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I am in love with stories of underdogs: Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal

Mumbai: Actor Ali Fazal says he is fascinated by stories of underdogs in real-life and that is the reason in films he has played roles of men struggling to make it big.

Ali made his debut as an engineering student in the 2009 blockbuster “3 Idiots” and then appeared as a teenager in final year of school in “Always Kabhi Kabhi”, followed by his character of a struggling musician in “Fukrey”.

He will be now seen as a street-smart but nice guy named Guddu in “Happy Bhag Jayegi”. The film is helmed by Mudassar Aziz, who last directed Sushmita Sen-starrer “Dulha Mil Gaya” in 2010.

“I am in love with stories of underdogs. My character is the underdog of the film and I think that is the most beautiful thing about the script. It’s not the author-backed role,” Ali told PTI.

“Mudassar and I had to build the character from scratch. It’s a beautifully written role but it requires that much input from the actor and director. That’s why we were so scared in the start,” he said.

The romantic-comedy stars Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Jimmy Shergill and Piyush Mishra.

The 29-year-old actor says the most important thing in the film was having a good chemistry with all the actors.

“The chemistry was very important and not just with Diana… Half of the film my chemistry is with Jimmy and Piyush Mishra and Abhay. It is very nice to have good actors with you. When someone’s good my job becomes easier,” he said.

Though it is a multi-starrer, the “Khamoshiyan” actor decries artists who get insecure of their co-stars while working in a film.

“Actors are dumb when they get insecure of their co-stars. A lot of actors do. When there is a good actor they’re like, ‘oh he’s eating up the part’. That’s stupid.

“They should give more because what we don’t realise is, if the other actor is good, he is making you shine automatically. You don’t have to do much, half the job is done,” he added.

“Happy Bhag Jayegi” is set to release on August 19.

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