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'I was apprehensive about doing Tere Bin Laden'

Pakistani singer Ali Zafar, who makes his Bollywood debut as an actor with Tere Bin Laden, was initially apprehensive about taking up the film fearing that it would hurt the sentiments of people.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2010 17:32 IST

Ali ZafarPakistani singer Ali Zafar, who makes his Bollywood debut as an actor with Tere Bin Laden, was initially apprehensive about taking up the film fearing that it would hurt the sentiments of people.

"When I received the offer I was apprehensive, as the title of the film goes Tere Bin Laden. But when I read the script I found it was a comedy. It is a satire and does not hurt anyone's ideology," Zafar told PTI. "The idea excited me and the script was hilarious. It was fun to do this film," he added.

The pop singer and actor, who has delivered hit numbers like Sajania and Masty, is playing a journalist in the Abhishek Sharma-directed movie. "I play a journalist from Pakistan, who is desperate to migrate to the US. He fails to get there because of visa problems post 9/11. So he decides to produce a fake video of Osama Bin Laden to attract attention, but lands in trouble," Zafar said.

The 30-year-old versatile artist prefers doing "intelligent cinema" and likes the work of Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Govinda. "I like the work of Akshay Kumar and Govinda, their comic timing is superb. With regards to films, I love the Munnabhai series, My Name is Khan and Rajneeti," he said.

Besides acting in the film, Zafar, also known as 'Prince of Pop' in Pakistan, has also lent his voice to two songs. "I have sung two songs in the film - I love Amrika and Ullu da pattha. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy have given fabulous music (in the film)," he said.

Tere Bin Laden is set for a worldwide release on July 16.