Ali, Richa not going to Oscars 2018

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Actor Ali Fazal has refuted reports claiming that he will be attending the forthcoming 90th Academy Awards ceremony with actress and girlfriend Richa Chadha. He said he won't be there in person, but will be "gunning" for his Oscar-nominated film "Victoria & Abdul".

Ali's "Victoria & Abdul", featuring Hollywood star Judi Dench in a key role, is in contention to win an Oscar in two categories -- Best Costume Design and Make-up and Hairstyling.

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Re-tweeting a link of the speculative story, the actor on Thursday posted: "Incorrect. I am shooting in Los Angeles (LA). Being in LA doesn't mean Oscars. But still gunning for my film and team who will be there."

"I am very excited about my film being up there at the Oscars," he added.

The two have been dating for over a year and last year during the recent Venice Film Festival, their fans saw them indulging in some serious PDA taking their relationship public. The two met on the sets of their debut film Fukrey, a 2013 comedy-drama. They were friends for four years before dating.

Helmed by Stephen Frears, "Victoria & Abdul" is based on a novel by Shrabani Basu. It revolves around the relationship shared by Queen Victoria and Abdul, who was a munshi in her government. It also shows his journey on how he became one of the most powerful figures in the court.

The role of the queen is played by Dench, and Abdul is essayed by Ali. The Oscar awards ceremony will be held on March 4.

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