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For the first time with `Dobara'

Pakistani actor Muamar Rana talks about his Bollywood debut


MEET MUAMAR Rana because his film took the fire out of Titanic. Watch out for Rana because his three films Choodiyan, Hamara Dil Apka Hua and Deewane Tere Pyar Ke hold the top three positions in the history of his country's cinema. Know him because he is the first actor from Pakistan to be working in India with a work permit from his Government. And for the latest, he is sharing screen space with our Mahima Choudhary in Dobara.

"It was a pleasure working in India. I didn't want to take any chances so when director Shashi Ranjan offered me a small role in the film I first asked him to arrange for a work permit for me." Indeed they did because earlier when the bonhomie was as its peak, Pakistan Government allowed the film to be premiered in Pakistan. But as soon as the new Prime Minister took over, the permission was withheld. "I don't want to comment on Government policies but one thing is for sure, the future lies in the two film industries working together. Bollywood is too advanced in terms of technology and financial aspect and in Lollywood, there is no dearth of talent both in terms of acting and creative writing." Talk of Bollywood ingenuity and Rana says though Dobara puts him with one of his favourites Jackie Shroff, he got to meet the star for the first time only during the preview of the film. "All my scenes are with Mahima.And Jackie never turned up on the sets when I was shooting."

A shy man off screen, Rana is married and has a four-year-old daughter. "I found Indian press too much to handle. Back home we don't have such an inquisitive press. Here people want to know everything," feels Rana.

With Dobara, Muamar is aspiring for more from Bollywood. "There are some offers but I am looking for lead roles now."

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