Looks like this young guy Ali Fazal who is from Lucknow is all geared up for his yet another Hollywood venture . Unlike Furious 7 this time , its gonna be bigger and better .
Ali Fazal who has been featured in Bollywood movies like “3 Idiots” , “Fukrey” and “Always Kabhi Kabhi”, the American TV series “Bollywood Hero” and in Furious 7, will be now seen portraying the character of Abdul Karim, in Hollywood film titled Victoria And Abdul opposite Oscar-winning actor Judi Dench who will be seen playing the “Empress of India”.
Abdul Karim was the young servant from India( Agra ) who became an unlikely confidant and teacher to Queen Victoria .
The film is based on Shrabani Basu’s book “Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closet Confidant”, telling the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the years of Queen Victoria’s long rule.
Stephen Frears will be directing the film with the screenplay by Lee Hall. Filming in India, Scotland and the Isle of Wight is scheduled to begin shortly.
Ali confirms the same to a leading publication stating , “I can’t wait to take on Judi. She is the cherry on this wonderful pudding. The most loved woman of Britain and probably the world. It was a process of endless auditions and readings and conversations and today I am so glad that they grilled fully into it to a point of no return. I am ecstatic and I guess it hasn’t really sunk in. So I will take a bow when I finish my work on the film. The fun has just begun,” Ali said in a statement.
Abdul Karim was described as tall and handsome and was only 24 when he arrived in England from Agra during the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). He was an assistant clerk at the Agra Central Jail.
Basu’s book described how Karim was established as a powerful figure at court.It has also been described this as a soft love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen.
We shall be eagerly waiting to watch this beautiful love story on screen !!