The Extraordinary Friendship: Victoria & Abdul

Ali Fazal and Dame Judi Dench are all smiles at Victoria & Abdul’s premiere.

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself.

As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

#VictoriaandAbdul is the new drama by Stephen Frears, starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Michael Gambon.

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.
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At the trailer launch of the movie in India, Ali spoke candidly about how he changed Judi Dench’s perception of India. The actor revealed, “We had a lot of conversation regarding Indian films, though her perception of Bollywood was song and dance, I shared how we are much more than that. She loves our country. In fact, she was little heartbroken when she got to know that she is not coming to India; which is quite ironic because even Victoria never visited India.”
Recently, a popular US-based magazine Variety listed him in the list of 10 Actors to Watch for 2017.  Describing Ali, the magazine stated, “Star of the Bollywood films Fukrey and Khamoshiyan, Fazal made his American film debut in Furious 7, Fazal stars opposite Judi Dench in the upcoming Stephen Frears film Victoria & Abdul.

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