Indian actor Ali Fazal says that he has formed a lifelong friendship with iconic actress Judi Dench. Ali’s movie ‘Victoria and Abdul’ which is about Queen Victoria befriending Indian servant Abdul Karim and it seems to have offended Indian critics because of not taking into the views of the ugliness of the British Raj. While Ali is a bit baffled by the backlash says that he has formed an enduring friendship along with the iconic actress Judi Dench.
Recently, Ali has been shooting for the movie ‘Mirzapur’ in the city Varanasi. He has turned a year older yesterday. About his movie, Ali says that he is playing the character named Abdul and whatever he has done in the movie including the kissing the Queen’s feet that all things actually happened. He says that he has even read the real story of the Abdul Karim’s letter to Queen Victoria and he believes that the story is simply wonderful and it is truly inspiring and he has moved by the devotion to the Queen.
However, he says that it is not right to impute colonial responsibilities on his role and performance. He says that everyone in the industry is a responsible actor and he takes full responsibility for his performance. But, the behaviour of his character is not in his hands as far he can see Abdul is a bit of an opportunist and he seems the Queen as a means to climb socially. Every single person in their life wants to move upward and there is nothing wrong in this.
Abdul cared deeply for Queen Victoria and he says that it’s his good fortune that he has formed a good relationship with the iconic actress, Judi Dench and he hopes that is enduring as the one they have shared in the movie. He feels that both of them (Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim) were misunderstood by their contemporaries and they are also being misread by a section of the audience. All that the Abdul wanted at that time was to make the Queen happy and she has found an impetus to live through him in her dying years.
During the shooting of the movie, Ali Fazal spent a lot of time to know Judi even after during the promotions as well. Ali says that both of them were together for a lot of time, not only just by shooting of the movie but also while promoting the movie. He even saw that she has showered a much affection and warmth during the international interactions and she has kind of affected him deeply.
Ali thinks that both of them have bonded much beyond the movie. He says that he will be seeing her again in the month of November and he is very much sure that they will be the same as they are now. While both of them shares the same manager so they are having a plenty of opportunities to run into one another and he thinks that he has formed a lifelong friendship with the actress Judi Dench.