Published On: Thu, May 5th, 2016

Ali is hopeful for cross-border collaboration



Ali Zafar includes in the list of initial Pakistani actors who performed a lead role in a Bollywood movies and he feels pride actually that his work has endorsed talent trade amid the two countries.

Recently he has stated in an interview that “I take great privilege in the fact that back in the day, when I came here to shoot Tere Bin Laden in 2008, there was no real exchange happening between Pakistan and India; there was no real concept of having a Pakistani as a lead in an Indian film.”

He further continued by saying that “Things changed as Laden happened, and the credit goes to the producer and the director also. The film did well critically and commercially too,”

The Dil Kill actor further said that “Since 2008, I have done about six films – half did well, half didn’t, which is not a bad score at all,”

Ali has many further cross-border collaborations in future, “In future, there will be a lot of collaboration between India and Pakistan cinema, artist exchange between the two countries is bound to increase. In fact, it’s great to see international collaborations”.

The eminent singer also added that “Nowadays, a lot of this is happening; for instance, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra are doing cross-over projects. The world is becoming more compact and more global; so, a lot more exchange between artists is happening. It is tremendous and fantastic, I’d love to be part of that process too be it music or acting,”

At present, he is busy in another Bollywood venture, “I am doing another film and will continue to do films. At the same time, I am doing films in Pakistan as well,”

Although Ali didn’t reveal much about the project, “I am very excited about the film, but I can’t talk much about it. In due time, the makers will make an announcement.”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.