Jun 08

Ali Zafar: Climbing up the ladder

Pakistani heart-throb Ali Zafar will be seen playing the lead in David Dhawan’s remake of 1981 romantic-comedy film Chashme Buddoor.Ali Zafar Climbing up the ladder

Zafar has already proved his comic timing in Tere Bin Laden and this time around he is working with the king of comedy, Dhawan himself. The much-awaited venture is slated to release on August 31, according to Zafar’s publicist Ammara Hikmat. The actor would be playing the role of a musician Siddharth Parashar, which was originally played by Farooq Shaikh in the 1981 film.

Original Chashme Buddoor starred Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Baswani and Saeed Jaffrey. In the 2012 remake, however, one would see Zafar dancing and romancing Telugu star Taapsee Pannu. Besides these two actors, the film features Rishi Kapoor, Anupum Kher, Divyendu and Sidharth. The film has been shot in exotic locations such as Goa and Mauritius.

According to the grapevine, the film opens up with Zafar doing a dance number and this has been confirmed by the actor himself as he tweeted, “I had a wonderful time shooting for the movie and specially the songs in true Bollywood style.” The actor admits that when he was offered the role, he felt that it was a must to watch the original version again to pick up on the original flavour of the comic caper which continues to entertain movie enthusiasts even today.

It seems that just like Zafar impressed Dhawan with his portrayal of a young journalist Ali Hassan in Tere Bin Laden, Dhawan has also left quite an impression on Zafar with his directorial abilities. The actor is all praises for the director, who had a hit-jori with Govinda in the 1990s and together the two came up with comedy hits like Coolie no.1 and Raja Babu.

However, it was the original director Sai Paranjpye, who rewrote this film and found great similarities between Zafar and Shaikh. Paranjpye then asked Dhawan to consider Zafar for the remake. In a press conference, Paranjpye said, “Both Shaikh and Zafar are aristocratic and cultured. And there’s a certain masoomiyat (innocence) about them. When my co-writer Renuka and I began to rewrite Chashme Buddoor for contemporary times, we immediately thought of Zafar in Farooq’s role.” Music of the film has been given by Sajid-Wajid and rumour has it that Zafar has contributed to the music of the film too.

2012 has been a good year for Zafar, who was awarded the ‘Superstar of Tomorrow’ award at the Stardust for his role in the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award, which unfortunately was snatched from him by an unknown person. This is Zafar’s third Bollywood film as the lead hero, Tere Bin Laden and London, Paris, New York being the other two.

May 12

Mumbai man snatches award from Ali Zafar

MUMBAI: According to Indian media reports a man at the Tulip Star Hotel in Juhu, Mumbai, snatched the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award trophy from the hands of Pakistani singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar and ran away with it.Ali zafar award man snatches

Which raises the pertinent question – was it because he is a Pakistani actor working in the Indian film industry? “In any story of scandal such as this, its not the who, how, where, what and when, which is as important as the ‘why’,” remarks a Bollywood PR guru.

“If that ‘why’ can be answered in this sorry scenario too, the riddle can also be solved,” he adds. Expressing his sympathies for Ali Zafar, the PR pundit said it was not a new phenomenon as many other celebrities had gone through similar helpless circumstances in huge crowds.

Ali Zafar made his India debut with the successful comedy Tere Bin Laden, and followed it up with another hit in Yash Raj Films’ Mere Brother Ki Dulhan co-starring Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. His last film London, Paris, New York also received critical acclaim.

Some of the other prominent awardees at the 143rd Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards included actors Amitabh Bachchan, Tanuja, Vinod Khanna, Ajay Devgn (Singham), Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Waheeda Rehman, Saira Banu – Dilip Kumar, Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar (Bade Achhe Lagte Hain), Farhan Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), Prakash Raj, ace journalist Chaitanya Padukone, producer Ekta Kapoor and singer Gurdas Maan.