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Ali Fazal on 'Death on the Nile', colour-blind casting, Mirzapur S3 and more

The Death on the Nile actor Ali Fazal is glad he got to share notes with Kenneth Branagh, who has received seven nominations at the 2022 Oscars for 'Belfast'.

February 27, 2022 / 04:09 PM IST
Gal Gadot and Ali Fazal in 'Death on the Nile', based on Agatha Christie’s popular book. The film released in India on February 11, 2022, and is currently playing in theatres.

Gal Gadot and Ali Fazal in 'Death on the Nile', based on Agatha Christie’s popular book. The film released in India on February 11, 2022, and is currently playing in theatres.

From a small role in Furious 7 in 2015, Ali Fazal has gone on to play substantial parts in international projects. The actor’s latest release is the Hollywood movie Death on the Nile based on Agatha Christie’s popular book. The star-studded whodunit also stars Gal Gadot, Arnie Hammer, Tom Bateman and Russell Brand, among others, with director Kenneth Branagh reprising his role as detective Hercule Poirot. Ali, who has recently also donned the producer’s hat, spoke about his projects and straddling Indian and international cinema.

You recently shot for Ric Roman Waugh’s 'Kandahar' that also stars Gerard Butler. Can you share your experience of working on this film?

Kandahar is an adrenaline-heavy film. As the name suggests, it’s set in Afghanistan, so we recreated that in Saudi Arabia. Ric is known for his action and for making big movies such as Angel Has Fallen and Greenland. I am grateful to Ric because he allowed me to bring what I wanted to the table. There are so many languages being spoken in the movie - including English, Urdu, Pashto and Dari. I had to prepare for the action for the first 15-20 days as I had to do a lot of stunts on my own because of the way the shots were designed. I had not done this kind of action before and there were a lot of new things to learn and share notes with Gerard. He was a great partner to work with.

Your 'Death on The Nile' director and co-star Kenneth Branagh called you a ‘real details man’ in an interview. How was it working with him and the rest of the ensemble cast?