Batman has been voted the greatest comic hero, ahead of Spiderman and Superman, by a poll conducted by the British magazine, Comic Heroes. And that may be one of the many reasons Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar is delighted, as he recently had a close encounter with Batman (actor Christian) Bale.
When Ali was shooting his London Paris New York (LPNY), at New York’s Times Square, he discovered that his favourite actor was working on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) just a few feet away. “Christian Bale dropped in on our sets dressed in his Batman costume looking for tips from a Bollywood unit. We were filming an intimate scene and told him if he wanted to be in the frame, he’d have to take off his suit and mask,” quips Ali, tongue-in-cheek.
After a minute, he admits he was joking revealing that there was little interaction between the units. The chances of Bale or producer-director Nolan visiting them were remote as barricades and security prevented anyone from the LPNY unit from wandering.
“I was shooting the climax and I was too concerned about getting my monologue right to think about meeting Batman,” says Ali, adding, “I didn’t even chat with Shaggy, who was shooting a music video in front of us. We were on a tight schedule as we had to travel to three cities in three countries — United Kingdom, France and the US — in 32 days and there was little time to waste.”
Singing for God
On March 3, Ali will perform at the Jhan-e-Khusrau — the annual Sufi festival hosted in Delhi by Muzaffar Ali.
“It’ll be a night dedicated to Sufi kalam and spirituality. I’ll be singing for God,” says Ali, pointing out that he will be eternally indebted to the Lord for bringing him so far in life. “Whenever I reach a milestone in my life like this, my first solo hero love story, I like to remember and thank him. All of us start out with a lot of passion and purity, but somewhere along the way, we lose that innocence and soul. I don’t want that to happen to me.”