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Ali Fazal taught Hollywood star Judi Dench Urdu, says she’s a good student

bollywood Updated: Dec 02, 2016 08:11 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Actor Ali Fazal was shooting for the film in London. (Amal KS/HT Photo)

Actor Ali Fazal has donned the teacher’s hat. He has been giving Urdu lessons to Hollywood actor Judi Dench, and has been enjoying every bit of the process. The duo — that’s working together in a Hollywood film, tentatively titled Victoria and Abdul — indulged in lessons in their free time between shoot schedules. Dench plays a queen in the film, and Fazal his confidant servant, Abdul Karim.

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“Judi is an amazing human being and a total professional. I can say that she knew Urdu to the T by the end of it all. She learnt words, sentences and writing... all of it”

“Abdul Karim taught the queen Urdu for 14 years, and I tried teaching some to Judi whenever we got some time off over the period of three months that we were filming. We both lived our parts in reality,” says Fazal, who hails from Lucknow.

The actor adds that working with Dench has been a fine experience, as she is a thorough professional. “Judi is an amazing human being and a total professional. I can say that she knew Urdu to the T by the end of it all. She learnt words, sentences and writing... all of it.”

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