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Here's why Ali Zafar isn't playing the lead in Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:27 IST

Actor Ali Zafar, who played the lead role in Tere Bin Laden, will be seen in a special role in its sequel Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive.

Speaking at the launch of the film's trailer on Tuesday, director Abhishek Sharma said:

"The journey of the character of Ali from the first film has been completed and this film is about the character of Sharma (played by Manish Paul). And in the film Ali has a very special role. When you'll watch the film, you'll understand why he couldn't do the main role".

"I think the trailer has given enough hint out there if you can see it. Only Ali Zafar could've played this special role and I don't think he could've played what Manish is playing. The answer lies in the film once you see it - when you see it you will not miss Ali Zafar since he's brilliant in this film as well".

Manish said that he had first met Sharma for a small role in another film. However, that project was shelved and Sharma asked him to sign on as the lead in Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive.

In the first part, Ali played a journalist who badly wanted to go to America. However, this time around, the main character - played by Manish - is an aspiring filmmaker from Delhi's Chandni Chowk, who wants to leave his jalebi-frying days behind and make it big in Bollywood.

"How he struggles and lands up in Mumbai, starts the film, makes the film, and what all things happen is what you'll see coming together in the film," said Manish.

"I'm very excited because every person wants to do a film and I have received this opportunity to be a part of such a big film. We're ready with the film and I'm damn sure that people will like the film".

The film, which also stars Pradhuman Singh, Piyush Mishra and Sikandar, is set to release on 19 February.


First published: 20 January 2016, 2:30 IST