Pakistan’s ‘rock star’ Ali Zafar bonds with Bollywood’s Sidharth Malhotra


Young Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra and Pakistani rock star Ali Zafar are now friends, and they enhanced that relationship over filmi parties, rather “over a series of such hang-outs”.

In a report on the Dawn website, Ali Zafar, a celebrity ambassador of the Pakistan Super League cricket and who will perform at the PSL launch in Dubai on 4 February, recounted his association with the Indian star.

“I met Sidharth for the first time at Karan’s party for ‘I Hate Love Stories’ while I was gearing up to shoot ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’. Although that was a brief exchange but later we met each other at various parties (sic),” Ali Zafar said.

“Then, once a friend of mine who was visiting India and who was a big fan of his after his movie came out, wanted to meet him. He was kind enough to take precious time out of his shoot schedule, especially to meet her on short notice, and she and her friends praised how sweet he was,” Ali recalled. “We became friends and bonded [over] food and life. I told him about the old city flavour and he became very intrigued. Soon we’ll share our whole experience in detail!”

Pakistani actor Ali Zafar with members of Pakistani women's team.
Pakistani actor Ali Zafar with members of Pakistani women’s team.

Ali Zafar is also excited on being associated with PSL, which begins on 4 February.

“It’s really strange. As a child I wanted to be a cricketer and even though I grew up to be a musician, a passion for cricket has always been real close to me like it is to the entire nation,” he said.

“And then, here comes an event which merges both music and cricket together, so you can understand how much it means to me to be chosen for something so big, to represent my country on an international scale with international players and artists,” he said. “It’s a big honour for me. We should be proud of it, It can’t get bigger than this. Pakistan’s own super league that would open on such a grand scale to cricket fans in Dubai. Can’t wait to get on stage and rock it!”