Acclaimed Indian journalist Faridoon Shahryar recently hosted
Pakistani heartthrob Ali Zafar over a Skype interview on the platform of Bollywood
Hungama. Ali Zafar has several Indian film credits to his name such as Mere
Brother Ki Dulhan, Chashme Baddoor, London Paris Newyork, Dear Zindagi, Total
Siyapaa and others.
The talented actor has acquired a huge fan following across the border and rightly so. Ali Zafar talked about his Pakistani film debut Teefa In Trouble for which he donned several hats. The two also addressed the political tensions between Pakistan and India that specifically heightened around Uri attacks 2016 leading to a ban on Pakistani Artists in India.
Upon being asked, how the idea of Teefa in Trouble occurred to him, and whether or not it was (as per speculation) that since he could not work in Bollywood now he decided to make a debut film in Pakistan?
Ali Zafar clarified that while he was shooting for Chashme Baddoor
with Sir David, it struck to him that he really needed to get down to making
his own feature film for Pakistan.
“I needed to take all the experience I was earning and learning from Bollywood and apply it to my own industry as well and then the plan was to have it vice versa, because I have always said that just like India has a lot to give to Pakistan, Pakistan has a lot to give to India and when you talk about people coming for trade together and artists coming together, I can vouch for the fact that there is a lot that can be taken from Pakistan creatively and vice versa.”
This led Indian film maker Onir to tweet: “Hope that the exchange of artists restarts soon… It is so unfair that the dialogue and exchange happens in other spaces. If a Kartarpur can happen why not a corridor through cinema too.”
Both Indian and Pakistani artists have largely been vocal about allowing creative freedom between the two nations. Artists believe that art and literature should be free from the bias of politics.