Ali Zafar: ‘My lips are sealed’

Published: October 6, 2011
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Ali Zafar has refused to kiss his female lead in his third 
Bollywood film, London, Paris, New York.

Ali Zafar has refused to kiss his female lead in his third Bollywood film, London, Paris, New York.

KARACHI: 

It was thought by many that once Ali Zafar, crosses the border, he would change. However, it has been reported  there have been no drastic changes in the singer-cum-actor’s attitude as he climbs the ladder to success on the silver screen.

Recently there have been rumours that Zafar would be sharing ‘intimate scenes’ with his co-star Aditi Rao, in his upcoming Bollywood romantic-comedy, London, Paris, New York. The film, about a couple who fall in love while visiting the three cities, is slated to release next year.

According to koolmuzone.com, Zafar revealed at a Mumbai press conference that the script demanded intimate scenes between him and his co-star Aditi Rao. “We have tried to make a film that will make you fall in love with the characters. In this film we have very family intimate scenes. So, you can watch it with your family.” Zafar’s co-star Aditi Rao stated, “We have not forced sex scenes anywhere just because it is believed that sex sells.”

However, Zafar’s publicist Ammara Hikmat has clarified to The Express Tribune that, “By intimate, Ali didn’t mean obscene scenes. He refused to kiss his co-star and the script had to be changed to suit his demands. By intimate he means it is a cosy and romantic film.”  Hikmat added that Zafar was, in fact, joking at the press conference when he said, “Well I do make sure as soon as I wake up I brush my teeth because I’d be doing very intimate scenes.” Hikmat said, “He believes that everyone has the right to express their own freedom of speech and action in reasonably defined parameters. He tries his best to keep general values of his home country in mind and work in a way where he can fulfil his professional obligations and not disappoint his fans at the same time. We have witnessed his choices to do this and make us proud.”

Hikmat also revealed that, “This is the first time that an actor (Zafar) is writing lyrics, singing and composing at the same time for a Bollywood film.” While shedding light on his upcoming venture, Zafar said, “I am really looking forward to this film now that Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has raised the bar and exceeded the revenue of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Ready in Pakistan. I can’t thank my fans enough and I hope they will make my future endeavour a success.”

Controversial Pakistani celebs

Veena Malik

As a housemate on the Indian reality TV show “Big Boss” last year, Malik was criticised for her vulgar clothing and intimate relationship with Bollywood actor Ashmit Patel.

Meera

The Lollywood starlet who acted in Bollywood producer Mahesh Bhatt’s film, Nazar, has accused Bhatt of abusing her and slapping her on the face.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (65)

  • Ayesha
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:03PM

    That is why we love ali zafar

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  • Dengue rani
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:10PM

    Zafar Zafar everywhere, how can ET even mention meera veena in the same space yuck

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  • Khan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:13PM

    how can he miss this chance :p kaisa larka hai ye

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  • d241241
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Thank God someone representing us with grace and dignity across the border , success has come to Ali despite all that ..

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  • Najeeya Salman
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:53PM

    What a bunch of crap… if your an actor you make film and if it involves sexy..intimate scenes then you use your talents to make it happen. Trying to be holier-than thou is characteristic that sells well to the religious factions, your an actor first make it happen!

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  • Oct 7, 2011 - 12:58AM

    He refused to kiss his co-star ON CAMERA :)

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  • shazi
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:22AM

    InshAllah our prayers are with u. May god give u all the success in the worldRecommend

  • Sania Mujeeb
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:27AM

    I hope it’s true, pakistani artists usually forget their limits when they get a chance abroad, if the statement is correct i wish him all the success.

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  • Aazan sair ali
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:46AM

    Asalam Walikum

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  • omg!
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:52AM

    Go ahead kiss someone. Meera did. You are less than a woman, Ali? :p

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  • janu janwar
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:22AM

    what’s the big deal in a kiss, a movie can’t be “cosy and romantic” without it

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  • Asjad
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:54AM

    I was expecting something on this…The herione is question had kissed in almost EVERY scene in one of her last movie …Yeh Sali Zindage…So good to hear this…but I wont be dishearted if Ali had kissed her…its is his choice…he is there to do a job:)!

