It took a while for actor Ali Fazal to realise the true worth of getting nominated for finest actor at the Asian Contents Awards by Busan Film Festival. But higher late than by no means. He says the nod comes as a “nice bonus”, because it brings again one within the radar.
“I honestly didn’t know what it was because I didn’t read it (the news) properly. Then, my manager called me to inform me that it’s frigging Busan fest, after which we spoke to the festival people. It’s a big deal and nice to be among good bunch of people,” an ecstatic Fazal tells us, including, “I was preparing for Khufiya, which we’ve already started shooting, so that’s why I didn’t notice it all day, but it’s actually a nice little bonus.”
Fazal has been nominated for his portrayal of a person scuffling with psychological breakdown in Forget Me Not section in anthology net sequence, Ray. The prize ceremony will be held on October 7 in a hybrid method — on-line and on-site.
And the Mirzapur actor isn’t disillusioned about not attending the pageant in individual, as he feels “safety is more important right now”.
While he’s persevering with working within the West, getting any worldwide recognition does assist one get seen. “It does make a big difference with the people there, with casting and everybody notice you, they are clued in,” he shares.
Fazal believes that proper now, India is on the map when it comes to leisure, and there’s nonetheless a good distance to go. “It has become a level playing field now. There are a lot of people who’ve branched out. But the problem is that we’ve not championed our own for a long time, and that’s what is needed,” he explains.
As far as his career is anxious, Fazal admits he’s “much more satisfied” as an actor than he was a year in the past, however that has introduced alongside new difficulties for him.
“Making decisions has become hard because my unique problem is that I have one foot in the West and one foot here. I recently lost a very big show in India and I felt bad because mere paas dates nahi hai. But that’s a good problem and I’m not complaining,” he says, and is fast to add, “However, I’ve to be extra careful now what I’m choosing on both sides. I’ve to give time to both because I don’t want to leave home and this is just a great time for us. There’s a lot to be told and less time because kahaniyon se hi humara itihaas banega.”