Cinematic collaboration between India and Pakistan will increase: Ali Zafar
Pakistani actor Ali Zafar is happy about the creative exchange happening between the two countries.Updated: May 04, 2016 09:04 IST
Actor Ali Zafar has gone back to Pakistan having wrapped up yet another film in India, which was being shot in Goa. “I am very excited about the film, but I can’t talk much about it. In due time, the makers will make an announcement,” says Zafar, who started his Bollywood career with Tere Bin Laden in 2010.
Back then, he was probably the first Pakistani artist to have played a lead in a Hindi film. However, many actors from Pakistan have played meaty roles since, including actors Fawad Khan, and Imran Abbas.
“Yes, I take great privilege in the fact that back in the day when I came here to shoot Tere Bin Laden in 2008, there was no real exchange happening between Pakistan and India, there was no real concept of having a Pakistani as a lead in an Indian film. Things changed as Laden happened, and the credit goes to the producer and the director also. The film did well critically and commercially, too,” he says. “Since then, I have done about six film – half did well, half didn’t, which is not a bad score at all. Now, I am doing another film and will continue to do films. At the same time, I am doing films in Pakistan also,” adds the Kill Dil actor.
He is hopeful that more collaborations will happen between the two countries, “In future, there will be a lot of collaboration between India and Pakistan cinema, artist exchange between the two countries is bound to increase. In fact, it’s great to see international collaborations. Nowadays, a lot of this is happening, like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra are doing cross-over projects. The world is becoming more compact and more global, so a lot more exchange between artists is happening. It is tremendous and fantastic, I’d love to be part of that process too be it music or acting.”
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