Ali Zafar’s dream to culminate on the heights of Deosai

Published: May 18, 2015
Actor to produce and act in a feature film set in the northern areas of Pakistan. PHOTO: KARIM SHAH NIZARI / FILE

Actor to produce and act in a feature film set in the northern areas of Pakistan. PHOTO: KARIM SHAH NIZARI / FILE


Pakistani superstar Ali Zafar, who time and again has expressed his desire to produce a feature film, finally announced his dream project on his birthday, May 18. The actor is all set to produce and act in the feature film titled Deosai.The action drama will be set in the northern areas of Pakistan, and will be shot on real locations. Scheduled to go on the floors by the end of summer 2015, it is listed for a worldwide theatre release by mid-2016.

In a conversation with The Express Tribune, the musician-turned-actor spoke of his decision behind shooting for the movie in some of the most scenic locations of Pakistan including Deosai. “In my opinion the location is as important as the story. It is like a building block in the film and actually helps take the narrative of the movie forward.”

Ali added, “I wanted to have my first movie shot in Deosai and the places around it was because I wanted to showcase the beautiful side of Pakistan, one that has not been shown on film previously.”

Renowned visual storyteller Imran Babar has signed onto the project as a director. Having already worked as a filmmaker in northern areas, he fell in love with the idea ever since Ali shared the story with him.“It’s an extremely powerful story and I am excited and honoured to be a part of this project,” remarked Babar.

While speaking about the film, Ali said, “Being an artist who likes to discover the intricacies of various art forms, venturing out into creating a feature film is a thrilling beginning.”

Revealing some vital information about the film he said that two of the central characters in the movie are females and an international artiste has already been cast for one of the parts but the details cannot be revealed at the moment. Ali is currently on the search for a female lead in the movie who he thinks has to be a great actor to justify the multiple layers of her character.

Deosai is Ali’s way of playing a part in the revival of the Pakistani film industry and he wants to do it by making films that are not just avant-garde in their aesthetics but also meaningful.

“I want to make films that can make a difference and are remembered for a long time for their content, besides being successful commercial ventures,” he says. “I waited for that right intuition and idea for my first film as an actor/producer and I am extremely happy with the way it has shaped up.”

Sharing his excitement about shooting at some of the country’s most beautiful locations he said, “I just can’t wait to visit and shoot in all those breath-taking locations in the north, especially the second highest plateau in the world, Deosai, which is known as the land of the giants, after which we have named the title.”

Regarding the soundtrack of the movie Ali Zafar told that, “The movie will not have an item song, not because I am against it but because it is not that kind of a movie. It is a very meaningful film and I want the soundtrack to be very organic, one that complements the narrative of the film.”

The actor who very recently turned down the opportunity to star in three major Bollywood productions stated that he wanted to fully devote himself to this project since it was his own production.

“We would be staging extensive workshops for the movie and bringing in international acting coaches as well. Also I would be undergoing training by action and stunt directors,” shared Ali.

Clarifying the rumours surrounding the news that he had signed on to a Bollywood road film opposite actor Huma Qureshi he replied, “I cannot comment on this right now as I’m currently in talks. But yes I have been offered this film and another.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th,  2015.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Nasreen Ghani
    May 19, 2015 - 3:40AM

    Come on Ali Zafar out withe the real truth,-Bollywood has stopped calling you! after all th hoopla you were never able to capture the ultimate Bollywood dream you ignored Pakistani film indusstry & since no one has cast you in any of the many exciting films in the making you had no choice to make a film to get you to star in it. With Fawad Khan steealing your thunder he has acted in many Pakistani films and has taken India by storm I think you missed the bus in reviving your career! Recommend

  • Realist
    May 19, 2015 - 4:44AM

    Please don’t let this guy shoot in Deosai. The place is a national park and there is already way too much stress from humans on the resources of the park.
    The park is the last refuge of the Himalayan brown bear and great effort over the last 20 years have gone into rescuing bear populations. However, even now there are only about 50 bears in the park.

    If you really care about the park, Ali Zafar, then shoot somewhere else and donate part of your earnings to wwf-Pak or HWF.Recommend

  • Ramis
    May 19, 2015 - 7:47AM

    ET couldn’t you find even a single picture of Deosai plains? The picture above is of Paya peak (above Shogran located in Kaghan Valley) and not of Deosai. Deosai National Park is hundreds of kilometers apart and thousands of feet higher.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    May 19, 2015 - 11:06AM

    Please spare the area of pollution.

    Already Galliat are turned into huge

    Trash bins Recommend

  • Ahsan
    May 19, 2015 - 12:24PM

    Nasreen Ghani has to be Shaan or Fawad under cover. Haha. Such negative mindset is the reason our country is here. Always trying to pull those down who want to do something great for the country. Ali zafar is the reason Fawad is in Bollywood. He is the one who started this whole phenomenon and showed everyone how it’s done! Built their confidence that it’s ok to work with Pakistanis. Made us proud with every project. First they said why doesn’t he work in Pakistani film. Now that he is wanting to do something for Pakistan these jokers are commenting like this.
    Thank you Ali Zafar for making your first film in Pakistan and for Pakistan and showing the world the most beautiful side of Pakistan. You have always been an inspiration. Don’t let these cartoons effect your dream. Recommend

  • Bilal Hussain
    May 20, 2015 - 5:51PM

    It’s an excellent initiative to bring tourism back in full swing, since picturing deosai in a film is entirely different than what people have seen it otherwise. Considering the business side of it, the high quality of content and picturization would be paramount in building a little economy there. Locals would be the end beneficiaries with the film’s indirect gains. Recommend

  • Nasreen Ghani
    May 20, 2015 - 10:56PM

    @Ahsan unlike you I do not have to hide behind Shaan or Fawad to display my feeling about Ali Zafar, your crush is undeniable that said do you really believe Ali zafar is the reason Fawad is in Bollywood? the only phenomenon he started is that a pretty face strumming a guitar and prancing around in a stupid dance sequence cannot hide his limited acting skills, If he was a legend as in your eyes do you not think that Bollywood fans would be clamoring for him and you never addressed the question where was he when Pakistan film industry was struggling now he wants to trash and destroy one of Pakistan’s most beautiful areas I guess he can fulfill a dream as soon it will be Ali who? Recommend

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