Did Shah Rukh Khan's Iconic Role Come from a Pakistani Drama?

Pakistani actor Tauqeer Nasir has stirred controversy by accusing Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Karan Johar of plagiarising his work.

Written by  Prerit Chauhan   |  July 09th 2024 04:32 PM  |  Updated: July 09th 2024 04:32 PM

Did Shah Rukh Khan's Iconic Role Come from a Pakistani Drama?

In a recent interview on the YouTube channel , renowned Pakistani actor Tauqeer Nasir made headlines by accusing Indian filmmaker Karan Johar and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan of plagiarism. According to Nasir, the 2006 film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was inspired by the Pakistani drama Parwaaz, penned by the esteemed writer Mustansar Hussain Tarar. Nasir insists that both Johar and Khan owe credit to the original work and its creators.

Tauqeer Nasir, a luminary in Pakistan’s entertainment industry, has been honoured with prestigious awards such as the Pride of Pakistan and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. Despite his accolades, Nasir expressed disappointment at what he perceives as a lack of recognition from his Indian counterparts. While he commended Shah Rukh Khan’s acting prowess, he criticised the actor and the director for not acknowledging the inspiration behind the film.

Nasir pointed out striking similarities between his character in Parwaaz and Khan’s portrayal in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. “Even the detail of an injured leg, depicted in the film, was borrowed from my portrayal in the drama,” he asserted. Nasir emphasised that Karan Johar, the director of the film, also failed to credit Mustansar Hussain Tarar, the original writer of Parwaaz.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, directed and co-written by Karan Johar, features an ensemble cast including Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, and Kirron Kher. The film, which explores themes of marital infidelity and the complexities of relationships, was released in 2006 to widespread acclaim.


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