Refusal to lock lips: YouTube sensation Zaid Ali T turns down Hollywood

Published: January 8, 2015
Being true to yourself and your morals is one of the best feelings, says Zaid. PHOTO: Zaid Ali T facebook page

Being true to yourself and your morals is one of the best feelings, says Zaid. PHOTO: Zaid Ali T facebook page

KARACHI: Canadian Youtube sensation Zaid Ali T on Wednesday announced that he turned down a role offered to him in a Hollywood movie. 

With over 147,000 Twitter followers, the young star quickly became a household name for desis all over the globe by uploading videos which comically pointed out differences between ‘desi’ and ‘white’ people.

Almost four years on, the Canadian born Pakistani star has over two million likes on his Facebook page and over one hundred videos on his Youtube channel.

It seems even Hollywood wanted a piece of the funnyman who took to his Facebook page Wednesday evening to announce that he had received an offer from Hollywood but turned it down due to a kissing scene in the movie.

He said that he could never imagine doing something of the sort and that he had always told himself that he would never “sell himself out” regardless of how much money and fame it would bring him.

“Being true to yourself and your morals is one of the best feelings and it shows that you have achieved something in your life.  Insh’Allah there’s something better written for me, maybe not. But I am very happy with my decision,” he said.

Be that as it may, Zaid’s video’s continue to go viral on various social media platforms and we hope the talented star continues to make us laugh with his witty videos.

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Reader Comments (45)

  • Syed
    Jan 8, 2015 - 11:33AM

    One Word ” Respect”


  • Rumormonger
    Jan 8, 2015 - 11:45AM

    Love this guys sense of humor and portrayal of desis abroad.


  • Noman Ansari
    Jan 8, 2015 - 11:51AM

    You guys do realize that he plagiarizes his content right? At this moment in time I can show you five videos that were ripped off from videos years old, word to word, and down to the music. I should blog this.


  • AintersGonnaAint
    Jan 8, 2015 - 12:11PM

    @ Noman Ansari, haters gonna hate


  • zzz
    Jan 8, 2015 - 12:14PM

    says the guy who copies half his videos


  • intellectual.pseudo
    Jan 8, 2015 - 12:15PM



  • Soha
    Jan 8, 2015 - 12:15PM

    @Noman Ansari:
    Well that’s what Zaid portrays in his videos; the desi approach to everything! And you just proved the ‘plagiarizing guy’ right!
    This article is sharing something he underwent but you came up with an agenda to criticize. I am sure your claim would definitely has weight but over here, nobody is talking about the originality of his work. Its just being acknowledged.
    No hard feelings but as much as I’m a Zaid Ali fan, am also someone strict about plagiarism as i belong to the advertisement industry, but here my friend, debate should be logical :)


  • A
    Jan 8, 2015 - 12:15PM

    @Noman Ansari:
    Hi Noman, really? Can you share links to some videos he has plagiarized ?


  • Abdullah Zahid
    Jan 8, 2015 - 12:20PM

    @Noman Ansari:
    He do one wrong doesn’t mean he should just cross all the limits. Stop burning Desi Liberals. And FYI, I have noticed him giving proper credits lately.


  • roohafza
    Jan 8, 2015 - 12:22PM

    maybe he can do a desi vs. white video of rejecting scripts for different reasons.


  • Fay
    Jan 8, 2015 - 12:41PM

    @Noman Ansari:

    Please DO blog it! I can’t stand him.


  • Jan 8, 2015 - 12:43PM

    Noman Ansari nobody cares about you.


  • Sabeet
    Jan 8, 2015 - 1:31PM

    Guys, Thats what he wants, Attention. This is the way attention seeker do so stop giving him so much attention !


  • Ahmed Mirza
    Jan 8, 2015 - 1:43PM

    @Noman Ansari: I’m also surprised how he’s being boastful about following certain Islamic values. What could be more unmoral than to steal? Anyway I don’t think he was offered a leading role in some high budget movie anyway. This guy just loves himself and reflects pride which again is not very Islamic. So please blog it!


  • emoogirl
    Jan 8, 2015 - 3:39PM

    He is just awesome. ..


  • anonymus
    Jan 8, 2015 - 5:37PM

    proud of you yaar :)
    you raised our heads in front of the white people…. :)


  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 8, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Well done Zaid, proud of you bro !!!!


  • RealDeal
    Jan 8, 2015 - 6:05PM

    Noman Ansari: its okay to plagiarize if you can do it in a better way or in your own way. So I can live with that in this age where you do not know who is copying who.


  • Jan 8, 2015 - 6:24PM

    ZAID has done a tremendous job here. I don’t know how many of you hate him. But he has done absolutely perfect here. He told us that Money isn’t everything. Infact we have to show ourselves next in Dooms day. Great job Zaid


  • Jan 8, 2015 - 7:04PM

    There’s always a workaround. Denzel Washington doesn’t do kissing scenes either. The producers could have used a double, changed the script somewhat to only hint at intimacy, etc.


  • AT
    Jan 8, 2015 - 7:25PM

    plagiarism or not is another issue…as far as this news goes, he should be repected.


  • Imran
    Jan 8, 2015 - 7:25PM

    @Noman Ansari: Copyright rules, plagiarism etc maybe serious issues in the West but here we don’t give a damn.


