By: Faisal Saif
South Indian actress Flora Saini who made a small come-back in Salman Khan starrer ‘Dabangg 2‘ has recently turned down a Pakistani film offer which also had controversial actor of ‘Bol‘ fame Manzar Sehbai. According to the sources, Flora was offered ‘French Colony‘ to be directed by Sarmad Sehbai and produced by IQ Studio (Pakistan) but the actress rejected the role as she thinks this would tamper her other acting assignments.
“Yes, I was offered the lead role in ‘French Colony’ and actor Manzar Sehbai had approached me personally. But i have seen Pakistani actors come to India for work and when they go back, They talk bad and indecent about we Indian’s in their Press and Media. Pakistani comedian Shakeel Siddiqui and cricketer Shoaib Akhtar are some biggest examples. Even Shah Rukh Khanji has indirectly referred Shoaib Akhtar as a ‘Liar’ in one of his interviews some one year back. So keeping these facts in my mind, I refused the film.” said Flora Saini. French Colony is being directed by Manzar’s brother Sarmad and it is been shot on the extensive locales of Lahore.
Flora further added “I come from an army background, And i am a Patriotic Indian entertainer too. I don’t think i will get myself associated in a project where later on few people across the border will try and tarnish the image of my country.”
The actress is presently all geared up for Nagesh Kukunoor’s ‘Lakshmi‘ where she plays the lead role and Hasnain Hyderabadwala’s ‘Ya Rab‘. Both the films releases by the end of this year.