While their physical meeting might’ve been pushed by a year, Ali Fazal continues to stay in touch with Death on the Nile co-stars. The Kenneth Branagh’s directorial was expected to hit screens this October but will now open in September 2021. In a chat with a leading daily, Fazal spoke about his co-star Russel Brand, who kept him sane through the months of lockdown. On reading that Brand, in fact, took to Twitter and wrote, “Ali Fazal is a beautiful man, a terrific actor, and had the best damn moustache on the movie.”
Based on Agatha Christie’s book by the same name, the film is an extension of Branagh’s last Christie outing – Murder on the Orient Express. This film stars Gal Gadot, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright, Annette Bening with Branagh playing Hercule Poirot.
Ali Fazal is undoubtedly one of the foremost and biggest names to have ventured into a steaming show. With Bang Baaja Baarat he became a renowned named across and it was Mirzapur that etched his remarkable acting caliber and versatility. Now with season 2 of the show which released almost 2 months back, Ali Fazal is now growing strength to strength with his future projects.
With several exciting projects coming his way and new announcements anticipated, the buzz is that the fee compensation for Ali is hiked by over 30% since the release of the show. Producers are aware of his image especially amongst the young internet audiences and that has given a huge boost to Ali’s market value for signing new projects.
A source says, “The new season of Mirzapur has done great numbers in the streaming world. This has etched a great place for Ali and his fee hike was something that was meant to happen. A boost of almost 30-40% of his fees is a great value for him”.
Even as he is awaiting the release of his mammoth international movie Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile this month alongside a sublime cast comprising Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer amongst others. India’s latest export to the West – Ali Fazal has bagged the lead role in the prestige project Codename: Johnny Walker. The war drama is based on the New York Times bestseller by the same name and is co-written by American Sniper co-writer Jim Delfice.
A quick search will inform you that Codename: Johnny Walker which is written by Alan Wenkus former writer of the famed chat series – The Tonight Show and Straight Outta Compton, for which he got an Academy Nomination too. The writing of the film has been in the works since September 2015.
Fazal, currently in the midst of promoting his show Mirzapur, in a chat with GQ Magazine of which is the cover star of the month spoke about his latest project.
Once the pandemic permits, Fazal will be in an LA studio shooting for the lead role in the film.
Fazal is quoted saying in the magazine, “People [in the West] are now more open to writing parts that can have actors cast from across the canvas,” mentioning British writer, rapper, and actor Riz Ahmed. “This is very hard to do because you have to get geography out of your head. Naturally, not all movies can do that – an Indian film about a farmer in the hinterland can’t cast Tom Cruise.”
It’s only human that in the last few months, each of us has pondered to ourselves about the fractures in our society. In the face of a pandemic, the deep-seated unevenness has come to the fore, exposing the discrepancies of our society. Ali Fazal launched his newest work – Tasveer which is a heart-wrenching narration of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. Lending his voice and having co-produced the uniquely animated visual journey that is helmed by Ashutosh Pathak, the video is a sharp commentary on the current world harping on the need to be kind. It ends with a beautiful message about the dignity of loving and how social gaps manifested by class can be fixed with empathy and kindness.
Link – https://www.instagram.com/tv/CD-t_VrFkHl/?igshid=18zi9fkhx1j2e
Pathak’s verse urges people to stand in support with the less privileged. As the COVID 19 pandemic intensified, the horrific visuals of laborers walking towards their homes in large numbers after being rendered jobless, Tasveer evokes in us the need to be socially responsible towards our fellow citizens.
In a beautifully done animated video by Pathak himself, with music rendered by Neel Adhikari, Ali was extremely keen to be part of this video.