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Bollywood has an immense impact on our lives

Bollywood’s influence on Pakistani lives and on its film industry is undeniable, says model-actress Aamina Sheikh, a well-known face from Pakistan’s fashion and entertainment industry.

“One can’t deny the Bollywood influence in Pakistan,” Aamina told IANS, adding that people in Pakistan were as passionate about Bollywood as Indians.

“So much so that they want to compete with Bollywood films. We, as actors, always say that we can’t compare the two industries at infrastructural and other level. But people can’t help but compare.”

“Bollywood has an immense impact on our lives. Who doesn’t want to take a deep dive into it,” added the 29-year-old.

Asked about her favourite actor and who she would want to work with, Aamina answered promptly: “Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor would be nice.”

Aamina, who is the face of various renowned consumer product brands in Pakistan and has recently won award best actress award for an upcoming Pakistani film Lamha (Seedlings) at the New York City International Film Festival, was in India for the first time for her forthcoming film Josh, which was screened at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) here.

Talking about her character in the film she said: “I play Fatima, who has a group of friends who are very progressive and represent the urban youth from cities like Karachi and Mumbai. It is through her friends that she explores her nanny’s village. The nanny runs a khaana ghar that Fatima attempts to run after her nanny dies.

Josh will break the stereotype of the country, hopes Aamina.

“The plot of the film is like an allegory of what Pakistan is right now. It is a bird’s eye view of what the country is. The story makes you touch the heart of Pakistan and break the stereotype image of the country,” she said.

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