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Ali Fazal: Won’t sacrifice Bollywood career for international projects

Actor Ali Fazal says Mumbai is home and nothing can take him away from the city; adds that everything began there and he respects that.

bollywood Updated: Jul 07, 2017 16:41 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Ali Fazal,Fukrey,Judi Dench
Ali Fazal stars with Judi Dench in his upcoming film Victoria and Abdul.(alifazal9/Instagram)

Ali Fazal is enjoying a career high with films happening both in India and abroad. Expressing his happiness, the Fukrey (2013) actor says that he wants to balance his career in Mumbai and outside India. Though it won’t be easy, Ali is clear that nothing’s worth sacrificing his Bollywood career for.

“Now I have reached a stage in Bollywood where even if I’m not present physically, films are happening and I have projects till 2018 at hand. So I won’t be missing out on action in any way. The idea is to open up globally on a world stage rather than Hollywood or Bollywood. For me, it’s a new beginning in Los Angeles and UK. I need to focus there a little bit more. But that doesn’t mean I am going to not work in Bollywood. I am not going to disconnect from Bollywood or sacrifice my career in the industry for international projects. Everything began here and I respect that,” says Ali, who will next be seen in the sequel of Fukrey and the Judi Dench starrer Victoria and Abdul.

The 31-year-old actor adds that at the moment he is planning to balance his work and time so that he doesn’t miss out on good film offers that come his way. “It’s very important at this point in my career. Also, Mumbai is home, so nothing can take me away from the city. If not anything else, I must come back for food,” says Ali.

He feels now it’s a great time for actors and directors all over the world. “A lot of collaborations are happening. Actors from India are getting good opportunities abroad because now they are not seen as individuals but as actors, and are being considered for important roles,” adds Ali.

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First Published: Jun 07, 2017 18:05 IST