Educating girls can make the world a better place: Ali Zafar

  • Medha Shri Dahiya, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 27, 2016 16:02 IST
Ali Zafar is working hard to raise awareness for the importance of education for girls.

Pakistani actor and singer Ali Zafar is just back home from another housefull concert. And he is already tuning his guitar. Ali also works tirelessly on several things at a time – some for making his status better, some for making society better. “I recently got done with 50 shows in 60 days. I have also just finished creating more great music for my album. My first production in Pakistan is also on... and we have also wrapped up my next Bollywood film, we finished shooting in Goa for it, but the director and the producer will make an announcement in due time . There are some other initiatives that I have been busy with too, such as the cause of educating girls and building schools. And my team Islamabad United won the Pakistan Super League, which is like IPL,” says Zafar, who holds the cause of education close to his heart.

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“My parents were professors - my mother is the first post doc scholar in library sciences in Pakistan, and my father was the chairman of the fine arts department of the Punjab University (Pakistan). So, I understand the importance of education and therefore the cause of education is very close to my heart. I understand that education can change things, and make this world a better place. I have been sponsoring the education of more than 100 girls. We recently started building schools (after the Peshawar incident) and about 27-28 schools will be complete midyear,” says the 35-year-old, who until last year shied away from talking about his social initiatives. “Yes, I did (shy away from talking about my charitable events). Now I do, because I want to motivate and inspire others,” says theactor, who was also invited to Dubai to perform at the charity event which was held to honour teachers. The other celebrity guests included Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra, and Hollywood actors Salma Hayek and Matthew McConaughey.

“For the cause of education, I had gone to Dubai about an initiative which was part of the Girl Rising event. I performed some fusion of jazz with my songs, also performed classics like Imagine by John Lennon. I performed Sun Ri Sajaniya and Madhubala, then Abhishek Bachchan came on stage and I called Matthew and Parineeti too, and we all sang and danced. It was fun,” says the actor, adding, “It was very warm meeting Salma and Matthew. With Matthew, we chatted even after the event. We hung out and discussed international politics, acting, education and more. He is one of the most friendliest and down-to-earth person I have ever met, and most talented certainly.”

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