Ali Fazal: ‘Sex is an Organic Part of a Relationship Today’

Ali Fazal says 'sex is an organic part of a relationship today' and talks about love, relationships, small town mores and his latest film 'Milan Talkies'
Ali Fazal: ‘Sex is an Organic Part of a Relationship Today’
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It is a happy co-incidence that Ali Fazal has done his first full-fledged romantic film Milan Talkies right when his own love story with Richa Chadha unfolds.

Reluctantly, Ali who is currently looking at the second season of his highly successful digital series Mirzapur, admits that being in love does make celluloid love more interesting. “I am sure it affects the way you look at love. How can it not?! But more than my own feelings, I relied on my director Tigmanshu Dhulia to guide me through the conventions of  love in Milan Talkies. He had never done a full-on love story. Neither had I.”

Ali rues the scarcity of love stories on  celluloid. “We don’t really get bonafide love stories like Milan Talkies any more. Here all the conventions of filmy love are employed. And yet there is a refreshing attitude to love in this film.”

The couple in Milan Talkies is seen being candid about sex. Says Ali, “Young couples today, even in the so-called small towns, do discuss and have sex, the way we are shown in Milan Talkies. Mores have changed  across the country. And most cities across India are now clued in to global trends including live-in relationships and pre-marital sex. It’s not something we did in the film to shock or titillate the audience. This is how young  people  speak and feel. Sex is an organic part of a relationship today and we wanted  it that way in the  film.”

Ali gives all credit to his co-star, the lovely Shraddha Srinath for the credible romance that’s woven into the  film. “We can’t show young people just looking and smiling coyly at one another. Social attitudes to relationships and sex have changed. Cinema must reflect that change. Shraddha is a terrific actress and a fine co-star to  work with.”
Ali feels he is fortunate  to have landed with the  role of  the lover boy-filmmaker in Milan Talkies. “I am  aware  of  the hands that the role passed through. I am grateful to all those  actors who didn’t do the film. I fell in love with my character and film as soon as Tigmanshu narrated it to me.”

Now Ali has his hands full this year . “I’ve the second season of the webseries Mirzapur. I don’t mind giving three months of my life to it. The impact has been tremendous. The reach of the series is staggering. I also have a  new film with Saif Ali Khan and Fatima Sana Sheikh for Star Fox studios which I’m looking forward  to. There are  some other projects that  I am on the verge of signing. There is no shortage  of  work or time. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.”