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Fardeen Khan thanks Kareena Kapoor for ‘Dev’ role on 20th anniversary

Fardeen Khan, who recently starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama, Heeramandi has thanked fellow actor Kareena Kapoor Khan.

His gratitude to Kareena is for the film ‘Dev’ which has completed 20 years in Bollywood and it was the actress herself who recommended Fardeen play the hero of the film.

The film was directed by Govind Nihalani and was a political action drama starring Fardeen, Kareena, and Amitabh Bachchan. The film was released in 2004.

Fardeen is all praises for Nihalani’s storytelling

The actor instantly took to his Instagram handle to share the happy news and put up a clip of the film wherein his character Farhaan Ali is saying some rather intense dialogues regarding religion and communal divide.

In the clip can also be seen Bachchan, Kareena, and the late actor Om Puri amidst gunshots and blasts. Fardeen captions this post by saying,

It was my third film with @kareenakapoorkhan and it was she who recommended me for the role, and I will always be grateful to her for that. Being signed by the respected Govind Nihalani for a film with legends like @amitabhbachchan and Om Puri was a huge endorsement for any actor. Govindji was highly respected and was known for his careful direction and powerful storytelling.

Fardeen reveals that he always idolised Amitabh Bachchan

Writing further in the post, Fardeen says,

This role gave me a chance to work on a film that was relevant and meaningful, which was rare at the time. But the greatest takeaway for me from DEV was getting to share the screen with Amitji, an actor I idolised. His life and most amazing career have had a profound influence on Indian cinema and has left an indelible mark on not just me but on every Indian. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a true honour and an absolute privilege to work with him, making it one of the highlights of my career.

Meanwhile, the other two films in which Fardeen and Kareena worked together were Fida released in the same year as Dev and Khushi a year earlier.

Khan makes a much-awaited comeback in Bollywood

Talking about his recent role, Fardeen played the role of Nawab Wali Bin Zayed-Al Mohammed. This series also marks the actor’s much-awaited comeback after experiencing a long gap of 14 years.

Apart from Fardeen, the series also stars Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharmin Segal, Richa Chadha, Shekhar Suman, and Adhyayan Suman in pivotal roles.

Fardeen’s upcoming project is Visfot, which is produced by Sanjay Gupta. Apart from this, he will also be seen in Khel Khel Mein alongside Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Vaani Kapoor, Ammy Virk, Aditya Seal, and others.

Actor reminisces about his first scene with Aditi Rao Hydari in Heeramandi

Recently, the actor shared a video on his Instagram handle where he reminisced about his first scene shoot with Aditi Rao Hydari.

While sharing the video, Fardeen stated that it was memorable and exhilarating. In the clip, he and Hydari can be seen playing cards on the bed.

Writes the actor in the caption,

The first scene I filmed for Heeramandi and the first time being directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It was memorable and an exhilarating experience. Known for his meticulous attention to detail and grandiose sets SLB sir creates an atmosphere that is both intense and inspiring. The set was like a visual masterpiece, with intricate designs, elaborate costumes, and a palpable sense of history and drama.

Adding further, he says,

It was an enriching learning experience, as he shared his vision and helped me navigate the emotional depths of the scene. By the end of the shoot you would feel a profound sense of accomplishment, knowing you had contributed to something truly special under the direction of a cinematic maestro.

The series tells the story of Lahore’s prestigious Heeramandi and is set during the pre-independence era. The series has received mixed reviews up till now.

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