Ali Zafar found fame in Bollywood as a romantic hero but the Pakistani singer-actor is now keen to change that image with his gun-toting, gangster avatar in his upcoming release 'Kill Dil'.
Zafar, 34, has turned gangster in the upcoming Yash Raj film.
The 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' star said he took up the
Shaad Ali-directed film as he was quite bored of his earlier
"It was a conscious decision to opt for 'Kill Dil' to
change that image. I wanted to do something different because I
want to be known as a versatile actor. I don't like to play safe. I
like to experiment with my looks, acting and projects. I want to
create a niche for myself. In this film, people will see a
different side of me," Zafar told.
The 'Tere Bin Laden' star did not watch any Hollywood
or Bollywood gangster drama as he wanted to bring in a certain
originality to the character of Tutu in the film, releasing on
"I wanted to create a very original role for myself which I
would always be remembered for. It would be my own creation. Hence,
it is not inspired from anyone," Zafar said.
The actor started off his career in showbiz as a successful
musician and shifted to Pakistani TV soaps before making it big to
the Hindi film industry with debut satire film 'Tere Bin
"The journey has been fantastic so far. I was one the first ones
to come from Pakistan and start a fantastic journey here in
Bollywood. Out of the five films, I have given three box-office
hits and the sixth one is looking very promising," he said.
Zafar feels lucky that Aditya Chopra and Shaad gave him an
opportunity to star in 'Kill Dil' which is different from
his previous rom-coms.
"I got a call from the studio and Adi told me about the film. He
said that the film would be directed by Shaad and asked me to meet
him. I met Shaad for narration and I liked the script. It was an
honour for me to star in this project as it is contrary to my
romantic guy image in Bollywood," he said.