Ali Zafar: I play peacemaker between India and Pakistan

The Chashme Baddoor actor feels that politics and art should not be mixed. The young Pakistani star is also trying everything in his capacity to bridge the gap between the two warring countries

Ali Zafar is happy with the way Bollywood is treating him. The young Pakistani actor has made a mark in B-town with his performance in films like Tere Bin Laden and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. And now he is excited about his forthcoming release Chashme Baddoor. But he’s more than thankful for the appreciation he’s received – both from the fraternity and the country. “Both India and Bollywood are treating me nicely. It is co-related, after all. I think because India has accepted me for who I am, Bollywood is treating me nicely and because Bollywood has welcomed me graciously, India is treating me warmly. Lekin co-relation toh hain. And I could not have asked for more. I’m very thankful to the media, the fraternity and my audience for accepting me with an open heart and appreciating my work,” confessed the 32-year-old.

The cute Pakistani import came to India in 2004 as a singer, but now he’s glad that he’s been accepted as an actor as well. Zafar also maintained that politics should be separated from arts, music and films. “Art and politics should not be mixed. No matter what happens or no matter how many challenges we face, it should not hijack the attention from the peace process. People are just the same everywhere. There’s need to bridge the gap between the two countries and I am playing a role already towards spreading the same message. When I go back to Pakistan and talk about my work and films, it helps break a lot prejudices or wrong perception. People there realise that Indians are very warm, accepting and welcoming,” he concluded.