Pakistani model and actor Kubra Khan (also known as Rabia Khan), who played the bank manager in the recently released Pakistani hit film, Na Maloom Afraad, is now all set to make her Bollywood debut with film Welcome to Karachi.
"I am playing the lead girl in this project working alongside the amazing Arshad Warsi and Jackky Bhagnani," Kubra told Dawn in an email interview.
Kubra further shared that she was independently approached by the casting director, who had seen some of her previous works.
"I had to go through the traditional auditions and the team happened to like my work so here I am," said Kubra.
Kubra also shared a picture of herself with her co-stars while working on the set of Welcome to Karachi:
According to Times of India, Irrfan Khan was initially approached to play the lead male role, but he refused when he found out that Kubra Khan was playing the lead female role. The actor apparently wanted Bollywood actor Nargis Fakhri to be cast opposite him.
When asked to comment on Irrfan's decision, Kubra said: "I have a lot of respect for Irrfan Khan and he certainly has the right to his opinion. I don't think there is anything wrong in wanting to work with a colleague of his choice."
Speaking about the success of Na Maloom Afraad, Kubra shared that the film's success also changed things for her.
"In terms of work, things had changed shortly before the release of Na Maloom Afraad," said Kubra.
"However, after the success, receiving such warm response and acceptance from the audience it is extremely overwhelming. I am extremely grateful to Nabeel Qureshi (director) and Fizza Ali Meerza (producer) for making me a part of this amazing project."
Directed by Ashish R Mohan, Welcome to Karachi is a satire about two Indians who get stranded in Karachi without any proper travel documents.
The film is expected to release in 2015.