Ali Fazal recalls being uncomfortable with intimate scenes in a script

Wednesday 20th September 2023 08:25 EDT

Ali Fazal recently shared about being uncomfortable on a set when he was told to perform an intimate scene without it being discussed first. He said he felt cornered when he remained adamant and refused to carry out the scene, adding that people weren't expecting him to have a problem with the scene. The actor stressed on the importance of intimacy coordinators during such scenes on the sets.

Ali said, "I remember there was an intimate scene between a man and a woman, the man being me in question, and it was randomly introduced. It was not in the script; it was not discussed. I come on set, and boom, everybody's ready, like everybody's been briefed and I'm standing there." "I said, 'I'm not comfortable with it.' Now, for the first time, I think on a set, people weren't expecting a guy to say that. Why is it assumed that I'm too ready? Why is it assumed that I should be okay."

He also shared how people reacted. "The girl in question was convinced because of her character, and the brief that was given. I wasn't given (the brief), and it was never discussed. I was uncomfortable with the kind of choreography that was," the actor added. Ali said he refused to perform the scene. "I, for the first time, felt cornered because everybody was like 'Tu toh launda hai yaar, isko kya problem ho rahi hai. (He's a guy. He shouldn't have a problem)' Everybody's looking at me. For the first time, I felt probably how women have felt for years and decades."

On the work front, Ali was last seen in 'Kandahar.' He has Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Khufiya,' next. The Neo-noir spy thriller is based on Amar Bhushan's espionage novel 'Escape to Nowhere' and stars Tabu in the lead. It also features Wamiqa Gabbi, and Ashish Vidyarthi. 'Khufiya' will release on Netflix India on October 5.

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