We first met Ali Fazal as Joy Lobo in 3 idiots and much like Irrfan Khan, Ali Fazal made a mark internationally while Bollywood was still harping on stardom.The quintessential boy next door has transformed into a suave actor who has caught the fancy of filmmakers from the west.
Let’s trace his journey from his hometown Lucknow to Hollywood. Ali Fazal is at present shooting for a film with Judi Dench in London.
Ali Fazal the athlete: Ali Fazal, then a student of Doon College of Engineering, was a professional athlete. He was a state- level basketball player.
The accidental actor: Ali injured his arm in an accident and that changed his career forever. He was physically incapable of playing basketball again. Then Ali chose to enter theatre where he met 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani.
Ali almost failed to get a Hollywood debut: When Ali was enjoying his vacations in the Himalayas (a no-network zone) luck happened and his phone found network and the actor chanced upon a message for an urgent screen test for Fast and Furious 7.
A man of many talents: Ali Fazal’s is not just a performer but a great musician and writer. He loves his guitar and writes short stories and poems too. Given some time, he might also don the hat of the director.
Happy Birthday Ali Fazal!
We wish you all the best!