The London Paris New York actor talks his most beloved painting – that of his girl – and about his journey from portraits to music
Pakistani singer Ali Zafar says that in his initial days he used to draw portraits to earn enough money to record his first music album. “I started my career with painting portraits in a hotel lobby – 20-minute sketches. I was 18 then. I collected money by doing this so that I could record my album,” the 31-year-old said while painting his London Paris New York co-star Aditi Rao Hydari at a promotional event of the film releasing Friday. “Then I recorded my songs and shot the video. I was studying and modelling simultaneously, only to fulfill my dreams. All this took three-four years and when it finally released my hard work paid off, the song Channo became a hit overnight,” he added.
Ali goes red in the face at the mention of his most beloved painting. “I think I had made a painting of someone a long time ago and that was quite an emotional one. It’s an old, personal story. She got married to someone else,” said Ali shyly.
He has not only acted in London Paris New York but also composed the music and penned the lyrics for the movie. He even made good use of his camera on the sets by taking pictures, with photography being his one other creative skill. Ali is currently busy promoting London Paris New York, which is directed by Anu Menon.