Bollywood is hard work, says Ali Zafar

The actor says he hopes to be in Hollywood in the next few years.

Saadia Qamar July 12, 2012


After his energetic performance with actor Humaima Malik at the Lux Style Awards Tuesday night, The Express Tribune caught up with actor-singer Ali Zafar for a quick chat backstage.

He was sitting with his wife Ayesha Fazli while he watched clips from his LSA performance of “Madhubala”; he shook his head disapprovingly as he spotted some mistakes in the routine, acknowledging that the performance would have to be re-done for recording purposes after the guests had left.

The star said that his upcoming Bollywood flick, Chashme Buddoor, which was all set to be released during Eid, has now been delayed. “There are a couple of good films coming up during that time and this one is a very special one. We don’t want it to lose its special place, so its release has been re-scheduled for December this year,” he said. Directed by David Dhawan, who also directed Bollywood flick Partner, Chashme Buddoor is a remake film of a 1981 film of the same name and also stars veteran Indian actors Juhi Chawla and Anupam Kher.

Bollywood is not easy, he said.“Does anything come easy in this world?” he asked. “It’s (Bollywood is) a lot of hard work.”

Zafar’s journey has indeed been long. From his days of painting portraits as an artist at the Pearl Continental hotel in Lahore, he has undergone a complete metamorphosis. “It’s all been very rewarding. I worked hard, gave a lot of time to music and I am grateful that people really appreciated my work.,” Zafar said with pride. “Although more of my work is now concerned with Bollywood, I never let go of a chance to perform here in Pakistan!”

“I do stuff here, like the LSA performances, because my true identity comes from Pakistan.”

When we asked the actor what his plans in the near future are, he surprised us by saying “In three to five years, it’s definitely going to be Hollywood.” We wish him the best of luck!

Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2012. 


Imran | 10 years ago | Reply

@mano: You have no idea how people in Pakistan feel about Amitabh ji, Anupam Kher, etc or Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor or any other talented artists. The only reason they don't come to Pakistan because our industry is very small and Lollywood can't afford to have them at least for now. If there is any production in future where such artists could be brought to act, you will see how we appreciate that movie.

Imran | 10 years ago | Reply

@BruteForce: Nusrat Fatah Ali khan, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, Abida Parveen, Rahat Fatah Ali Khan, Atif Aslam, Pakistani pop artists, and the list goes on and on. Your country gave respect to all of these artists and the ppl in ur country are crazy about them. So just don't talk nonsense plz.

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