A baffling video featuring actor Ali Fazal appeared on social media on Monday morning. It features the distressed-looking actor telling the world that his nude pictures have been leaked on the internet and that they are indeed him and not an impersonator. Ironically, Ali ends the post by imploring his fans to respect his privacy.
The entire exercise smells of publicity for Ali Fazal’s next release the ill-fated Milan Talkies, which was tossed for years from one actor (Imran Khan) to another (Shahid Kapoor) until it finally landed in Fazal’s lap. Since its completion, the film’s makers and director Tigmanshu Dhulia have been desperately trying to create some buzz around their product. But to no avail.
A friend of Ali Fazal debunks the conspiracy theory. “He has not mentioned any leaked nudes to us. Even if there were such leaks, by talking about them you are only attracting more attention to what you claim to be a breach of your privacy. The minute Ali says his nude pictures have been leaked, people will try to find them online. That seems to be the strategy to create some interest in his new film.”
It is unfortunate that the actor had to give clarifications that it’s him in the video....