Ali Fazal will join the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mary J Blige at special event in LA today.
Ali Fazal is now enjoying popularity on international platform as well thanks to his recent release VICTORIA AND ABDUL where he played the titular role of Abdul Karim alongside the Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria.
In the last couple of months Ali has been attending many star-studded gala dinners in the US where he has been rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of Hollywood. Interestingly Ali has been approached to deliver a speech alongside many top Hollywood celebrities at prestigious 7th Annual Hollywood Contenders which will be held today in Los Angeles.
As per the sources, Ali will share anecdotes on Indian cinema, about his role in the film, about growing diversity in Hollywood amongst other things. Contenders is an annual event where the biggest film studios from Hollywood get together to discuss the best in the cinema of the year and two to three films from each studio are elected. As part of Focus Features, VICTORIA AND ABDUL will be present at the event and Ali Fazal will take to stage for it. Apart from this, several other big films of the year that are elected includes WONDER WOMAN, BLADE RUNNER 2049, BATTLE OF THE SEXES, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, DUNKIRK, BABY DRIVER, MOLLYS GAME and several others.
When asked about it Ali shared, “Ideally, it would have been Judi and me there but I am going alone this time and of course, VICTORIA & ABDUL has done well across the globe. The way American audience has responded is really inviting and nice. Basically, Focus features have 3 films this year which are part of the contenders and we all are going to be there. This is like early stage contenders of the year who are giving a talk on how we came about making the film and what was our role in it and of course then it comes to me speaking on diversity and the involvement of actors such as me.”