Ali Zafar starts shooting for Bollywood film

Published: September 30, 2010
Ali Zafar’s second Bollywood film stars Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. PHOTO: NOOR JAVERI/EXPRESS

Ali Zafar’s second Bollywood film stars Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. PHOTO: NOOR JAVERI/EXPRESS

Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar, whose debut film Tere Bin Laden released this year, has started shooting for his first Bollywood venture.

The actor is appearing in a supporting role in a Yash Raj Films production which stars Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles.

Zafar tweeted this week: “First day of shooting (is) relaxed, chilled. Imran, Katrina (are) fun to work with. Dir and the whole crew (are) lovely. Weather (is) romantic. Film (is a) romantic comedy!”

Khan has not done a Yash Raj film before, but has delivered hits for productions by Aamir Khan and Karan Johar. However, Katrina Kaif and Khan may be exactly what the flop-hit film studio needs. The former is widely believed to be a guaranteed ‘hit-maker’ because a film she stars in has rarely flopped.

Yash Raj Films has not had a hit since 2009’s New York, which also starred Kaif. Their last productions – Dil Bole Hadippa, Rocket Singh, Pyaar Impossible, Lafangey Parindey and Badmaash Company did not do well at the box office despite starring big name actors such as Rani Mukherjee, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor -though Rocket Singh did earn praise from critics.

Bollywood directors such as Karan Johar were full of praise for Zafar’s work in Tere Bin Laden and tweeted incessantly about the film. Johar wrote on Twitter at the time: “Just saw Tere Bin Laden … wonderfully satirical … some fall down funny moments and great ensemble performances … @AliZafarforu (Zafar’s Twitter handle) is superb!”

At a press conference in Karachi in July, Zafar denied rumours he was moving to India. The musician told The Express Tribune that while he would travel to any country for work, “my home will always be Lahore.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Sep 30, 2010 - 3:19PM

    End of the day it is MONEY that is very important.

  • Nouman Masood
    Sep 30, 2010 - 6:39PM

    Well good to know about his new movie in bollywood but i think he s better from imran khan on acting as well as in looks ,nodoubt its a film of a big banner but a supporting role in starting may labeled ali as a supporting actor Recommend

  • Yasmeen Farrukh
    Sep 30, 2010 - 8:09PM

    Indians praise talents.Our most talented artists(Atif aslam,Rahat fateh ali khan)are in india because they get to enhance their talents properly there.Why dont they feel that in pakistan?Recommend

  • Anoop
    Sep 30, 2010 - 8:15PM

    He should move to India and adopt Indian citizenship. India needs to attract all kinds of talent to its shores. The money he is getting should stay in India.

    Also, I had read his interview where he says he wants to movie to Mumbai. Good that he has decided that. Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 4, 2010 - 4:29PM

    nice keep it upRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 20, 2010 - 12:55AM

    Great.. another sell out!Recommend

  • Oct 20, 2010 - 7:46PM

    maybe many missed name of film in question itself! Anyone around to care!?Recommend

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