Name: Ali Fazal
Birthday: 15th October 1986
Known For: Ali Fazal is known for his cameo in Hollywood’s blockbuster hit franchise Fast & Furious’ seventh instalment.
Debut Film: The Other End of the Line
Marital Status: Unmarried
Relationships: Richa Chadha
Awards: Vogue Beauty Awards for Most Beautiful Couple of the Year 2018 (shared with Richa Chadha)
Ali Fazal started his career by appearing in a small role in the James Dodson-directed romantic comedy film The Other End of the Line in 2008. The film was a critical and commercial failure. He next appeared in the American television miniseries Bollywood Hero, in 2009, where he portrayed the role of Monty Kapoor. During his second year of college, SaeedAkhtarMirza saw him in a play and picked him for the lead of the erotic thriller EkTho Chance, alongside Amrita Arora and SaurabhShukla.
The same year, Fazal made his Bollywood film debut with RajkumarHirani’s National Film Award-winning 3 Idiots, a film loosely based on the novel Five Point Someone by ChetanBhagat. He was doing a theatre play at Prithvi Theatre in Juhu, when a person from the film’s production unit noticed him and referred him to Hirani. He co-starred alongside Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi.
The film received critical acclaim and emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time up until then, grossing ₹3,920 million (US$52 million) worldwide. In 2011, Fazal was picked up by Shah Rukh Khan’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment for the Roshan Abbas–directed romance film Always KabhiKabhi. The film received a negative response from the critics and was a box office failure. Later in an interview, Ali said that doing the film was not a good decision.
Fazal’s first release of 2013 was in the coming-of-age comedy film Fukrey. The film along with his performance received mixed responses from critics. The same year, Ali Fazalappeared in the romantic comedy film Baat Bann Gayi, which was considered a parody of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. The film met with negative reactions from critics and failed at the box office, though Fazal was praised for his acting.
In 2014, Fazal appeared in a supporting role opposite VidyaBalan in the comedy-drama Bobby Jasoos. Initially, Fazal refused the role since he felt he had “nothing much to do in it”, but later agreed because of the “unusual romance” between him and Balan. The same year he appeared in the film Sonali Cable opposite Rhea Chakraborty, where he portrayed the role of Raghu. Fazal did his first on-screen intimate scene for a song in the film along with Chakraborty.
His acting received a mixed response from critics, where many criticised him for “recent stereotyped roles”. Both films received mixed to negative response from critics and were declared to be box office flops. Ali Fazal next took the lead role in the psychological horror-thriller Khamoshiyan in 2015. The film was a critical failure, though Fazal’s performance was well received. Reportedly, Fazal was offered a role in the American political thriller television series Homeland, but he had to reject the offer since he had already commenced shooting for Khamoshiyan and ultimately the role went to NimratKaur.
Ali made his Hollywood film debut with a special appearance in the action film Furious 7, the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious film series. Fazal was next seen in an Indo-American film, For Here Or To Go? The film was played at many international film festivals. That same year, Fazal played the leading role in the Yash Raj Films youth studio Y-Films web-series Bang BaajaBaaraat.
In 2016 Fazal played in Anand L. Rai’s Happy BhagJayegi opposite AbhayDeol and Diana Penty. The film was a critical and commercial success. Fazal featured alongside KalkiKoechlin in SoniRazdan’s Love Affair. In addition, he has committed to star opposite Shriya Saran in PrakashRaj’s romantic comedy Tadka.
In 2017, Fazal appeared in the sequel Fukrey Returns. He also starred in the British-American film Victoria & Abdul, which depicts the relationship of Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her confidant, Indian servant Abdul Karim.
In 2018, he appeared in spin-off Happy PhirrBhagJayegi and played GudduPandit in the web series Mirzapur. In 2019, he was cast in Milan Talkies, Prassthanam, and Netflix film House Arrest.
In 2020 he continued his role of GudduPandit in Mirzapur season 2. He was also cast in the film Death on the Nile as Andrew Katchadouriaan, a film based on Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name. In 2021 he turned producer. He started his own film production company named Pushing Buttons Studios with RichaChadha.
Controversy: Ali Fazal was caught in a controversy after the actor raised his voice for the Citizenship Amendment Act. His Anti-CAA remarks led to people boycotting Mirzapur 2. However, the actor remained unfazed by that and continued to keep his stance.
Latest News: With one foot in Bollywood and the other in Hollywood, Ali Fazal recently made the news after sharing a glimpse from the sets of Gerald Butler’s Kandahar. Fazal will be appearing in the movie as well.
Latest Movies: Death on the Nile
Latest Series: Call My Agent: Bollywood
Upcoming Movies: Kandahar