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Ali Fazal lends his voice to animated short Tasveer on the COVID-19 crisis


The film portrays the class divide in Indian society and urges people to be empathetic to the less privileged in these times of the pandemic. 

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Actor Ali Fazal is currently busy with the dubbing of Mirzapur 2 (2020). But he took out time to lend his voice to the animated short film Tasveer, which talks about the need for kindness, specially towards the less fortunate, in these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The short film is based on director Ashutosh Pathak's poem, which has been recited by Fazal. Neel Adhikari has composed the music of the film, which will release next week. 

Speaking about the animated film, an official statement from the makers said, “The poem highlights the need for kindness in today’s times. Given the fact that privilege needs to be known, understood, and acknowledged, Tasveer urges people to be empathetic to the less privileged. As the COVID 19 pandemic turned into a severe humanitarian crisis in India, Tasveer weaves into its writing an urgent sense of shame and a need to apologize to those who have suffered.” 

Fazal is glad to be a part of the project. “It’s a truth poignantly penned by Ashutosh, that I found myself lucky enough to be able to lend my voice to. The idea was to keep the tonality not too much in the face because the visuals were going to be strong as they are. The words had to seamlessly slip into the skin of the reader and yet be strong enough to be heard,” said the actor in an official statement. 

Pathak believes COVID-19 has exposed society. “Tasveer is a portrait of us - the privileged middle class. COVID has laid bare the class divide of societies. I remember burning with shame and helplessness as we watched the workers walk home from the comfort of our living rooms. I found that Ali shared this feeling, and together we found a way to voice it through this poem. Tasveer is our apology, our promise to be kinder to people around us in the post-COVID world,” he said. 

Fazal also voiced similar sentiments about society during this pandemic. “The best thing about art is it gets to place mirrors in the face of society and even ask some relevant questions. I don’t know what our better versions look like, but we’ve all seen our worst as humanity this year,” he added. 

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