British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed might not be a hugely popular name in Hollywood, but he is appreciated by critics from across the globe. After stellar performances in films such as The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) and Four Lions (2010), Riz has got rave reviews for his acting prowess alongside actor Jake Gyllenhall in the recently-released film, Nightcrawlers. We spoke to Riz, 31, over the phone, and he called our entertainment stories 'wicked', speaking to us at length about his passion and respect for Bollywood. He said that the industry has a 'certain way of making films' and that he has 'a lot of respect for them'.
The actor is a huge fan of Irrfan Khan and Aamir Khan, and says he 'likes the kind of issues that he (Aamir) works on'. Riz also calls Naseeruddin Shah a favourite. He shared a rather candid summary of his first meeting with the veteran. “I met Naseer saab at Prithvi Theatre. He came up to me and instead of saying a ‘hello’, repeated the Urdu cuss words that I used in Four Lions,” said Rizvi, adding, “He then said, ‘very good choice of gaalis’. To get a compliment this big from someone like him was an absolutely wonderful feeling.”