Actors Who Missed It

Dramas are offered to actors everyday, sometimes they take up a project, sometimes they don’t. Once a project that they missed goes on to become a hit, they secretly regret saying no. In the following, we cover some such classic roles and actors who refused them for various reasons

1- Faisal Qureshi as Asher
Yes,the role made immortal by Fawad Afzal Khan was initially offered to Faisal Qureshi. However, he felt that there was nothing much to do in the role and refused it. The role went to Fawad Afzal Khan who grabbed it and the rest they say is history. It’s difficult to imagine the chemistry of anyone but Fawad-Mahira in Humsafar but who knows what sparks could have flied if Faisal was seen romancing Mahira.




2- Mahira Khan as Kiran
Mahira was offered two projects of Umera post Humsafar, one was Shehr-e-Zaat and the other was Kankar. Mahira consulted Momina Duraid who had earlier convinced her to do Humsafar and decided in favour of Shehr-e-Zaat. She felt that Shehr-e-Zaat would elevate her as an actress much more than Kankar would and ratings and popularity wise it would be safe to assume that Mahira was right. Her replacement Sanam Baloch is doing good work but the drama is not as strong/popular as Shehr-e-Zaat.


3- Fawad Khan and Sanam Baloch as Irtiza and Saman
In the classic romantic story Bin Roye Ansoo earlier Fawad and Sanam were approached to essay the roles of Irtiza and Saman in this Farhat Ishtiaq drama. However, due to dates and other issues, both actors couldn’t do the serial. They were later replaced by Humayun Saeed and Armeena Rana Khan. Die hard fans of Fawad are extremely disappointed with the current casting and feel that it would ruin the serial. Rest would only be revealed once the drama starts airing. Maybe Humayun and Armeena will be accepted as Irtiza and Saman.


4- Fawad Khan as Ibaad Uzair (Aabi)
This was Farhat Ishtiaq’s second drama after the phenomenal Humsafar. It could not, however, gain the same popularity as its predecessor. Besides other reasons, casting of Adeel Hussain as Aabi was considered one of the reasons of drama not getting as much popularity as Humsafar. Fawad Khan was to play this role but he could not get the visa at the right time and resultantly Adeel Hussain stepped in.

5- Faisal Qureshi as Waqar Ul Hassan
The role of Aiman’s father Waqar Ul Hassan in Zard Mausam was initially offered to Faisal Qureshi who refused once again on the pretext that the role was not powerful enough. The role went to Faisal Rehman but the drama never got much popularity.


6- Mehwish Hayat as Mehru
Mehwish Hayat was approached to play Mehru in Hum TV’s ‘Na Kaho Tum Mere Nahi’ but since she was busy in Mirat-Ul-Uroos and other projects she declined the offer. This is despite that fact that her last serial with Hum TV ‘Meray Qatil Mere Dildar’ proved to a hit and provided her with much needed boost for her career. Saba Qamar stepped into Mehwish’s shoes at the last minute and played the character beautifully.

7- Zaini of Man-o-salwa and Khadeeja of Lahasil
Resham and Angeline Malik were not the first choices for lead roles of Man-o-salwa and Lahasil. However, since all other actresses approached for these roles refused point blankly, Resham and Angeline came in. The exact reasons for other actresses refusing these roles remain unknown. Casting remains one of the main reasons of criticism on these dramas.

Besides the roles mentioned above Fawad was not the first choice for Ashk either. He came in once Sarmad Khoosat took over as the director of the play.

Haseeb Ahmed

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  • Mariam Shafiq

    Faysal Qureshi was offered Ashar’s role! What! 😮
    He must have regretted his decision later!

    Nice article Haseeb! 🙂

    • Haseeb Ahmed

      Thanks for liking the effort Mariam.Yes,i think privately he regrets it but publicly he says he has no regrets

    • Amna Salam

      Thats NEWS!!!!!!!!

  • Hammad

    Pfft! Whatever people say, I will always say that Adeel was perfect as Ibad.Maybe Fawad could have done that role nicely, but not more than Adeel.Plus I don’t think there would have been much chemistry between Sarwat and Fawad.So Adeel was perfect in every way.

