Actor Ali Fazal talks about his role in Bobby Jasoos, delivering ‘I love yous’ and pranking Vidya Balan
Ali Fazal’S entry into films was quite fortuitous. A theatre artiste, his talent caught the eye of director Rajkumar Hirani in one of Prithvi Theatre’s plays, and he was offered the role of the brooding singer, Joy Lobo, in 3 Idiots. He was then picked by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment for Always Kabhi Kabhi, which opened the doors for films like Fukrey and Baat Ban Gayi. Today, the 27-year-old is nervous but excited about his latest film, Bobby Jasoos, where he is teaming up with Vidya Balan. “I play a TV anchor who wants to get out of Mughalpura, a small town, and do something more meaningful. Vidya’s character, who wants to become a detective, also wants something bigger from life. I am the guy who brings out the girl in her,” says the boy from Lucknow.
Age no bar
While casting Fazal and Balan, director Samar Sheikh seemed to have taken the adage ‘age is no bar for love’ a tad seriously. Says Fazal, “It did bother me initially that I am much younger than her, but Vidya is actually a bachchi (child). Since it is a woman-centric film, I was also worried about what I was signing up for. But the movie is tasteful and enjoyable,” says Fazal, adding that time on sets was fun. A prankster, Balan made shooting enjoyable. However, when Fazal decided to prank her, his plan backfired. “I slipped love letters, under the name Babbar, into her room. I thought I was keeping her guessing, until, during an emotional scene, she whispered ‘what’s up, Babbar’. I was so embarrassed,” he laughs.
As for his favourite genres, Fazal wants to do a full-on romantic film. “I want to do something like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” he says, adding, “I think I can say ‘I love you’ really well.” Working with the Khans helped him too, the actor admits. “SRK once told me, ‘find something that you like and let it kill you.’ From Aamir, I learned to love the quest for knowledge,” says Fazal, who will be seen in Mukesh Bhatt’s Khamoshiyan and Rohan Sippy’s Sonali Cable. But what we are looking forward to is his cameo in Fast & Furious. “It is a small role and I met the entire gang, even Paul Walker. It is a funny scene, but it might not even be used in the movie,” Fazal concludes.
Bobby Jasoos is scheduled to release today.