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Interview : Ali Zafar

'Aditi and Katrina are really dear to me'

Actor-composer Ali Zafar is steadily making a mark in Bollywood. His last film MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN with Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif performed fairly at the box-office and his performance was also appreciated. And now the actor is all set to entice the audience with his film LONDON PARIS NEW YORK which has Aditi Rao Hydari playing the leading girl opposite him.


How were you roped in for LPNY and what attracted you to the story?
My manager and I met with the director Anu Menon and executives from Rose Movies to discuss the project. I loved the script and the story and so I agreed to sign the film. The fact that it is set in three parts, filmed in three wonderful cities and covers three chapters in the lead characters' lives, makes it a unique and special film.

What is special about LONDON PARIS NEW YORK
There are a lot of unique things about the film. It is a Hatke love story with a lot of romance and great music. Our experience from the film, I believe, is different from those who have done similar films in the past. The characters are different, the story is different. This is our way of telling a love story of today's time and age. We have made a nice, cute film. We know our targets and hopefully the audience will appreciate the film.


You have even composed the music of the films.
I wanted to create sounds that are fresh and since the film touches on different emotions I could experiment with genres. I used pop romance in London, Electronic Sufi in Paris and Blues Rap in New York, all blended in with a true Bollywood style. What is even more unique is that it also features Hydari and me singing our own songs on the original sound track.

Is it true that you also clicked many pictures of Aditi on the sets of the film?
Yes. Aditi has a very interesting and photogenic face. She was also getting herself photographed.

What was it like filming in London, Paris and New York?
Well, the three cities have a story written on all their walls. At some places, I would just wish I could put my easel down and start painting those streets. They are an artist's paradise.


How do you think your music and acting will be received?
I hope people like my acting and music. Right now, I only want to sing for my own films where I play the lead. At a later stage I may consider composing and singing for films where I'm not on screen.

Will you be working with Katrina Kaif on your next music album?
I won't start recording for my album for at least two years. As for Katrina's involvement on my album, I don't know where that news came from. We jammed together during our last film. We love music and discussed a possibility of recording together but there is nothing planned. Both Aditi and Katrina are really dear to me. They're musically inclined and talented girls. If they are willing to be part of my album a few years later, it will be my pleasure to have them onboard.

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Whom you look as your idol in the music world?
It is a big compliment for me when people compare me to Kishore Kumar because he is one man who I always look up to. He was so talented that I cannot dare to stand any closer to him. He was somebody who used to sing and act. Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, these are the people whom I idolise a lot. They have done movies and they used to sing songs. I just hope, in my small way, I can be somewhere close to these big names.

Do you have a message for your UK fans?
I had a great time shooting some of LONDON PARIS NEW YORK in London. I would love the British fans to see the film as they will really relate to it and love it!

- Glamsham Editorial

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