  • Sparkling Star

    If Faisal Qureshi would have been casted than Humsafar wouldn’t have been the hit as it is today…………..

    • Rashid Nazir Ali

      i agree, faisal totally misfit for the role of ashar, he is quite aged for that role.

      • Aiman

        Novel wala Ashar aged hi tha…but Fawad ne saari picture hi badal dali Ashar ki…aise apna banalia keh u cant even imagine anybody else as Ashar…..

        • Rashid Nazir Ali

          yes in novel ashar is perhaps somewhere near 27-30 year old, but still i think faysal qureshi now looks too aged, he is not even suitable to do roles of such age, faysal qureshi is on showbiz scene since 1993-94 his first film panah and nanagay paon were released in 1995 both were dead flops. He is a marvelous actor but now he is more suited now for middle aged roles like qaide tanhai and adhoori aurat.

          • Aiman

            ya u r right…but novel k hisab se agar age dekhi jai to Faisal sahi choice tha…but Asher kaafi handsom bhi tha sirf aged nahi tha..shukar Faisal ne mana ker diya tha..

        • Sparkling Star

          Han yeh theek he ke novel wala Asher bhi aged tha lekin Faisal Qureshi aur Mahira khan me woh chemistry nahi hote jo Khirad aur Asher me thi………….

  • FatimaAwan

    Thank you for a very informative article Haseeb. You always come up with something different. Looking forward to reading more from you in the future too.

    • Haseeb Ahmed

      Thanks for being so kind Fatima 🙂

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  • Aiman

    Toh sabit howa Allah jo kerta hai ache keh liye hi kerta hai..chahe Ashar ka role ho ya Waqar ka ya Kiran ka (I love Mahira but Kiran ka haqq sirf Sanam aada ker sakti thi aur koi nahi)..even Adeel as Ibad mjhe kabhi bhi acha nahi laga but yeh fact hai keh Adeel Sarwat k saath ziada acha pair banata hai as compare to FK……Resham for Zaini’s role according to me was perfect choice..bcuz us time humare industry main itni ziada choces nahi thi jaise keh aaj hain….aur Bin roye Aanso jab on-air hoga tabb patah chalega keh Humayon Irtaza keh liye sahi choice hai ya ghalat..lekin meri nazar main toh yeh bhi acha hi howa bcuz FK Irtiza keh role per kahin se bhi fit nahi bethta but to pull audiance makers ne FK ko lena chaha hoga is role keh liye….BTW Saman ka role Sanam ko offer howa tha is it a confirmed news…..bcuz yeh baat to Sanam keh fans chahte the..Farhat k fan page ne ek dafa bhi Sanam ka name nahi liye tha….FK ka toh phir bhi shoro main liya tha shayad…

    • Rashid Nazir Ali

      the official facebook page of Bin Royee Aansoo mentioned the cast as Sanam Baloch, Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, but later they changed it after a week. Now if we visit that page, they have removed that initial post where sanam baloch was mentioned in cast.

      • Aiman

        Bin Roye ansoo ka official page “BIN ROE ANSU” hai …”bin roye ansoo” nai….bin roe ansu ko Farhat Ishtiaq k page k admins chalate hain aur woh constantly keh rahe the keh cast abhi decide nahi hoi..yeh saari batain, Sanam aur FK ko cast kerni ki, rumours hain….

  • anonymous.

    The official page of bin roe ansu NEVER mentioned Fawad and Sanam being part of the show, it was unofficial pages which did. In-fact Sanam Baloch was never offered bin roe ansu to begin with. I know of the details, and it was another actress that I won’t mention, because now Armeena is chosen anyways. Fawad however was pretty much signed on, until he backed out.
    Durr-e-Shawar was offered to Samiya Mumtaz and Mahirah Khan before Sanam Baloch as well.

    • anonymous.

      Pakistani dramas have so many fake pages on Facebook, so never believe anything. It’s fake admins posting baseless rumors that they hear.

  • aaina khan

    sanam should have accepted the role for bin roay aansoo, she was perfect for this role..
    and saba qamar did mehru (mehreen) role perfectly, thankz GOD mehwish did not accepted it…

  • Paras

    I think we all should thank Faisal qureshi for refusing to do humsafar! 😛 we owe you big Faisal!!