On Tuesday, filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar took everyone by surprise when he introduced his wife Alicia on social media, with a beautiful photo he shared on Instagram. Along with the picture that captures Ali with Alicia, he wrote: “1,400 years ago Imam Ali said to Fatimah Al-Zahra’s, all my worries and sadness disappears when I look at your face, I feel the same Alicia Zafar. Mine for life.”

In a separate post, the filmmaker shared a family photo with his wife and parents. “Welcome to the Family,” he wrote.

And now, after introducing his better half to the world, the filmmaker opened up on how he pursued Alicia, who hails from France, for two years before she finally agreed to tie the knot. Ali also spoke about how he always wanted his wedding to be a ‘low-key’ affair. 

In an exclusive interaction with Mid Day, Ali said, “She is from France, so the visas were initially posing a problem. As soon as she got the visa, we went to Dehradun and got married at home. It was always planned this way.”

Dishing out details about how he met Alicia during a work trip to France, Ali said, “She is a first-generation Iranian from France. I had gone there for work and immediately fell in love with her. I pursued her for almost two years, convincing her that I am the man who will keep her happy. It has been a difficult task, but I am glad she finally agreed.”

As far as work is concerned, Ali has directed some blockbusters including ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, ‘Bharat’ and ‘Sultan’. His next is the nine-part series titled ‘Tandav’. 

The series, created and directed by Ali, features Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sunil Grover among others.

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