Birthday’s are indeed special and today we celebrate the anniversary of the man who told us the importance of boiled eggs, gave the youth a song etched in their personality as well as help Vin Diesel and his gang steal a flash drive. Yes, we’re talking about none other than the awesome Ali Fazal. Be it his smile that melts our heart, or his charisma each time he comes on screen, here’s an actor who we simply can’t get enough of. With versatility being his strongest suit, we’ve seen him pack a punch as a gangster called Guddu Bhaiya, an Indian Muslim servant and many more. Having turned 34 today, Fazal fans are just a week away from seeing their favourite star back on screen as he is all set to unleash hell on his enemies in the second season of Mirzapur. While we wait for the most-awaited web series of the year to drop, here’s five of his most-adored roles that make us fall in love with him all over again.
Joy Lobo – 3 Idiots
It truly was a special appearance by Ali Fazal as those few minutes catapulted him into the limelight. Playing the role of an engineering student named Joy Lobo, the man sang his heart out in ‘Give me some sunshine’ talking about his struggles in life and how he’s praying for some light at the end of the tunnel. While we all know what happened to his character in the movie, Joy’s a character who’s definitely immortal for each one of us. Just by looking at that innocent smile back then could one tell that here was a star in the making.
Zafar – Fukrey
A movie that Ali Fazal certainly looks back on and thanks his stars for doing it. Back in 2013, the actor was looking for that one big break that makes everyone stand up and take notice of his fine acting skills. And in came this laugh riot. Playing the role of the shy and quiet struggling musician, Zafar, made his screen presence do the talking. There’s also another reason why the movie is so very special to Ali Fazal because it’s here where he met the love of his life Richa Chadha. Well, not all marriages are made in heaven, some are made on Bollywood sets too!!!
Abdul Karim – Victoria and Abdul
Not many Bollywood actors get the chance to act in a mainstream Hollywood film. Add to that, the task certainly becomes more herculean when you’re starring alongside a veteran like Judy Dench. Well, that’s exactly the situation that Ali Fazal found himself in as he played the role of a Muslim servant to Queen Victoria. It indeed is an unconventional love story, but you see the sincerity in Ali’s acting as he stars alongside one of the finest actors to grace cinema and not look out of place.
Karan – House Arrest
When it comes to playing challenging roles, essaying the character of a man who hasn’t stepped out of his house in months surely ranks at the top of the list. While he may have been let down by the film’s poor writing, Ali makes the most of what he has at his disposal to give us a character who has made his peace with being a recluse. What’s more, we got to see the adorable chemistry between him and Shriya Pilgaonkar along with the pair having a dream sequence that we simply can’t get out of our head. All in all, it’s a film that you certainly must watch if you’re a die-hard Ali Fazal fan.
Guddu Pandit – Mirzapur
We certainly saved the best for the last didn’t we. It would certainly have been a grave injustice to have completed this list without mentioning his most-iconic character played till date. Playing the role of a character with all brawn and no brain, Ali Fazal left everyone in awe by playing a role not many would expect him to pull off. The best part about Guddu is his character arc that undergoes a drastic transformation few could imagine. From as aspiring bodybuilder, to a gangster hell bent on avenging the death of his wife and brother, Guddu has certainly come a long way. He may be down, but he’s certainly not out. Like the say, never underestimate a wounded tiger and that’s exactly what fans are set to see as the Bhaukaal of Mirzapur returns to screens with the much-awaited second season on October 23.