hit film Bol as Ayesha and the film went on to become a huge hit. Due to her constant hard work and success, she was able to bag a role opposite the iconic Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan as his love interest in the action film Raees. The movie is bound to establish her as a well known actress in India as already there has been hype building around her.