Pakistani actor and musician Ali Zafar, whose movie is about to be released in India soon, says as soon as he landed in Mumbai, he felt it is the city he should have been in many years back to chase his professional dreams.
“I love Mumbai. The people are very warm here and it is a city I should have come to Mumbai earlier, maybe a decade back to realise bigger professional goals. I’m from Lahore and I love my country and my hometown to bits but for an artist, especially a musician, Mumbai is a much bigger deal. When others were crossing over and coming to India, I should have come and done more work. I feel I have lost out on years but I’m sure I can make it up now that I come to Mumbai as an actor,” Ali reveals to After Hrs.
Unlike what has been reported so far, Ali has faced no problems obtaining a visa from the Indian government. He is in fact thanking our country for showing no bias or restrictions when he sought a visa to come to Mumbai and promote his forthcoming film Tere Bin Laden.
“I believe there was a miscommunication of sorts that I was facing problems obtaining my visa because nothing of that sort really happened. The authorities have been very cooperative. India and Pakistan are everyday trying to bridge differences. The people of Pakistan want to be always friends with Indians and there is no animosity as reported widely. I would love to have a second home in Mumbai in case people love my work in this movie and I get more work to comfortably live in the city,” he says.
The actor adds that he has already got several Bollywood offers. “It’s really exciting to see that my movie hasn’t even released and people want to cast me for future work. It means that the buzz is good and people expect me to do good work. I’m in touch with around three good production houses from India who have shown interest in me,” says Ali, who is also a professional painter.