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Delhi is a lot like Lahore: Ali Zafar

Pakistani musician and actor Ali Zafar. — Image from official webpage.

Ali Zafar on spending time back home, his next movie and his love for Delhi.

During his recent visit to India, singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar, spoke to us about what all he has been upto after we saw him in London Paris New York. He told us, "I was back home in Pakistan and that served as a good break from work as I got to spend quite a bit of time with my family and friends over there. I also went on vacation during this period. We covered Istanbul, Mauritius and London." According to a report in Times of India.

Talking about his trip to Delhi, he said, "Bahut dino ke baad India aaya hoon, aur kafi achcha lag raha hain apne doston ko mil kar. I love to come to Delhi because it is so much like Lahore. Bahut kum waqt ke liye aaya hoon iss baar, lekin I would love to come back again, very soon."

Ali seems to be quite excited about his next release - Chashme Buddoor. About the film and his role in it, he shared, "The movie has turned out pretty well and everyone will like it for sure. I really enjoyed acting in the movie.

Earlier, the movie was supposed to be released by Eid this year, but now the release date has been shifted to February, next year."

Interestingly, Ali has been approached by PFDC (Pakistan Fashion Design Council) to perform at the opening of their office in the capital. "PFDC is planning to set up a huge office in India. It will be in Delhi, near South Extension, and will be a hub for all leading Pakistani designer labels like Asif and Nabeel, Fahad Hussayn, Kamair Rokni, Rizwan Beig, Sana Safinaz, Iman ahmed, Umar Sayeed, Sonia Azhar, HSY, Feeha Jamshed and so on.

The dates of the opening have not been finalized yet," said Ali, adding, "With the PFDC setting up an office in India, Pakistani fashion designers will now get the opportunity to explore the Indian fashion market."

