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Haven’t thought of playing a gay role at all: Ali Zafar

The popular Pakistani and Hindi film actor says that he hasn’t been offered a gay character yet and will consider it, depending on the “kind of role” it is.

bollywood Updated: Jul 25, 2016 14:18 IST
Ali Zafar,Ali Zafar Pakistani actor,Fawad Khan
Ali Zafar talks about playing a gay character, says he will consider it, depending on the “kind of role” it is. (Facebook)

Fawad Khan’s homosexual character in Shakun Batra’s Kapoor & Sons grabbed many eyeballs. The popular Pakistani actor is now exploring Bollywood films, much like his fraternity co-member Ali Zafar. But unlike Fawad, the latter hasn’t paid a mind to playing a gay character yet.

In an interview with DNA, Ali was quoted as saying, “If I play gay, it would only depend on what kind of role it is and the offer. I haven’t thought of it at all, because I haven’t been made any such offer.”

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Ali Zafar says that it ‘pleases’ him to be compared to his contemporary Fawad Khan and that he is happy that Khan is so well-received in India. (Facebook)

Further, when quizzed about his feelings on being compared to Fawad, the 36-year-old singer-actor said, “It pleases me for a bigger reason: since the time I came in, I just didn’t think of myself. I thought that I was just one person. There will have to be many like me who take this exchange of artistes between our two countries forward. And I feel very happy and glad that someone like Fawad is so well-received here. I hope more artistes come and receive that much love and vice-versa.”

On the work front, Ali, whose Kill Dill performed significantly bad at the Box Office in 2014, will be seen in Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi this year, playing Alia Bhatt’s love interest.

When he was asked the reason for this long gap and being away from big screen, the Mere Brother Ki Dulhan actor said, “I spent close to five years here shooting films and doing lot of work. And to be honest, I was far away from family and saw my son growing up on Skype. He’s around five years old now and my daughter is a little over a year old. I was missing out on the important moments and I felt that I needed to give more time back home.”

“I was exhausted with all the back-and-forth travelling. I took a break, went home, built a big house with a pool and fulfilled my dream to have a big music studio in the basement,” he added.

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Further, speaking about his failure of films, specially Ranveer Singh-Parineeti Chopra-starrer Kill Dill, Ali stated, “I have been very conscious of the scripts and the content, but I think I will be even more cautious now. I didn’t sign many films before, because after a certain point, you get typecast and get the same roles. I had played the chocolate-boy and I wanted to try different things. I did Kill Dil because of that. It didn’t work out at that level.”

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First Published: Jul 25, 2016 12:01 IST