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Role reversal: Ali Zafar will appear in an item number for Tere Bin Laden’s sequel


Anyone who had watched Tere Bin Laden was disappointed to hear that the movie’s leading man, Ali Zafar wouldn’t be returning for the sequel.

Well, fret not: you’ll still see him in the flick, just in a cameo this time. The singer turned actor will be making a special appearance in a song titled ‘Six Pack Abs’, which he naturally had to bulk up for.

Talking to the Mumbai Mirror, the 35-year-old recalls all the hard work he put in to get his new buff frame: “I had a strict schedule of three months to get into shape. I was off carbs and sugar and worked out twice a day before shooting kicked off. After we wrapped up, I binged on ice cream and parathasfor a month!”

“I was given the task of composing, writing and singing the song; I had a lot of fun with it. It’s like an interesting take on the item number concept and the trend of acquiring abs to ensure a hit song,” he elaborates on the song itself.

He also said that he lent the track a vintage Bollywood feel with a modern hook and quirky lyrics: “Everybody who hears it for the first time bursts out laughing.”

While that’s all well and good, we’re still wondering why he didn’t return in a main role for Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive.

Tere Bin Laden and its makers are close to my heart. It was like we made history, with the first film of our careers going on to garner a cult following, coupled with it being the first venture where a Pakistani actor was cast as the protagonist, paving way for several others. When the sequel came underway, Abhishek (the director) and I were excited about it but as an actor I wanted to try something challenging, so he decided to just cast me in this interesting number!”

The film is slated for release on 19 February this year. It stars Manish Paul, Pradyuman Singh and Piyush Mishra; while stories of the first film and the second are linked, they are not in continuity.

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