Director Muzaffar Ali plays a role in his film ‘Jaanisaar’

Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali will be seen soon be seen displaying his acting prowess in his upcoming venture ‘Jaanisaar’.

The Umrao Jaan (1981) director had planned to cast either Amitabh Bachchan or Nasseruddin Shah for the role he plays in the film, but since both were busy with their respective projects, he decided to essay the role himself.

“According to the demand of the script, there was a need of a person who somewhat resembled me. We were thinking about Naseer and Amitabh, but both of them didn’t have the time. That’s according to us, but according to them, we would have perhaps got their time only after two years”, the director said in a statement.

The director also revealed that it was his filmmaker son Saad Ali who motivated him to act in the film. “My son told me that I should do the role. I told him that if you’ll be around, then I’ll do it and eventually I did it,” he added.

‘Jaanisaar’ is a period romance about a revolutionary dancer and a prince raised in England, set two decades after India’s first war of Independence in 1857. The film stars Pakistani actor Imran Abbas and Pernia Qureshi in the lead roles.

Muzaffar Ali said his character in the film was very exciting. “He is a person who has experienced 1857 and he has noticed how there was a corpse hanging on every tree. He realised that for this revolt, not just aggression, but consciousness was also required,” the director said of his character.

‘Jaanisaar’ is all set to hit screens on August 7.