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  • zebopebno
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:46AM

    but he said ‘family intimate moments’…(whatever that is)

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  • pakcrisis
    Oct 7, 2011 - 4:52AM

    You missed a good chance bro!

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  • Oct 7, 2011 - 6:51AM

    The good stuff is not for the camera, of course. Veena taught him that much with her mistakes.

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  • hater
    Oct 7, 2011 - 7:14AM

    cant believe he’s the fifth sexiest man of Asia! Seriously? :s and he overacts.

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  • komal
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Ali zafar u r d bst……d real man…luv u:))

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  • komal
    Oct 7, 2011 - 8:49AM

    Ali zafar u r the real man….evry man shuld b inspired by him.Recommend

  • ayeta ejaz
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:28AM

    Hi Ali Zafar

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  • kashan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:51AM

    good guy :-)

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  • m.sohail
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:59AM

    *Salam…!!!
    Ali Zafar
    great work keep it up…!!!
    *

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  • maliha khan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:04AM

    l like u …….:P

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  • maliha khan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:06AM

    i like ur sytle…………… :)

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  • Nauman Rafique
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:17AM

    I like the film Mere brother ki dulhan less than Tere bin Laden. Why Tere bin Laden is not released in Pakistan However it contains the story of a Pakistan’s city “Karachi”. I recommend all the fans of Ali Zafar to watch the Movie “Tere bin Laden”. I watch this movie about 10 times but the enjoyment is same at every time when i watch this.

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  • ayesha
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:23AM

    The bulk of what is published is given by his publicist – so it can hardly be considered unbiased. No doubt Ali Zafar is talented but you cannot judge whether he has changed or not based on release of only 2 films. Anyway, no onscreen kissing is not such an unusual requirement. Most movies do not have onscreen kissing and there are many Indian actors and actresses who also have this requirement.

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  • MUHAMMAD WAQQAS
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:34AM

    KEEPT IT UP ALI ZAFAR

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  • from India
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:44AM

    I love you..!!

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  • Adeel Mirza
    Oct 7, 2011 - 11:33AM

    proud of you my boy, yo, Pakistani !!!

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  • sania
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:00PM

    This is so hypocritical if a women does something like this everyone is after her blood and if a man does it everyone encourages him. Do our cultural values change for men and women?
    ps:I’m refering to the comments

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  • Farhan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:19PM

    Ali is bound to achieve heights, fame and money are small things for Ali. He is handsome and intelligent as well. Well, by the way, he must be careful because any minute mistake can cause uproar back in Pakistan.

    Good performance Ali, keep it up.

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  • Oct 7, 2011 - 12:27PM

    love you ali zafar

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  • ruby
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:58PM

    love u for this baby…,

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  • ruby
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:59PM

    wish u gud luck for yo forth coming movie…u rock!!!

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  • H.K
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:06PM

    Great.. Keep on rocking. :)

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  • Zaiba.
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:22PM

    Hey that’s really cool Mr.Ali. U R really a Good one dude. Just love it

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  • Bilal Khanzada
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Classic act !!

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  • Erum
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:20PM

    more reasons to respect and love him! :) our pride!! :)

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  • Oct 7, 2011 - 2:42PM

    amazing….he is making us really proud

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  • FJ
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:48PM

    …only if it would have been a boy :P

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  • AD
    Oct 7, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Would he refuse to smoke, if he wanna play a role of Churchill?
    Or wont he do intimate scene if he wanna play a role of Gigolo?
    Ali Zafar won’t play character ? He want to be remain Pyara Puttar.

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  • Oct 7, 2011 - 3:28PM

    Thats why i like him…
    First intellectual n descent actor from Pakistan who worked brilliantly in Bollywood..
    Acting,singing and composing..Khush reh yar..

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  • Ayesha S
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Doing intimate scenes is part of being an actor, if you’ve sold your soul to the film industry then there is no point in being a prude especially in an industry where sex sells. So Ali will and feel and touch a woman up in the name of art but won’t kiss her??? what’s the point in that? You can’t be virtuous and a sex symbol at the same time. I can’t believe people actually fall for this rubbish. Show me a real virtuous chaste actor/actress and I’ll eat my hat.

