New Delhi [India], Oct. 13 (ANI
): Amidst the intense strain on Pakistani actors working in Bollywood, Fawad Khan
has reportedly signed up for a film project produced by Shyam Benegal
According to a leading national daily, director Harsh Narayan
, who has been working to promote cross-border peace for the past 15 years, has approached the 34-year-old Pakistani actor to star in his upcoming project.
Titled ' Ye Raste Hain Pyar Ke
,' the movie will chronicle the journey of two musician
s who will tour the two warring countries during which they will discover themselves.
The Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association or the IMPPA earlier issued a temporary ban on Pakistani artistes working in Indian Cinema in the wake of the killing of 19 Indian soldiers during the Uri terror attack.
Saying there could not be a better time to put out a film that "explores love and peace and promotes humanity," Narayan notes some of the best works written during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
These works include Saadat Hasan Manto's 'Toba Tek Singh' and Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poem, 'Black-Out.'
"Faiz composed poems in which he spoke lovingly about his land and its long-suffering people, their hopes and fears, joys and sorrows. I'm trying to capture that feeling through my film," he said in a statement.
Speaking on the film, Benegal asserted, "People called me mad when I was making Ankur! I have found another mad-creative filmmaker in Harsh. He is capable, hard-working and can take on all the creative responsibilities necessary in making this film."
Notably, the announcement came at a time when movies like 'Raees' and 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' starring Pakistani actors are already facing a threat. (ANI