Haidar Ali's friendship with Gowariker dates back to 1987 when the latter began his career as an actor in Amol Palekar's television serial Kacchi Dhoop.
Around the same time, Haidar Ali featured in another Palekar serial, Naqab. The two actors met often and bonded. The fact that Gowariker celebrated his birthday a day before Haidar Ali celebrated his birthday on February 16, cemented the friendship.
"I liked Ashutosh's way of working even in those days," he says. "His planning was meticulous even though he was struggling then. We developed a bond even though there was an age gap of almost 20 years."
They also acted in Saeed Mirza's Salim Langde Par Mat Ro.
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