Pakistani-American comedian lands leading role in Hollywood movie

We have heard about Pakistani stars working in Indian films and earning tremendous fame, but many known Pakistani stars have also worked in Hollywood projects.

The recent one to leave a mark in Hollywood is Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American, who never imagined that one day he would be a leading actor in a Hollywood movie. But this is what has happened as the 39-year-old comedian landed his first acting lead role in a romantic-comedy movie called ‘The Big Sick’.

The movie revolves around the story of a 39-year-old comedian who meets an American girl, Emily Gordon, and falls in love with her leading to marriage. The movie is set to hit cinemas on June 23.

The movie is filled with quirky, funny and relatable scenes and is sure to be a hit among the crowds.

Nanjiani and Gordon co-wrote the script and filmed the movie long before Trump became the president, and the difficulties which Muslims are facing has given a boost to the film.

“Obviously it would be great if our movie came out and people didn’t see it as a political statement because it really isn’t. It is just a love story and a comedy,” Nanjiani was quoted as saying by Variety at the Los Angeles premiere.

The movie was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival and its distribution rights were acquired by Amazon for a reported $12 million, which is termed as being one of the biggest deals in Sundance history.

Rimsha Butt