GLOSS Volume 2, Issue 7 - 2018 - Page 45

E X C L U S I V E Ali, from music to acting to producing, how did it all start? Ali: I acted in my first play 'Kaanch Key Par' when I was in the first year of college. My friend was working as a set designer on the project and convinced me to go audition. After I auditioned, I got selected to play the role of the youngest brother to four sisters. From there I did 'College Jeans', 'Landa Bazaar' and a few TV plays. This was all to save up some money so I could make my own music someday and it eventually did happen. Simultaneously, the drama 'Landa Bazaar' was a big hit and I got offers to act in more TV plays. All of this was so overwhelming, that I had to disconnect myself from the TV dramas so I could pursue what I actually wanted to do, make music. I started off with my music from there, in 2003, the song 'Channo' was released and five years down the line, I wanted to branch out. In conversation with Teefa and Anya aka Ali Zafar and Maya Ali After my trip to Bollywood, where I realised that in India, the movie stars are what pop musicians were to Pakistanis. This is when I realised I wanted to be a star in India. Although discouraged a little by my manager, I knew I would make it big someday. Fast forward to 2008, I received three scripts, one was a Mahesh Bhatt film, another script and the script for 'Tere Bin Laden'. Due to the Osama Bin Laden issue, I was a little freaked out about doing the film, but after hearing the narration from the director, I was blown away. I knew it as a big risk, but at that time it seemed right as I believed in the subject and the content. From there I was discovered by Yash Raj, who then signed me up for 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' and the rest, as they say, is history. 45