Apart from maintaining silence on his part in the Hindi remake of Vettai, Ali Zafar isn’t too forthcoming when talking about his heroines either. While he concedes he won’t lock lips, he’s quick to admit it’s not because of his wife Ayesha Fazli. Fortunately, he’s at his candid best when asked about carving his niche in Bollywood. Excerpts of a sawaal-jawab with the actor-composer-singer and lyricist…
What does your wife Ayesha Fazli and family say about your stardom?
They’ve all been very supportive. She has always been there for me and is a big reason behind my success. My son Azaan is only two. But he starts dancing when he hears the Madhubala track from Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.
You hope it’s not because of Katrina Kaif, the film’s heroine?
How does Ayesha react to your romancing girls on screen?
She knows it’s part of my job here. Everything that I as part of my work here, I discuss it all with her. I do things to the extent she would be comfortable with.
So there are no do’s and don’ts from her side?
Well, I don’t kiss. But it’s not because of her, it’s because I myself don’t want to.
Any actress you felt attracted to? If you weren’t married, which actress would you like to be involved with?
I’d rather stay quiet on that.
Surely you can name who you’d like to romance next in the movies?
Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra. They’re all wonderful actresses and I’d like to work with them in future.
Coming from across the border with no film connections, are you content with your achievements? From starting with small movies to being sought by big banners.
I believe if you have it in you, work hard with sincerity then you can reach your goals. I’m definitely very happy.
What do you think worked in your favour?
My first film, Tere Bin Laden, changed things for me here. Because of that, I got Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. I think it’s the audience that has worked in my favour. The way the people have responded to my work and appreciated it. Not to forget Yashji (Chopra) who spoke to me at length, telling me why he liked my performance..
Aren’t you worried about your next, the Chashm-e-Buddoor remake, as director David Dhawan isn’t in top form after Rascals.
When you see the film, you’ll see a different side of David. I’m not perturbed by Rascals. I conveniently subtract the negative, I don’t think about that.
Lastly, why are you only doing a cameo in the sequel of Tere Bin Laden?
I opted for it because I really liked the part. I can’t say more because the answer is what makes the film interesting for me. Wait till you see it.