  • Critic
    Jan 8, 2015 - 9:05PM


    Would love to see you maintain that stance when someone takes credit for your work..


  • Saqib
    Jan 8, 2015 - 10:00PM

    Much Respect!


  • Talha
    Jan 8, 2015 - 10:40PM

    @[email protected]:
    He would still be condoning the act. Also, free mixing with the opposite gender isn’t allowed, so that’s another thing.


  • zara
    Jan 8, 2015 - 10:48PM

    Awesome dude, btw he is extremely taelented and creative. Attaboy!Recommend

  • anon
    Jan 8, 2015 - 11:49PM

    @Noman Ansari: oh please do. Zaid is truly an amazing human being.


  • Rana Sami Ul Haq
    Jan 9, 2015 - 12:10AM

    I really like the videos of Zaid Ali … He is an extremely talented guy and his acting is truly original … We live in a world where everyone has professional jealousy and we don’t appreciate the true talent … @noman ansari is one of the example of such cases …


  • gullible nomore
    Jan 9, 2015 - 12:48AM

    Did anyone bothered to actually verify his claims? A person who blatantly plagiarizes content can say whatever for publicity!


  • unzila
    Jan 9, 2015 - 4:30AM

    @Noman Ansari:
    U also might realize that other youtubers plagerize his ideas or content as well…dont forget to include that in ur blog ;)


  • G.I. Joe
    Jan 9, 2015 - 7:31AM

    @Noman Ansari:

    Don’t be jealous Noman.

    Just because you didn’t make it in life doesn’t give you the right to bring honest people like Zaid down. He’s worked hard and is upholding good moral conduct.

    He makes Pakistanis proud. You on the other hand should move to India (if you are not from there already!) if this is your attitude in life towards successful Pakistanis.


  • ABC
    Jan 9, 2015 - 11:34AM

    @Noman Ansari

    Its his decision/personal choice not to go for it and we should respect it. No one will allow his/her own husband/wife to do this, but yet we are very critical if someone else rejects it.


  • Rehana
    Jan 9, 2015 - 8:31PM

    Plagiarism or not, this guy is hilarious and no one could do these videos better. End of ;)


  • Ayesha
    Jan 10, 2015 - 3:27AM

    @noman. I believe he’s just inspired from the videos and he is doing them in a better way because of his personality, humor, and funny Punjabi English accent. Its okay if he’s taking a bit from the other videos because he is putting forward his videos in a better way which is attracting a lot of viewers. Also, he is making our nation and country proud where we search for little happiness. Cheers!


  • shakeelah
    Jan 10, 2015 - 4:42AM

    He is awsome even if he copied i will appretiate the way he attracted people toward himself which old video couldnt


  • xainab
    Jan 10, 2015 - 12:44PM

    @Noman Ansari:
    but he copies better .


  • Jabeen
    Jan 10, 2015 - 1:57PM

    Why cant people be happy for someone? @Noman Ansari:


  • Mohammed
    Jan 10, 2015 - 3:34PM

    @Noman Ansari:
    Stop hating man. It’s ok if he plagiarised some content. Surely he did it better than the first version. Many people redo music, movies etc. Why does that bother you. Think positive.


  • King
    Jan 11, 2015 - 2:34AM

    I dont think he was offerred any role, there are hundreds of young actors who audition every days and thousands of youtubers get millions of hits every hour. His acting is terrible anyway.

    This guy is just an attention seeker, unfortunately there are lots gullible people following him and giving him the attention that he craves so badly.


  • Rafhya
    Jan 11, 2015 - 5:45AM

    I am so sick of Muslims hating on Muslims. Here in London you’ll have white people giving positive feedback but the Pakistanis and many Muslims showing negativity and hate. Why? Seriously are you jealous? Do you have something missing in your life that you take every chance to criticise. If you don’t like someone or something DONT give your input. Before pressing the send button stop and read your pathetic hate filled comment and with an open mind realise how jealous and hateful you come across to the world.


  • mo
    Jan 11, 2015 - 9:33AM

    I don’t think the guy is funny..he keeps on doing same something creative..Recommend

  • waseem
    Jan 11, 2015 - 9:40AM

    Wow the Hollywood movie, but i think he forget to mention the name of the movie,or director or even his role but in all of this he only remember the kissing scene,i don’t know he is too clever or the people are just so damn stupid.


  • Bilal
    Jan 11, 2015 - 11:58AM

    some guys are jealous of his popularity that is why they are talking against him. Well done Zaid at least you can bring smile to some faces in this tense period the whole world is passing through. May God bless you.


  • Feb 6, 2015 - 1:02AM

    yes bilal well said i don’t know people jealous if someone doing a better work for humanity. some people have negative mindset and they have post a bad review.


  • Caveman
    Feb 26, 2015 - 4:03PM

    Everyone have something to say about someone! But lets face the facts! This man steps back from a Hollywood movie because of what he believe is right… Good for him! I watched many films and the Actresses looks like angels but once you google their name, then you find porn style photos of them??? Lets call a spade a spade… Thats not the type of rolemodels I want for my children. Hollywood is plastic an fake. A person who give up his/her moral values for fame and money lost everything, even his/her name. Now thats America for you…Recommend

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