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Ali Fazal impresses with his role of Abdul Karim in Victoria and Abdul!

Ali Fazal impresses with his role of Abdul Karim in Victoria and Abdul!

The reviews Victoria and Abdul have started pouring in and while Judi Dench by all means has been showered with praises for her poised and clever portrayal of Queen Victoria, it makes us even more proud to see the early reviews praising Ali Fazal for his performance as Abdul Karim in this real life story based on the book by Shrabani Basu. Here are some of the reviews.

Ali Fazal is currently busy with the promotions of his Hollywood movie Victoria & Abdul which has been generating major buzz ahead of its release. He is paired alongside veteran actress and Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench.
The trailer of the anticipated movie beautifully captures the budding friendship between Queen Victoria (played by Dame Judi Dench) and Abdul Karim (played by Ali Fazal), a young clerk from India.
Ali is currently in Venice attending the prestigious Venice International Film Festival for the world premiere of Victoria & Abdul along with Judi Dench and director Stephen Frears. The handsome actor looked dapper in a monochrome plaid suit, a black collar t-shirt, black trousers and black shoes. He was seen bonding with his co-star and their director as they posed happily for the paparazzi.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted – *It helps that Fazal, with his heartthrob looks and expressive eyes, projects such sincerity*

Screen Daily quoted –  *Fazal’s light touch makes Abdul a winning starry-eyed figure!*

First Showing UK said – *Ali Fazal who plays Judi’s co-star as Abdul is such a delight, carrying so much of the story with his warmth and patience

Fazal pointed out that the pic manages to “humanize even that period when there was protocol, there was racism…everything that we are experiencing even now.” But he did not venture any further on its potential political connotations.

And even the usually politically charged Izzard steered clear of the more timely aspect of “Victoria & Abdul,” pertaining to the West’s relations with Muslims: “It’s an edgy story in terms of what we did to the Indian nation back then….Now the people of India and the people around the world can watch this story and see what actually went on,” he said to Veriety.

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