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Pakistan's Ali Zafar Makes Indian Film Debut

October 8, 2010 Katrina Kaif, Karan Johar, Ali Zafar

Pakistani actor, singer Ali Zafar, who made his cinematic debut two months ago with the reasonably-well comedy "Tere Bin Laden," has begun shooting his first full-fledged Bollywood film. The film will be produced under the prestigious, but beleaguered, Yash Raj Films and it also stars Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles.

Writing on Twitter about his first day's experience, Zafar said shooting was "relaxed, chilled." Praising his co-stars in the film, he also wrote, "Imran, Katrina (are) fun to work with."

After his first outing in the Bollywood, Zafar has been inviting a lot of praise from Bollywood directors, including Karan Johar, who tweeted about Zafar saying, "Just saw Tere Bin Laden... wonderfully satirical… some fall down funny moments and great ensemble performances."

However, with the praise came the brickbats that Zafar was ready to renounce his homeland, Pakistan, in favour of greener pastures in Indian film industry. Zafar, however, chose to deny the rumours when he addressed a press conference in Karachi, right after his movie released, where he said, "my home will always be Lahore" although he was ready to travel to any country for work.

However, Zafar's foray into Bollywood did not start as smooth as his first release because during the launch party of his movie with the Yash Raj banner, he failed to recognize the leading lady of his movie, that is Kaif.

It so happened that when Katrina spotted Zafar at the party, she made a move to introduce herself only to be met with a polite but blank smile, usually given to people whom you do not know properly.

An eye-witness at the party said, "Ali clearly didn't recognize Katrina. Though he was polite, he had a quizzical who-are-you look on his face. It was an embarrassing moment for Katrina. But she handled it with aplomb."

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