Anil Kapoor has worked in the film industry for four decades and still he has never played a Muslim character to date! Well, that is changing as he just picked his first Muslim role ever. Anil Kapoor says that he is going to play a Muslim man named Fanney Khan. “Now that I have got an opportunity to play a guy who is from Bhendi Bazaar, and I’m playing a Muslim character for the first time, I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I remember, as a kid (while he was growing up in Chembur), I used to go to Mohammed Ali Road, Bhendi Bazaar and Masjid Bunder a lot. I have spent quite a lot of my childhood at those places. I would just go there and walk around aimlessly.”
Anil’s role is of a Muslim man from Bhendi Bazaar and the actor remembers this place as one of his childhood and early career days’ visiting place. He still loves the food there and has no issues with the Muslim community of Mumbai or the rest of India. Previously it was known that Anil Kapoor was a hard rule Hindu and did not really agree with others that Muslims or Pakistanis are welcome in India. However, with time, we learnt that there is no issue with Anil hence Pakistanis will of course want to watch the new flick. Anil Kapoor mentioned that he would like to visit Pakistan and act in Pakistani movies as well. Presently, he said he is looking forward to the role. “It is going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.” Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Fanney Khan is a Bollywood remake of the Oscar-nominated Dutch film Everybody’s Famous (2000).
If some of you don’t know why Anil Kapoor has been in the industry for so long; here is a short view of his super hit movies over the years: Anil Kapoor made his Hindi film cameo appearance with Umesh Mehra’s Hamare Tumhare (1979) in a small role. He made his first debut film and then starred as a lead actor in the 1980 Telugu film, Vamsa Vruksham directed by Bapu. He then made his Kannada film debut with Mani Ratnam’s Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1984). He received his first Filmfare Award, in the Best Supporting Actor category, for his role in Yash Chopra’s Mashaal (1984). Anil Kapoor earned his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in N. Chandra’s Tezaab (1988) and later again for his performance in Indra Kumar’s Beta (1992). He has also starred in many other critically and commercially successful films: Meri Jung (1985); Karma (1986); Mr. India (1987); Virasat (1997), for which he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor; Taal (1999), for which he won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award; Pukar (2000), for which he won a National Film Award for Best Actor; No Entry (2005); Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) for which he won his third Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.