Bollywood friends made it easy for me to work here: Ali Zafar

Published: May 4, 2012
Ali Zafar recently received best new talent trophy at Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards in India. PHOTO: FILE

Ali Zafar recently received best new talent trophy at Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards in India. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Actor, singer and composer Ali Zafar, who received the best new talent trophy at the 143rd Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards, says the support of his co-actors made it easy for him to work in India.

“Katrina Kaif (with whom he worked in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan) is a good actress, a good friend and there are other friends also who supported me and cared for me. This love and support have made it very easy for me to work in India,” the 31-year-old said at the awards ceremony Thursday.

Talking about the award, he said: “I really adore this award. It’s really a big and prestigious honour for me. I feel I am too small for an award like this. So, I would like to thank the jury for thinking about me for such a prestigious award.”

“I couldn’t have had asked for more. I don’t have words to explain my happiness and gratitude towards the academy,” he added.

Ali debuted in Bollywood with the 2010 superhit film Tere Bin Laden and later did films like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and London, Paris, New York.

For him, Bollywood is a global village.

“I think Bollywood is the world’s biggest industry. It has a big heart and even the Indian audiences have a big heart. If you see the industry, you’ll find people from all over the world working because of its adaptable nature. It doesn’t matter if you are from Hollywood or Lollywood, you should work here to experience all of it.”

Praising the Indian film industry, Ali said that it has grown in leaps and bounds and added, “It has gone through many interesting phases and each and every era had its own magic.”

Meanwhile, Ali, who had lost weight for David Dhawan’s Chashme Buddoor remake, is now gaining weight for the Vettai remake.

Chashme Buddoor is my next film. I am playing a young college student in it, so I thought of losing weight because college students are really thin. I also ensured that there are no muscles. So I lost a lot of weight. And now for my next film, I am again gaining weight,” he said.

Ali also talked about his cameo in Tere Bin Laden Part 3.

Tere Bin Laden Part 3 is coming and when Abhishek Sharma narrated the story to me there was one character which I thought I’d enjoy more. It is a cameo but is very interesting. I myself told him to let me play that part and Abhishek was also excited about the idea. We are working on it,” he said.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • ayesha_khan
    May 4, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Afridi says Indians have a small heart. Ali says Indians have a big heart. Guess who makes money in India.


  • Soul for peace
    May 4, 2012 - 7:38PM

    Keep it going Ali, you are one of the best Ambassadors Pakistan could ever have dreamt of. Rest assured, you are most welcome in our country and we treat you like one of our own.


  • amit
    May 4, 2012 - 9:43PM

    good work Ali.

    Keep it up.


  • ved
    May 4, 2012 - 10:09PM

    We love you Ali…………We Indians don’t hate Pakistani people whether they’re artist or a general public, but the political issues has divided us so much that when we raises our different opinions, it seems to all other that we hate one another.


  • curious
    May 5, 2012 - 3:08AM

    But isn’t he related via marriage to Aamir Khan? If so then obviously it would be easy for him to work in India. Like anywhere in the world, you need useful, reliable and helpful contacts plus talent so its working for him. All the best.


  • bharat
    May 5, 2012 - 9:51AM

    Well the fact is that he is good, thats why he will keep on doing well


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