New Delhi: Pakistani actor Manzar Sehbai, who played the lead in ‘Bol’, is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Hasnanin Hydrabadwala`s film ‘Ya Rab’. Sehbai, who has been living in Germany since past 30 years, will play a pivotal character of neurosurgeon in the Hindi film. The actor had wowed critics and the audience with his turn as a strict hakim in Shoiab Mansoor`s ‘Bol’.
"That was my debut in Pakistani film industry and ‘Ya Rab’ is my debut for Hindi film industry. I have enjoyed both the experiences. I am basically a theater artiste and have done serious research in theater in Germany. Films are a new medium for me post retirement from teaching theater and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It`s quite entertaining," Sehbai said.
He has also received an offer to work side by side with Naseeruddin Shah in another Pakistani film.
"I am heading to Pakistan to get complete narration and get into my character."
Produced under the banner of True Films, ‘Ya Rab’ is written by Ikram Akhtar (of `Thank You` and `Ready` fame) with Sanjay Masoom (Krissh fame) and produced by - Mohsin Ali Khan. The film was shot in various parts of Mumbai and Lucknow and Manzar has had a good and positive experience shooting in Lucknow.
"Not that I could see the city but the interaction with the team has been very good. The city of Lucknow has beautiful people. Mumbai is also a very warm hearted city."
He also has had the opportunity to meet the Indian legend Dilip Kumar in Mumbai.
"It was an honour and pleasure to meet Dilip sahib. I am thankful to Mohan Kumar for arranging this meeting. It was amazing. I could not believe that Dilip sahib has given us an hour to meet. He gripped my hand so hard and wouldn`t let it go for the entire duration of our conversation. It was such a strong grip for a person of his age."