Throughout the span of his career, Bollywood star Ali Fazal has starred in various films. While one of his most famous films in Bollywood has been Fukrey, the actor has also worked in Hollywood with films such as Furious 7 and Victoria and Abdul. Now, Ali is gearing up to head to London to start filming his venture – Death on the Nile – which is an adaptation of author Agatha Christie’s famous novel of the same name. And while the actor has chosen some amazing projects in his career, he’s also very vocal when it comes to making people’s voice heard.
In a recent interview, Ali spoke about his beliefs pertaining to an artist’s responsibility. He said, “We, as actors, have to be more responsible citizens. The way we conduct ourselves outside - the way we talk or the ideologies we project - say a lot about how much we care about our people and the country. Politicians are not the only representatives. Of course, they are part of a structure that has to run the country, but art, at the same time, questions the grounds on which the country is treading. So that’s equally important if not more.” He continued that there is no use of art if it’s not used to speak up.
While opinionated artists barely thrive in Bollywood, Ali is not scared. He explained, “Those times are over when people could sit back and say, ‘Hey I am apolitical. I don’t vote and get into all that.’ That’s sad. I have a responsibility to people, not just here, but globally too. I am also part of the academy, so I have to be very measured when I am speaking. And I am speaking on behalf of a lot of people.” In terms of his work, Ali will be hosting the 20th IIFA awards with Radhika Apte, which will be held in Mumbai tonight.