Every artist thrives for appreciation and acknowledgement by their fraternity, the accolade gets even special if it’s by a bigger platform and set of jury. Filmfare Awards are the most presitigious awards of India. A few Pakistani superstars who have worked in Bollywood have been facilitated and honoured by the Filmfare Jury.

Here’s the list:

Saba Qamar


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The Baaghi star was nominated in the ‘Best Actress category’ for her superlative performance as Meeta Batra in the Irrfan Khan starrer Hindi Medium (2017). Talking about her achievement she stated in an interview that fellow actor Mawra Hocane informed her about it and she felt great being nominated alongside Sridevi, Vidya Balan and Alia Bhatt.

Fawad Khan

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The Zindagi Gulzar Hai actor created history by bagging the ‘Best Debut’ award for his breakthrough Bollywood performance in Anil Kapoor’s Khoobsurat co-starring Sonam Kapoor. Fawad attended the ceremony with his wife Sadaf.

Nazia Hassan

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The disco deewane singer made her debut with the song Aap Jaisa Koi from Qurbani (1980) and won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer at the age of fifteen, becoming the first Pakistani to win till date. 

Quratulain Balouch

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The Humsafar singer received a nomination at the Filmfare awards (2017) for her Bollywood singing debut with Pink‘s Kaari Kaari.

Atif Aslam

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The transnational star has five Filmfare nominations in his kitty for the following chartbuster songs.

Woh Lamhey (Zeher)

Bas Ek Pal (Tere Bin)

Tu Jaane Na (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani)

Badlapur (Jeena Jeena)

Tere Sang (Rustom)

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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Rahat has been nominated five times and has even won once for Ishqiya in 2011.

2010    Love Aaj Kal (Aaj Din Chadheya) 

2011    Ishqiya   (Dil To Bachcha Hai)           

2011 My Name is Khan     (Sajda)

2012    Bodyguard     (Teri Meri)    

2017    Sultan (Jag Ghoomeya)

Ali Zafar

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Ali was nominated for the ‘Best debut male’ category for his Bollywood debut Tere Bin Laden (2010).

Salma Agha

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The veteran actor and singer has three diverse Filmfare nominations in her kitty. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her song in the feature film Nikaah (1982). she was also nominated in the ‘Best Actress’ category for her role in the same film. In 1984 she bagged another nomination for her singing skills in Kasam Paida Karne Walay Ki.

Zeba Bakhtiar

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Zeba garnered a nomination in the ‘Best actress’ category for her starring role in the Rishi Kapoor starrer Henna (1991).

Imran Abbas

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Imran fetched a ‘Best Debut’ nomination for his debut Bollywood movie, Creature3D co-starring Bipasha Basu.