The Ali Zafar Interview: 'Ranveer Singh is a Sweetheart, That's Why He is Ranveer Singh'
Ali Zafar couldn’t be happier. His production 'Teefa In Trouble' has received a terrific response at the box-office.He tells Subhash K Jha why this success means so much to him.
The film opened to a terrific response. Was that a relief for you after all the stress that you have gone through recently?
With faith, every unnecessary stress or negative emotion withers away. I was always happy, aware and grateful then. I am happier, more grateful and even more humbled now.
Was there a niggling doubt that the controversies (Ali is fighting allegations of sexual harrassment made by his colleague Meesha Shafi) may cast a shadow on your film?
Teefa In Trouble is your first acting assignment since Dear Zindagi.Why such long gap?
I like to take my time with the thinking process. This was a passion project where every department was pursued for perfection even under various constraints. Rushing into things can easily give birth to a half-cooked and mediocre result.
How did you get Ranveer Singh to make that tongue-in-cheek appearance in Teefa? Have you kept in touch with Ranveer since Kill Dill?
Ranveer is just a sweetheart. I asked him for it, he agreed. That is why he is Ranveer Singh.
What prompted you to turn producer? And are you game for regular productions?
The kind of film that me and the director Mr. Ahsan Rahim, who is a very dear old friend wanted to make, required a lot more than just being a producer. It required a big budget, a vision, confidence, sheer hard work and faith and on top of that we wanted to do and achieve things our way without any intrusion. All this was ony possible if I took the task of producing it.
Did you think Teefa In Trouble would be such a success?
It was a dream to be able to produce my first film that would change the course of Pakistani cinema history.
Teefa... is a situational comedy with lots of noise and bustle, glamour and gloss. Is this one of Pakistan's more costly productions?
Yes, I believe it is the costliest film ever made here. It's an entertainment package with a new style of action comedy romance thrill and much more.
Tell us about your music career. How are you moving forward with your musical aspirations?
Well, I would continue to follow music as that’s my first love. I wrote and composed for the film also so music always remains a part of me and my projects.
What are your future plans? What can we expect from Ali Zafar in the coming months and years?
More movies, more music and some more prose and poetry.
And finally,when do we see you again in India?
You tell me.