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  • W
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:42PM

    Why on a earth did he get into acting then? What roles is he hoping to play? The heroine’s gay friend?

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  • Cosmo
    Oct 7, 2011 - 6:46PM

    @Dengue rani:
    ET is trying to point out people with gender bias like you. While Veena was abused in Pakistani media for intimate scenes, Zafar being a man is lauded for that. Shame on such norms of the society and such people.Recommend

  • swati jain
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:10PM

    nyc….:)

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  • swati jain
    Oct 7, 2011 - 9:11PM

    love u

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  • sania shaikh
    Oct 7, 2011 - 10:41PM

    we love u ali zafar
    i m sure u will recevie the same support and love from the indian audience tooooo
    we want to see u in many more filmsssss

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  • Fardeen
    Oct 8, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Honestly, I thought Ali Zafar was way over the top in MBKD.

    Everytime Ali sings, there seems to be a Kishore Kumar hangover in most of his songs.

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  • naaz khan
    Oct 8, 2011 - 1:53AM

    love u.
    I want to see u many more filmssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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  • TMZ - Burbank Hollywood California
    Oct 8, 2011 - 3:59AM

    “Variety” the showbiz industry newspaper that is read by all the Hollywood producers and investors were shocked at Ali Zafar’s …”I won’t kiss disclosure” it was reported on TMZ last night that Pamela Lee Anderson had Ali Zafar, and Veena Malik in mind and production talks were to be scheduled next month for a film, their publicist had promised that the two actors were on board with the script but now with this recent development the project may be delayed and Fawad Khan may now be in consideration.

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  • Hasan
    Oct 8, 2011 - 9:51AM

    Maybe he bats for the other team!

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  • muhammad
    Oct 8, 2011 - 12:30PM

    well this is why ali zafar is so cool we know that he has a naughty boy image over here but he is representing pakistan in a dignified and a respectful way
    way to go AZ

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  • AD
    Oct 8, 2011 - 5:09PM

    Bad breath?

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  • Fatima
    Oct 8, 2011 - 5:31PM

    Only two movies and Ali Zafar is already acting like a Diva? It is a big mistake to say he will refuse to kiss an actress, he’s just gone and alienated himself from almost all film roles! Congratulations Ali you just ended your film career.

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  • mustafa
    Oct 9, 2011 - 10:04AM

    Proud of you ali …….you are real pakistani

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  • Bushra Salim
    Oct 9, 2011 - 10:37AM

    @mustafa – Proud of you ali …….you are real pakistani
    Real Pakistanis don’t kiss.?..we excel in every other aspect…terrorism…minorities persecution…corruption…female violence….conspiracy….religious intolerance…why my friends do we have to stop now?

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  • Sunny
    Oct 9, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Proud of you Ali Zafar <3Recommend

  • Srikant
    Oct 10, 2011 - 12:59PM

    Appearance wise he still looks like 20-22 :)

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  • Srikant
    Oct 10, 2011 - 1:00PM

    He looks like 22 :)

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  • Sarah Khan
    Oct 10, 2011 - 8:33PM

    LOL @family-intimate-scenes! honestly? what is meant by that term exactly? that by watching it with ur family u dont get embarrassed? :P

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  • Aneeza
    Oct 11, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Omg…..! I really am glad to know that there still r people who really care about their BOUNDARIES and LIMITS!!! very gud Ali! Although m not a fan ov urs but i really liked the way u refused to kiss d actress…..! Thankfullu, there r ppl who represent pakistan in a gud way…..

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  • thia mona
    Oct 25, 2011 - 1:38AM

    hi ali hru? u r the best

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  • priya
    Nov 1, 2011 - 3:31AM

    i dnt feel there shud b such a big fuss over kiss in any side of border. If every script ll b modified for actor thn he’s nt an actor.bt its just tht i feel married men n women may hurt spouse.othrthan that thrz nthng wrng in kiss if thrz an understanding

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  • faryal
    Nov 2, 2011 - 3:06AM

    good job .we must not forget our tradition and culture.indians are just checking out our honesty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • p
    Dec 1, 2011 - 10:15PM

    @Syed Harris Ahmed:
    dude there is more then that

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