Entertainment Hollywood 13 Aug 2016 Ali Fazal to star wi ...

Ali Fazal to star with British legend Judy Dench

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SUBHASH K JHA
Published Aug 13, 2016, 12:41 am IST
Updated Aug 13, 2016, 12:45 am IST
The film is based on the book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story Of The Queen’s Closet Confidant by Shrabani Basu.
Ali Fazal
 Ali Fazal

As incredible as it sounds, this is fact, not fiction. The young star, who made quite an impact internationally with his small role in Fast and Furious 7, has now landed a pivotal role opposite the British acting legend. So how did this happen?

Ali laughs and says, “It was really quite simple. Some weeks ago I heard Nandini Shrikant was casting for a film called Victoria & Abdul, which was about the friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian Muslim assistant who travels to England to be with her. I contacted Nandini, but she said all the auditions for Abdul’s role were already done. I insisted on sending my audition and twenty days later Nandini called to say I was selected!”

 

The film is based on the book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story Of The Queen’s Closet Confidant by Shrabani Basu. For the character, Ali has brushed up his Urdu. “The relationship is very unusual and unorthodox. It’s going to be a challenging part of my career. Luckily, I am already acquainted with Urdu.”

As for romancing Judy, Ali says, “I am sanctioned by the script to flirt with her! We are doing the film in one long schedule later this year. We shoot in Scotland and London and there is one long spell in Florence. I am very excited. It is like the beginning of a new phase in my career.”

 

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