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How Ali Fazal prepped to play an author

Last year, during his time at home, Ali Fazal took to reading with renewed energy. Before the lockdown, he had started discussing a project in which he could be playing an author.

The extended break due to the pandemic gave him the much-needed window to gear up for the untitled project, which was also partially shot last year.

The extended break due to the pandemic gave him the much-needed window to gear up for the untitled project, which was also partially shot last year.

In This Image: Ali Fazal
Ali’s library is filled with works of writers from different genres. As he took to reading, the actor was impressed with biographies. What kicked off with a quick browse through Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, soon spiralled into a keen interest in biographies.


Ali, whose next Hollywood film, Death on the Nile, is adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name, says, “What goes on in the mind of an author or a writer has always intrigued me.

Ali, whose next Hollywood film, Death on the Nile, is adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name, says, “What goes on in the mind of an author or a writer has always intrigued me.

In This Image: Ali Fazal
And everyone has a different process. Some write about their own experiences, and others pen down their vivid imaginations. I wanted to get a taste of all of this and find my zone. I wanted to read up on authors and their working process before I nosedived into the project. Now, I know that I will be able to do an authentic job on it (a large chunk of the untitled film is yet to be shot). Great writers are often great observers, and that’s the vibe I bring to my part.”



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