Tiger Zinda Hai director Ali Abbas Zafar on Salman Khan: I can push him to do things which others cannot

Director Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai and Sultan earned more than Rs 1000 crore at the box office. In an exclusive chat he shares his bond with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, and why his films connect so well with the audience.

Ali abbas zafar is 36. Round for a decade, ali has helmed 4 films and he is already Bollywood’s a thousand-crore plus director. His state-of-the-art blockbuster tiger zinda hai has crossed rs 500 crore international making it salman khan’s largest film until date. That’s now not all. The film, also starring Katrina kaif, has trumped sultan as the best yash raj grosser too. Point to note is, even sultan became directed by means of ali, who appears to be on a spree of breaking facts set through his own movies. Ask him if he is concerned approximately these kind of mega numbers and he quips, “the cash is not coming to me, it’s coming inside the industry. I just experience that the cash corresponds to the number of human beings who have seen your film. As a filmmaker you most effective experience empowered while the story you conceived or your concept technique is getting related along with your target audience. Come what may i assume that is the bigger fulfillment for a filmmaker.”

In an distinct chat with 4funmovie.com, ali unfolded approximately his mega success price and the way he made his way into the list of the most successful directors these days, without any filmy connections or backing. “god has been kind and i’ve been fortunate to achieve this plenty in this kind of much less time without coming from a movie history,” he said.

Ali is probably one of those few people who is closest to Salman Khan right now. After Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, the two are teaming up again for Bharat. So what keeps their bond so strong? “I think it’s the bond of honesty because I personally think he is one of the very few people in the industry who’s very honest, who is like ‘what you see, is what you get’. And I am somewhere exactly like that. He is so senior to me so my relationship with him has always been like that of a younger brother. We don’t have a director-actor relationship. So when that happens, I can push him to do things which maybe a lot of filmmakers won’t be able to do,” Ali said.

Ali further explained how he and Salman share a common philosophy, to reach out to maximum audience with their films. “Salman understands and respects the kind of hard work I put into a project. He and I come from the same school that you can only raise a question or create a change when maximum people watch it, whether it is the fight within (Sultan) or whether it’s about raising questions of global tension (Tiger Zinda Hai). And if you get rewarded at the box office, there is nothing bigger than that because those people are completely unbiased, they have spent their hard-earned money and their two and a half hours on your film so you are only answerable to those people,” he added….

Ali’s association with Katrina also goes back to many years, when he worked as an AD on her film New York. She eventually became his first heroine too. “I always say that Katrina is a very underrated actor. I think people don’t push themselves too hard to work with her, or on her. With both my films (Mere Brother ki Dulhan and Tiger Zinda Hai) I personally think her performance got registered as people related to her. When I was working with her after six and a half years, I felt she has matured. I feel as an actor-director, what you go through in your personal and professional life, matures your craft. I think right now she is just warming up for a completely new innings where people will see her in a different light,” he said.

So, does being a young blood help him understand his audience better? Giving the example of Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, Ali explained, “I believe as a filmmaker you need to be very educated about what is happening around you as those are the things that make your cinema contemporary. My films are very relevant today and that is why they are connecting with the younger audience. Emotions in the films are very universal and timeless. So if you have the right balance of emotions, content and story, chances of a film going wrong is less because if your script is strong, even if you make an average film, it will work at the box office.”

When I remind him about how his actors laud his craft and patience in handling the toughest situations on the sets, he laughs. “I think they are lying because they all enjoyed working with me. I am not patient at all, I get impatient. I just feel that still at heart. I am an assistant director because I never went to a formal filmmaking school. You need to keep a continuous check of your actors, timing, infrastructure and the scale of your film. In my mind, there is always a time clock from the moment we reach the set till we pack up. The talent in front of camera is the purest talent and you can’t let your tension or frustration out on them because by the end of it people will only watch them at the theaters and won’t understand what went behind creating that scene or setup. You need to focus on your actors, give them all your love as a director,” he signs off.

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