Bollywood actor Ali Fazal on working with Judi Dench in his upcoming Hollywood release, Victoria and Abdul, aspiring to stardom and how art needs to engage with politics.
Born in Lucknow, Ali has starred in Bollywood films like “3 Idiots”, “Fukrey” and “Happy Bhag Jayegi”. He made his screen debut with a small role in the English language film “The Other End of the Line” in 2008.
The film “Victoria and Abdul”, explores the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, Abdul Karim. Abdul was brought to England as a servant in 1887, but within a year Victoria had promoted him to ‘Munshi’, or teacher.
The first look poster of the movie is out! Ali Fazal is seen in a royal look.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 24, 2017
In the poster, the actor is sporting a beard look for the role and is donning a turban too. The film also has Judi Dench and the major part of the movie has already been shot in Europe. This is the first poster released by the makers.
Helmed by Frears, “Victoria & Abdul” is based on a novel by Shrabani Basu. It revolves around the relationship shared by Queen Victoria and Abdul, who was a Munshi in her government. It also shows his journey on how he became one of the most powerful figures in the court. It tells the tale of the final years of Queen Victoria in the late 1800s United Kingdom when she developed special bond/friendship with an Indian clerk. The story tells the endearing tale of an unlikely friendship and the rise of Abdul Karim as one of the most influential court men in the Victorian Empire.
The film “Victoria & Abdul” trailer was released recently and we couldn’t take our eyes off due to its simplicity and historical magnanimity. In the trailer, Judi Dench and Ali Fazal’s on-screen camaraderie was nearly picture-perfect.
Watch the trailer here:
Wishes and congratulatory messages started pouring as soon as the trailer was out and it is the first time that an Indian actor was seen so prominently in a British film trailer.
The actor was flooded with congratulatory messages from his fans and well-wishers on social media. Bollywood celebrities were nowhere behind to express happiness and congratulate Ali Fazal.
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) May 30, 2017
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) May 30, 2017
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) May 31, 2017
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) May 31, 2017
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) May 31, 2017
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) May 30, 2017
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) May 31, 2017
Produced by BBC Films and Focus Features, the film is all set for a release on September 15th in the UK, followed by an Indian release soon after.