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Here’s why Ali Fazal didn’t read the book, Victoria and Abdul, for his role

Actor Ali Fazal read several books on the history of the Victorian era to prepare for his role in the film Victoria and Abdul, which will be released in September.

bollywood Updated: Jul 27, 2017 16:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Alli Fazal,Judi Dench,Victora And Abdul
Victoria and Abdul starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal is set to release in September this year.

Ali Fazal has been super-excited ever since he started shooting for his film Victoria and Abdul that also stars British actor Judi Dench in the lead role. Adapted from author Shrabani Basu’s book by the same name and directed by British filmmaker Stephen Frears, the film is set to release in September this year.

According to a source, Ali didn’t even read the book before or while shooting for the film, as he wanted to focus on the adaptation instead. However, this didn’t stop him from doing thorough research to be able to play his part with more conviction. “In fact, Ali read eight or nine other books on the history of the Victorian era. He crunched 100 years of British history in two months of reading time and would sit in a room in London, reading and absorbing everything and refrained from meeting anyone or doing anything else while researching,” informs the source.

Ali portrays the character of Abdul Karim, a man from Agra who was appointed as an attendant to Queen Victoria and went on to become one of her closest confidantes.

Asked him about why he didn’t choose to read the book instead, the actor says, “There were times when I regretted the choice, but there was no other way to know. It’s hard to summarise 100 odd years in one book. But there were other facets, which I thought I mustn’t ignore. So I read whatever I could get my hands on. I think sometimes a part requires more than one approach or thought... I took all (laughs).”

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First Published: Jul 27, 2017 16:24 IST