Born and bred in good ol’ Lahore, this Lahori Munda has done us proud in many a field. Calls himself an artist who paints, sings, dances and acts. And you can currently find him in the Lipton Tea or Mobilink advert zapped nationwide on billboards and television channels , singing and dancing to his own composition, Ali Zafar goes around town, painting yellow or red. Shuttling between the neighboring Indian Film Industry, local adverts and composing albums he is a busy man, yet he was kind enough to take my call whilst driving back home from his dentist appointment. Given the lack of time and no opportunity to meet him I managed a “Lightening Round” with him over the phone. So here it goes:
ST: If ever given a chance to act this side of neighborhood would you like to act in Pakistani dramas or films? If yes, who would you like your drama queen to be?
AZ: For now films. Queen can be anyone as long as she doesn’t create a drama on the set
Munda of small words eh?
ST: We have seen the funny bone in you in the last 6 Indian Films. Do we get to see you any emotional or evil side of yours?
AZ: Well all these films did have some serious/emotional quotient but yes by and large they were comedy films. London, Paris , New York was a romantic film. However, Kill Dil is the film where you would get to see me in a completely different avatar. More serious and grey!
Acha nai, he’s talks, like all Lahoris
ST: I am personally very fond of your song “Jhoom”. What is the inspiration behind it?
AZ: I wrote the song as medium of devotion to “life” itself. It speaks about how life reflects itself in each and everything. It was written during a time I was going through a sort of reflective pensive phase in life. If you see the video of this song you would see the depiction of drifting away from the glitz and glamour into a simpler side of life and finding happiness there.
ST: Success is public, and so is failure. Does that bother you? How do you cope with it?
AZ: Failure is your best teacher. If you experience it with an open mind you can gain a lot from it.
Tart reply , eh!
ST: What is the difference and similarity between Ali Zafar in NCA days and Ali Zafar nowadays?
AZ: I was a student of arts during NCA days. I am still a student of arts , in life!
Awww sweet, So young at heart
ST: To deal with women is IQ more important or EQ?
AZ: IQ, EQ, ZQ, YQ all go hand in hand
ST: Hahah and what would ZQ and YQ be?
AZ: The readers should employ their IQ’s to find out.
Funny bone again
ST: On a personal level, what is your daily routine like? Family? Fitness? Food?
AZ: I love spending time with my family, love intense work out sessions and eating a balanced healthy diet.
And with this he “jhoomed” off for work whilst I zoomed off in the kitchen to prepare a simple desert with lemons, which is both tart and sweet at the same time. A crisp sweet base goldened to perfection topped with a tangy lemon curd, baked till it is just about set. It does require a bit of preparation however, the results are well worth it.