Know why Ali Fazal changed his name
Why is Ali Fazal better known as ‘Mir Fateh’ in the core interiors of Benares and Lucknow off late? No it's not some character name. The actor has recently taken fighting real underground matches for Mirzapur and had to register his name in.
Ali Fazal sure does know how to take his on-screen roles rather seriously. For the actor who is the youngest Academy member from Bollywood, getting immersed in his roles is a practice he follows religiously, one project after the other. But it was his next, a series for a leading OTT platform that urged him to go that extra mile to shine through on camera.
Ali Fazal plays the role of Guddu Pandit, a gangster set to take over a lawless land where the trade of arms and drugs is the normal life. For months to play the role convincingly and to look the part, the makers made Ali go through an intensive physical transformation bulking up to look like a convincing and intimating gangster on screen with the help of DANGAL fame: Rahul Bhatt. Never having essayed a gray shaded character on screen, Ali submerged with utmost dedication into the filming of the series. So much so that apart from a gruelling physical transformation to adapt to the fighting sequences of the show and to do his stunts right, Ali took to discovering underground fight clubs or ‘clans’ as he puts it, in Benares, old Delhi, and Lucknow. He through the knowledge of his friend spent time in utmost secrecy to attend these gatherings and adapt to understand the fight techniques of raw underground fighters. He even participated in two such matches and landed up with multiple bruises on sets, leaving everyone rather concerned with the changes in his physical appearance.
Speaking about it, Ali said, “I had to change my name to be able to enter these places. Its been the scariest time while shooting for Mirzapur yet adventurous. I am not saying this proudly and would not recommend this to others. To others I’d say, try acting for a change and forget method. I just chanced upon underground fight clans in Benares and badohi during my research, where I picked up some tricks of the trade. It helped. “
Looks like, it all did pay well as Ali looks an innocent man turning into the most menacing bloke in the town of Mirzapur that his character Guddu belongs to in the show. We wish, Ali aka Mir all the best for his endeavors.