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Tracing Ali Fazal’s journey from Lucknow to London
The big league
Ali Fazal will soon be seen as the lead opposite Judi Dench in ‘Victoria and Abdul’. The period film set in 18th century will have Ali playing the role of Abdul Karim, an Indian servant who became close confidant of Queen Victoria and became one of the most influential Indian figures in the Royal Court in those times. The film is set for a release on September 22, 2017.
On his way to direction
Ali might soon be donning the hat of a director for a comedy short film for a script which has been written by his friend.
Ali Fazal isn't just a strong performer but also a great musician and writer. He is a very good guitarist and also has his way with the words. Ali writes short stories and poems in his spare time and we have heard the actor is also penning his first feature film’s script.
Ali almost lost the part in ‘Furious 7’ as he was trekking in inaccessible locations of Himalayan mountains with his friends and couldn’t receive a call or message from the ones who approached. But to his luck, Ali somehow got mobile network and chanced upon a message of an urgent screen test. With a lot of struggle Ali made his audition tape for ‘Furious 7’ and was soon cast for the role.
An accident to stardom
If it wasn’t for an accident which injured Ali's arm making him temporarily incapable to play sports, Ali would have never pursued theatre. It was after seeing him in theatre, that a close associate of Rajkumar Hirani cast him as Joy Lobo in ‘3 Idiots.’
An interest in athletics
Ali Fazal was born in Lucknow and studied engineering in Doon College of Engineering where he was a professional athlete. He was a state level basketball player.