Could you imagine Punjab Nahi Jaungi with anyone other than Mehwish Hayat? Well, apparently Humayun Saeed Mahira Khan in the role of Amal Dastoor.
The film is one contemporary Pakistani cinema’s biggest blockbusters. The 2017 Eid ul Azha release, became the first film in Pakistan to hit the PKR 350 million mark.
Punjab Nahi Jaungi cast Humayun Saeed as Fawad Khagga and Mehwish Hayat as Amal Dastoor.
Writer Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar told Entertainment.pk some inside secrets about casting the leading lady of the film.
The film’s writer said that his first choice for the film was Mehwish Hayat. On the other hand, producer Humayun Saeed and director Nadeem Baig had someone else in mind.
Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar said supermodel and actress Iman Aly was considered but he didn’t believe the role was written for her. He revealed that he was strongly against her casting.
“That character wasn’t meant to be for Iman. She is a very good actress, she can do any other project brilliantly but that role wasn’t meant for Iman. That role was meant for Mehwish Hayat.”
Superstar‘s Mahira Khan was even approached for the role of Amal Dastoor. The Sadqey Tumhare writer revealed that they even had three meetings with Mahira Khan in this regard.
“It was after Iman was no longer under consideration. We conducted three meetings with Mahira Khan. I even agreed to work with Mahira but I told her that Mahira you are not my first choice at all but since these two people want you in the project you should be in it.”
Fortunately, Mahira Khan couldn’t take on the commitment for whatever reason, and Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar’s choice Mehwish Hayat essayed the role.