10 Pakistanis Who Made it to Hollywood


1: Faran Haroon Tahir

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Faran Haroon Tahir studied theatre at UC Berkeley and Harvard. He soon got impressive roles in movies like Star TrekIron Man, and Charlie Wilson’s War. He also acted in popular plays such as Grey’s Anatomy, and Blue Bloods. He can next be seen in JinnTwo MothersAshes , and the sci-fi TV series, “Warehouse 13”. He is at top among Pakistanis in Hollywood.

2: Kamran Pasha

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Kamran Pasha is a popular writer. His works include ‘Sleeper Cell’, ‘Kings’ and many other TV dramas. Pasha has always been passionate about retelling the history from a Muslim perspective. His next project is Ibn-e-Battuta where he will be diving back into Islamic history from a traveler’s perspective. His performances have inspired many Pakistanis in Hollywood.


3: Syma Chowdhry

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After appearing on MTV, the “Rachael Ray Show” and “Law & Order”, Saima Chowdhry scored local news anchoring positions quickly. However, her big break came from CBS as their Detroit anchor, where she currently hosts “First Forecast Mornings”

4: Meesha Shafi

Meesha Shafi 10 Pakistanis Who Made it to Hollywood

Among other Pakistanis in Hollywood, Meesha Shafi, the popular Coke-Studio singer and model, entered Hollywood with her role in “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”. In addition to singing and acting in films, she is active in humanitarian work, has a number of endorsement deals and is regarded as one of the most popular actresses and singers in Pakistan.

5: Dilshad Vadsaria

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Dilshad is an actress of Portugese and South Asian descent. She was borned in Karachi in 1985. Dilshad played Rebecca Logan in Greek’, the popular TV series. She currently appears in the comedy caper, 30 Minutes or LessShe is one of the few Pakistanis in Hollywood who have attracted massive attention from all around the world.

6: Iqbal Theba

IqbalTheba 10 Pakistanis Who Made it to HollywoodIqbal Theba is a popular Pakistani-American artist. He was born in Karachi in 1963. Iqbal played an epic role in ‘Married with Children’. When he appeared in ‘Friends and Nip Tuck‘, he beame an instant hit. His role in ‘ER‘ was another of his reknowned performances. He also played an important role in Transformers 2.

7: Ayad Akhtar

AyadAkhtar 10 Pakistanis Who Made it to HollywoodAyad Akhtar, born to Pakistani Parents in NY, is an American actor and writer. He is the recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Ayad was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his script of The War Within. He is also writing his first novel, named American Dervesh.

8: Ajmal Zaheer Ahmed

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He has written and directed three Hollywood films titled,“Alliance”, “It’s a Mismatch” and “Jinn”. He is also the executive producer of the movie “Jinn”

9: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NFAK 10 Pakistanis Who Made it to HollywoodThe famous movies ’2012′ had a song from Nusrat. When Nusrat was alive, he composed music for Dead Man Walking, Bone Collector, and Last Temptation of Christ. His work was appreciated throughout the world but he decided to discontinue his journey to Hollywood due to his personal issues with his music being used for sensual scenes.

10: Atif Aslam

atif aslam 10 Pakistanis Who Made it to HollywoodThree of his songs were featured in an Independent Hollywood movie “Man Push Cart”. Atif Aslam is also lending his vocals for the upcoming movie “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”. 


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