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How Ali Fazal broke the Indian stereotype in VICTORIA AND ABDUL

The trailer of VICTORIA & ABDUL starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal left everyone asking for more.  Back home the audience has applauded Ali Fazal for this Hollywood venture. The movie is directed by Stephen Frears.

Playing the titular lead in the film there was a lot of representation of India in the film. In past there has been an obvious typecasting of South Asians in films internationally and Ali worked in tandem with makers of the film to ensure that there's correct portrayal. The actor suggested and worked with the makers to make sure the accent, pronunciation and such things in script are aptly put together and displayed on screen.   


In VICTORIA & ABDUL Ali tried to represent India in a better way and break down stereotypes about Indians in Tinsel town’s eyes.

Starring Academy Award winner Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as an Indian attendant named Abdul Karim, the film tells the unexpected story of the deep friendship between them.

When asked Ali he shared, 'The team was very forthcoming to all sort of suggestions. We all worked together and it was a collaborative effort. I wanted to try and keep it as authentic as possible and that was intended to ensure we get things right.'

This is not Ali's first outing in a Western film previously he was part of FAST & FURIOUS 7 in which he did a cameo role.


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