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Comments (42) Closed

Sep 21, 2012 06:34am
How rude to put a comment like that. Is that all you could come up with?. I always tell my 12 year old son "if you dont have anything nice to say, it is better to keep your mouth shut".
Sep 21, 2012 05:55am
If infrastructure wise you are talking then Lahore is no match for Delhi.
Sep 21, 2012 12:46pm
So Jinnah was inferior to You ???
Shahid Latif
Sep 21, 2012 12:46pm
We do not have to justify working of our artists in India by berating Pakistan. Artists are artists. They need bigger following, a better career and more money. Nothing wrong with that. A good artist's work abroad provides introduction of Pakistan in the good light to millions and is more effective than writing books and bickering in the blogs with limited readership. Zafar is a charming young lad and it is a pleasure to see his work.
Tariq Ahmed
Sep 20, 2012 02:34pm
Who cares? This guy should move to India.
Sep 20, 2012 12:44pm
But that is a pride for many Pakistani Muslims who claim they have arab genes.
Altaf Hussain
Sep 20, 2012 11:28am
zafar means he likes delhi because it looks like lahore. it means delhi is not much beautiful than lahore. lahore is heart of globe. dont be silly. Mughal era was glorious in the history of sub continent
Raoul Ciao
Sep 20, 2012 11:27am
glad to see a Pakistani can freely work and travel in India......
Sep 21, 2012 04:51am
Mughal empire is as much part of Indian history as anything else. Tunnel vision is on the rise among the 'educated' Indians these days.
does not matter
Sep 20, 2012 05:21pm
are u sure of being a children of conquerors? if that is so then you either have to be with turk or mangolide features. If you are not, then you probably are one of the converted families like 90% of the rest.
Sep 20, 2012 11:13am
yupp ... that is clear enough...........
Sep 20, 2012 10:38am
yes , true
yusuf Khan
Sep 20, 2012 09:24am
Je Lahore nai Vekhya O jammya hi nai Jin dilli nai vekhi O dunya vich aaya hi nai
Sep 20, 2012 08:33am
except of course JUD and its likes..
armani agatha
Sep 20, 2012 07:58am
yes,u r true . But we are ashamed of our past particularly Mughal and british era and don't want to remain in mughal era of course .
Sep 20, 2012 07:52am
Humare zeh-e-nasseb Ali Zafar sahab ko Delhi Pasand aaya...
Sep 20, 2012 04:15pm
and why is that ? You should move to saudi arabia
Sep 20, 2012 07:17am
This is hardly surprising. Same people living here and there. The land was same before it was divided. We should be surprised if say some city in Germany looks like Lahore or Delhi
Sep 20, 2012 04:27pm
That was a good One:) The report somehow gave a sense of long awaited approval from Ali Zafar for Delhi's good being.......
Sep 20, 2012 06:46am
old delhi is perhaps lot more like lahore....i mean the monument ,culture,food..........typical mughal era type
jd shami
Sep 20, 2012 04:32pm
yes, we have
Sep 20, 2012 05:47pm
Don't be silly, Mughal and British era is India's history and you can't seperate History from the land. Nobody is expecting you to live in the past. Thanks to historical manuments and buildings, you can relate the historical events that took place and how they impacted the life then and now.
Sheri gujjar
Sep 20, 2012 05:47pm
LAHORE IS LAHORE no can b like this ok.Dhehli never b like LAHORE OK
jd shami
Sep 20, 2012 05:54pm
Zafar: why do not you take Indian nationality, who needs u here.
Sep 20, 2012 03:30pm
It seems you have stayed all of your little life in Lahore. That is why you are making such silly statements :)
Sep 21, 2012 12:22pm
DELHI is DELHI you can never compare a big city like DELHI to lahore. It has been the capital of INDIA for thousands of years and is one of the biggest in the world both in terms of area and population.
Tariq Ahmed
Sep 20, 2012 02:37pm
we are children of conquerors, why should we be ashamed, those who got conquererd over and over have a lot to be ashamed, and we all know the difference. Yes, history is great, I enjoy reading it.....
Imran Jiwani
Sep 21, 2012 12:26pm
r u really insaan? yo dont behave like one.
Sep 21, 2012 12:27pm
90% Muslims of Subcontinent are children of people who were conquered over. DNA reports prove this, Yes they converted to Islam but there forefathers conquered by Turks or Arabs. and yes History is great, & Pakistani history is the best.....;-)
Sep 20, 2012 01:03pm
Sep 21, 2012 12:36pm
It's all about freedom of expression - an ongoing fashionomica - now a days... Ali's no doubt an awesome figure but there's something more important to share than this trivia...
Sep 20, 2012 07:34pm
Not that I'm a fan of JUD, but it has numerous charities and old homes spread across Pakistan. It was one of the very few organizations that helped the people of Pakistan during the flood disaster. We cannot ignore or deny that.
Sep 21, 2012 12:35pm
Jinnah had a Hindu Gene. So your Leader had Hindu Blood.........Just Think ????
M. Ijaz
Sep 20, 2012 10:43pm
@Vikram: sorry for the immature comments from few sons of invaders. An educated and a mature Pakistani think very differently.
Sep 21, 2012 12:57am
Ali is apakistani and is an asset we should be glad and proud of him many great artists like reema khan and others have migrated due to the pressures and non recognition of their talents and inteligence we should not treat any more of our heros
Sep 20, 2012 12:34pm
who are you? a begger in Delhi streets???
Parminder Sadeora
Sep 21, 2012 02:04am
Steve Job's biological father is a Syrian. He did not like it.
Sep 20, 2012 08:05pm
What history have been reading Tariq? We are the sons of the Indus Valley Civilization, there is no difference b/w Indians and Pakistanis. You should be ashamed of your hate filled comments and your baseless superiorirty complex.
naren tiwari
Sep 20, 2012 12:00pm
Armani ji, We have to accept our past. We have to learn from our history. there is no need to be ashamed.
Sep 21, 2012 04:20am
@insaan: Poor in taste. Learn to respect your guest.. that is Islam....
Sep 20, 2012 09:48pm
not necessarily . lahore and karachi are completely different, with regards to climate, people, landscape, buildings etc....
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Sep 21, 2012 04:41am
Why do every pakistani thinks that he is Arab