Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah has said in a recent interview that Indian actors have always “been dying” to go to Hollywood just like “Pakistani actors are dying to come to India.”
Naseer further added that a number of Bollywood top actors such as Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have taken on Hollywood projects but their new found glory won’t last for long.
In an interview with Hindustan Times Naseer shared:
“Humesha se hi tha excitement (It was always there). Hindi actors have always been dying to go to Hollywood. They would give their arms to go there. It’s like Pakistani actors are dying to come to India.”
Talking about Pakistani actors love for Bollywood projects, Naseer said:
“Pakistani people consider Bollywood to be the ultimate! I go there and they say ‘waah kya films banai hai’.”
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Naseer doesn’t seem too supportive of fellow Indian actors either.
“These people who are tom-tomming their entry into Hollywood are all going to come back very soon. Because Hollywood has no place for an Asian to play a lead. It’s a one-off thing.”
Naseer had also worked in a Hollywood project in the past. He made his Hollywood debut in 2003 with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.