Remember ‘Joy Lobo’, the engineering student in 3 Idiots who commits suicide? Well, Ali Fazal has come a long way in Bollywood and will now be seen in “Victoria and Abdul,” opposite Judi Dench.
Hailing from Lucknow, Ali finished his schooling from The Doon School, Dehradun and went on to do his graduation from from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. Since 2008, Ali has been acting professionally. Besides acting, Ali is also a huge sports fan and likes to play hockey and basketball.
People first took notice of Ali Fazal in the movie 3 Idiots where he played the character ‘Joy Lobo’. Even though the role was very small, Ali got noticed (that’s what is so great about Raju Hirani, even the small roles leave a lasting impression).
Ali went on to star in several films, Fukrey (2013) being one of them (Ali is now dating his Fukrey co-star Richa Chadha). Ali was also praised for his performance in the popular web series, Bang Baaja Baaraat (backed by Yash Raj Films).
“Earlier, you got the opportunity to grow over time. Today, you have two flops in a row and you’re done. You’re just written off. It’s crazy,” Ali
Ali has also featured in foreign films. While Ali’s role in Furious 7 was very small, Ali went on to bag the lead role in the Indo-American film, For Here Or To Go?.
“Theatre gives me a different high. I make sure that I do a play in every three years . Theatre is like an actor’s nectar, like how cinema is a director’s medium. I return to the stage time and again to see if I am worth anything.”
However, its Ali’s next film, alongside Judi Dench, in Victoria & Abdul that is making news headlines. The film is the story of Queen Victoria and her unlikely friendship with an Indian servant, Abdul.
We just wish good luck to Ali Fazal, if the film does well, Ali could be the next international star from India.
“A lot of people had been approached for this particular role and had also auditioned for the same. After my audition, it was more like a video game for me. I cleared one level after the other. After a certain point, the whole thing had become delusional for me.”