Bad News For  Judi Dench’s Fans She  Isn’t Coming To India!

…Judi Dench Heartbroken  After Colleague Roger Moore’s Death, Trailer Release Of  Victoria & Abdul Postponed

The trailer launch of Ali Fazal’s colonial drama Victoria & Abdul would have been released  this week if it wasn’t for the Manchester terror bombings.

Says  Ali, “The producers decided to set aside the trailer launch after what happened in Manchester. It didn’t seem proper to do anything even remotely celebratory after the tragedy.”

Even more tragedy awaited Ali’s octogenarian  co-star the legendary Judi Dench ,who lost two colleagues in a row. First , it was Tim Piggot-Smith  and now Roger Moore.

Ms Dench had been part of  many James Bond films,playing the mysterious  ‘M’.Though she never worked with Roger Moore they were friends.

With Tim, it was even more heartbreaking for Ms Dench.

Recalls Ali, “We were working together in Abdul & Karim.We suddenly lost Tim. It was a big blow to Judi.She took it very personally.At her age losing loved ones becomes  a sign of one’s one’s own mortality.And Tim was more than ten  years younger to Judi. How could he go just like that?!”

Ali dismisses recent reports  in the Indian press that Judi Dench planned to travel to India for the premiere of  Victoria & Abdul.A report in  a fantasy-happy  tabloid jubilantly announced a flower-and-music Rajasthan welcome for the  phenomenal British actress.

Discernibly embarrassed Ali says, “This  is a flamboyant fabrication, not true at all.Such baseless reports should not come out . Judi is not travelling to India. At her age, it is not easy for her to travel so far.Rather I am travelling to the UK  for the premiere in September. The  venue has not been decided yet. But we’re  most certainly having a big premiere.And I’ll be next to my most favourite co-star.”

Ali feels Victoria & Abdul is an  important film in his career. “I feel blessed that this role fell into my lap. It’s a  character with so many shades. And I got to work with some of the finest talent of British cinema.”

Ali now turns  director with a short film that he is currently working on.

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