Actor Ali Fazal attended special screening of his upcoming Hollywood film ‘Victoria & Abdul’ on Thursday in Mumbai. While interacting with media, Ali stated that when any actor is working with Judi Dench, then he have to be at the top of his game.
Ali Fazal is working with Legendary Judi Dench in ‘Victoria & Abdul’. Dench has won an Academy Award, a Tony, four television BAFTA Awards, six film, and seven Laurence Olivier Awards. She holds the record for most acting majors across all six American and British events, winning eighteen and receiving fifty two nominations. Other significant awards include two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and ten critics awards. Overall in her career to date, she has won 55 competitive awards from 203 nominations. She has also received 10 honorary awards, including the lifetime achievement Special Olivier Award and the BAFTA Fellowship, talking about working with Judi Dench, Ali said, “I was just trying to be in my character because my opposite actor was Judi Dench so when you work with her you have to be in your character. You have to be at the top of your game if not above your game. She is just wonderful to work with and I feel she keeps you in your character. She taught me to learn my lines and don’t bump into furniture that was the best advice I got form her. We spent around 3 months together on set. I share great bond with her while working on this film and I hope to sustain that and keep that going”.
Talking about response to his film at international circuit, Ali said, “I am very happy with the response to our film. Our nervousness has ended in last month when first time we showcased the film at Venice International Film Festival then we showcased it in London, Toronto and America. We have completed one month tour showcasing our film at different international platforms. People are liking the film especially in Europe and UK. Tomorrow film is releasing worldwide and it is releasing in India on 13th October so I hope people here also like the film”
He added, “Everybody from the industry has been immensely supportive. Everybody has texted me who are not able to come at the screening. Rakesh Mehra sir, Anand Rai sir and Naseer Sir they all have been very supportive”
Talking about the film, Ali said, “This film talks about racism happened back then. It’s a true story but we have tried to present that in fun way. It’s an odd, unique relationship between an old woman and relatively young man. I feel, 130 years down the line, only people have changed but atmosphere is still the same. It talks about love but over the years, we have done wars, nationalism, politics and it is not working but I feel love is the one the few thing that actually might work and I hope people see that in this film”
Talking about amalgamation of Bollywood and Hollywood, Ali Fazal said, “I think the world is getting smaller. We are coming together with the entry of Amazon and Netflix and they are doing amazing job here, so finally filmmaking process is becoming more democratic and therefore good actors are getting job”
‘Victoria and Abdul’ is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu. The film stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar.
The film is being produced by Working Title Films and will be distributed worldwide by Focus Entertainment which is a division of NBCUniversal. The film is being directed by award-winning director Stephen Frears.