The ‘Jeeto Pakistan’ star, who was one of the three honourees from Pakistan at the Filmfare Middle East last night, credited the seasoned actor-dancer of Bollywood, Govinda for being his inspiration in the world of acting.
In his acceptance speech, while receiving the honour of the ‘Promising Star of Pakistan’ at the prestigious night, Mustafa said, “This is an honour, be it a Pakistani or Indian actor, to stand on Filmfare’s stage.”
He added, “We all prepared our speeches, Sajal [Aly] I can’t top that by the way, you [Sajal] did an amazing job.”
Mustafa also spoke about the ‘Partner’ star who was among the attendees at the event from the neighbouring country. He noted, “I started acting in the first place because of Govinda sir. We are your fans and in Pakistan, we always thought if we have to act in a certain way, it has to be like you and then came Ranveer [Singh].”
Concluding his speech, Mustafa hoped to see both the countries and cinemas ‘unite again’ for some good work. He made the audience chant the very popular “Jeeto Pakistan” before getting off the stage.
Apart from Fahad Mustafa, Pakistani stars Sajal Aly and Humayun Saeed also represented the country at the awards ceremony and were awarded the trophies of ‘Most Popular Face of Pakistani Cinema’ and ‘Trendsetter of Pakistani Cinema’ respectively.
Bollywood stars with the likes of Hema Malini, Arjun Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Shehnaaz Gill, Bhumi Pednekar, Vaani Kapoor, Maniesh Paul, Tamannaah Bhatia, Bharti Singh, among several others represented India at the event.
It’s a star-studded event when our very own celebrities are presented honours alongside Bollywood stars. At the Filmfare Middle East Achievers Night in Dubai, Sajal Aly, Fahad Mustafa and Humayun Saeed were awarded for their respective work in the entertainment industry. Mustafa in his acceptance speech credited Bollywood star Govinda for inspiring him to start acting in the first place. He also rushed from the stage and embraced Coolie No.1 actor in a hug and shook his hand.
On Saturday, Aly was awarded Most Popular Face of Pakistani Cinema, Saeed as Trendsetter of Pakistani Cinema and Mustafa for Promising Star of Pakistan. In his speech, Saeed talked about his win and the possibility of going to India, Aly thanked him for giving her an opportunity to act and for believing in her. While the Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad actor dedicated his speech to Govinda.
“This is an honour, be it a Pakistani or Indian actor. To stand on Filmfare’s stage, we all prepared our speeches, Sajal I can’t top that by the way, you [Sajal] did an amazing job. I started acting in the first place because of Govinda sir. We are your fans and in Pakistan we always thought if we have to act in a certain way, it has to be like you and then came Ranveer,” said Mustafa.
He added that he counts himself lucky to be standing on the same stage as Govinda and asked the audience to give a round of applause for the star. “I hope Pakistan and India unite again to do good work,” he said.
It wasn’t only Mustafa who spotted alongside Bollywood A-listers; Aly was also seen having a moment with Janhvi Kapoor before heading onto the stage.
Hema Malini, Arjun Kapoor Ayushmann Khurrana, Shehnaaz Gill, Bhumi Pednekar, Sunny Leone, Manushi Chhillar, Vaani Kapoor, Maniesh Paul, Rakhi Sawant, Tamannaah Bhatia, Bharti Singh, Kanika Kapoor, Sharvari Wagh, Tejasswi Prakash and Karan Kundrra, among many others were also seen at the awards.