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I have been asked by if I can sing and if I am from Pakistan: Ali Fazal

Actor Ali Fazal says he is often confused with Pakistani actor Ali Zafar by people and has been asked to sing songs on stage.

bollywood Updated: Nov 02, 2016 07:47 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Ali Fazal,Ali Zafar,Pakistani artists
Actor Ali Fazal talks about being mistaken as Ali Zafar multiple times.

In the wake of the recent proposed ban on Pakistani actors in India, Bollywood actor Ali Fazal says he is often mistaken for Pakistani actor-singer, Ali Zafar. Interestingly, the two actors have never met face-to-face.

“Unfortunately he gets tagged a lot on my social media profile. So I end up seeing a lot of messages for him. I have been asked so many times by people, ‘do u also sing, are you Pakistani?’ It is the easiest typo that can happen in writing and speech. The funniest bit is that I have never met him,” says Fazal, who hails from Lucknow.

Fazal also recalls an incident when he was asked to sing on stage. He says, “I remember I was at a press conference where somebody came up to me with absolute confidence, like he knew me forever, and whispered in my ear, ‘You should sing a song now. The Indian audience will enjoy it. Your songs will improve India and Pakistan’s relations.’ I clarified to him that I wasn’t Ali Zafar.”

Pakistani actor Ali Zafar, who is also a singer.

Fazal asserts that the confusion has not particularly increased recently, but at one point he had to correct people a lot of times. “It happened a lot after Fukrey (2013) because my character’s name was Zafar. If I could have given speech on national television to clarify it, I would’ve have done that. It’s not math, it is Z and F,” says the actor.

Expressing his opinion on the proposed ban on Pakistani artists until relations between India and Pakistan return to normalcy, Fazal says, “It is true that we must be in a sort of unison when our country’s pride and army are at stake. There will always be protests, but I think it boils down to the support we give to our army after a certain point. Yes, we need freedom of speech and yes, it is stupid to ban someone. But there comes a time in our lives when we have to take a stand and say, ‘It is not because I hate you or I am racist or I differentiate, but it is because of the passport. I will stick by what my country is doing right now because there is a man out there at the border who is ready to give his life for me’.”

First Published: Nov 02, 2016 07:46 IST