‘My fe­male roles get talked about more than the male ones’

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“I

am at that stage in my ca­reer where what I am do­ing and with whom, is most im­por­tant. I have to en­joy my work, and the rest will fall into place,” says ac­tor-co­me­dian Ali As­gar, who turned a year older yes­ter­day. He adds, “Af­ter Jud­waa 2 last year, I shot for a film with Ram Gopal Varma and an­other hor­ror film, this year. I can work 365 days in a year but one has to wait to get the kind of work you want.”

Ali, who has been seen play­ing women char­ac­ters on var­i­ous com­edy shows, says he would love to sur­prise peo­ple with dif­fer­ent roles but un­for­tu­nately he has been type­cast. “If I turn down the role of a woman on a show, it will go to an­other ac­tor. It is tricky. Play­ing a char­ac­ter is my job — be it male or fe­male. Last year, in the com­edy shows The Drama Com­pany and Dhan Dhana Dhan, I played a man and a woman but my role as a woman gets talked about more than the ones I play as a man. Even in my up­com­ing com­edy show with Sunil Grover, I am play­ing a man and a woman. If I can en­ter­tain peo­ple while play­ing a woman on screen, then it is worth it. I won’t play a woman on screen for the sake of it,” he says.

Af­ter part­ing ways pro­fes­sion­ally with ac­tor­co­me­dian Kapil Sharma over one and half years ago, Ali has been in touch with Kapil and has even been in­vited to the lat­ter’s wed­ding next week. “We spoke on the phone and he in­vited me to Pun­jab where he is get­ting mar­ried but I will be in China for a show so I won’t be able to at­tend it. But I will try to at­tend his re­cep­tion in

Mum­bai.”

Ali As­gar

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