Pakistani icon Javed Sheikh is one of the most successful and well-respected actors in the showbiz industry. The veteran actor has made a name for himself not just in Pakistan but across the border as well as working in various Bollywood films.
But did you know that Javed Sheikh got a chance to work in a Bollywood film with his daughter Momal Sheikh?
While people may call it nepotism, Javed Sheikh went on record to be very clear that it was Momal’s own struggles and hardship that earned her the role of a Pakistani girl named Zoya in a Bollywood. There was no favoritism or referral involved.
“I was doing a film in Bollywood ‘Happy Bhag Jaegi’, so in that film, a girl had to play Pakistani girl’s role but at the last moment, she refused to do the character. The producer got worried and they called me to give the name of some Pakistani actresses who can play this character. I was part of the film and I sent them 2-3 names.
In the meantime, they were also finding Pakistani girls on the internet and they found Momal’s photos. They liked Momal’s work and the director’s assistance said that Momal will be fine for this role. They didn’t know that Momal Sheikh is my daughter, they just suspected that she might be. The director called me to ask about whether she is my daughter or not? I said yes, she is my daughter.
They told me that they have selected my daughter. They were confused that why I didn’t recommend my daughter for this role but I told them that I don’t recommend my children because it will be wrong. Alhamdulillah, we worked in the movie and the movie was successful.”
Talking about his children, Javed Sheikh further said that If Shehzad and Moomal get successful in the industry then nobody can raise their fingers on them that they got successful because of their father.
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