Fardeen Khan reminisces as Kareena Kapoor suggested him for Dev on its 20th anniversary: ‘Eternally thankful to her’ | Bollywood

Fardeen Khan frequently posts nostalgic moments for his followers on social platforms. The performer recently penned an appreciation note as Govind Nihalani‘s Dev marked two decades. Fardeen disclosed that his co-actor Kareena Kapoor had suggested him for the Amitabh Bachchan-led political action-drama. (Read also: Fardeen Khan reveals the initial scene he filmed for Heeramandi with Aditi Rao Hydari)

Fardeen Khan expressed appreciation to Kareena Kapoor for recommending him for Dev.

Fardeen Khan lauds Govind Nihalani‘s narrative talent

The Heeramandi actor posted a reel on his Instagram handle where his character Farhan Ali delivers intense lines about faith and communal discord. The clip shows snippets of Kareena, Amitabh, and the late actor Om Puri amidst gunfire and explosions. Fardeen captioned his post, “It was my third movie with @kareenakapoorkhan and she suggested me for the part, and I will forever be thankful to her for that. Being chosen by the esteemed Govind Nihalani for a film with icons like @amitabhbachchan and Om Puri was a significant validation for any artist. Govindji was highly reputed and renowned for his meticulous direction and poignant storytelling.”

Fardeen says he has always admired Amitabh Bachchan

He further added, “This role allowed me to participate in a film that was impactful and relevant, something rare for that era. But the most significant aspect for me from DEV was sharing the screen with Amitji, an artist I admired deeply. His life and extraordinary career have profoundly impacted Indian cinema and left an indelible imprint not only on me but on every Indian. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, an immense honor, and an absolute privilege to work with him, making it one of the highlights of my career.”

Fardeen and Kareena were also cast opposite each other in Fida, released in the same year after Dev. The pair appeared in three films together, including Khushi (2003).

Fardeen Khan’s return to acting

Fardeen recently appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Heeramandi as Nawab Wali Bin Zayed-Al Mohammed. This show marked his return to acting after nearly a 14-year hiatus. The grand dramatic series also starred Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharmin Segal, Richa Chadha, Shekhar Suman, and Adhyayan Suman in prominent roles. Fardeen will next appear in Visfot, produced by Sanjay Gupta. He will also feature in Mudassar Aziz‘s Khel Khel Mein alongside Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Vaani Kapoor, Ammy Virk, Aditya Seal, and others.

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