February 28, 2014 16:28:46 IST By Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
Ali Zafar is playing a Pakistani in TOTAL SIYAPAA, and proudly so. As a cross-border neighbour who has to win hearts of his beloved's Indian family, Ali admits that he could draw a lot of parallels between real and reel life.
'For starters, I could relate to the film as I felt that if a Pakistani actually gets stuck in such a situation, how would he actually approach it so as to win over the girl's family?. For example, if I am referring to Shahid Afridi in one of the scenes, it is for a reason. Like sometimes, when people, be it friends or others, start having a discussion over Pakistan and India, they come up with such strange pointers or arguments just to prove their side of story. There are so many biases as well and I tried to bring it all through a light-hearted banter,' says Ali.
Incidentally, the film earlier had a not-so-light title in the form of AMAN KI ASHA.
'Yes, we too felt so,' confesses Ali, 'AMAN KI ASHA was the working title since my name is Aman and Yami's [Gautam] name is Asha in the film. However we felt that because of this whole 'Aman Ki Asha' campaign by a media house, it sounded very heavy for our film. Also, it gave a perception that we are making a very serious film with some agenda. We decided that the name should portray what the story is about and hence a much more fun and frothy title TOTAL SIYAPAA came in.'
Now one hopes that the film, which is produced by Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia, is as much fun too when it releases all over on 7th March, 2014.