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Ali Zafar
Ali Zafar at Fly Beyond Awards.jpg
Zafar at India's Fly Beyond Awards, 2014
Native name علی محمد ظفر
Born (1980-05-18) 18 May 1980 (age 36)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater National College of Arts
Occupation Actor, singer-songwriter, musician
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Ayesha Fazli (m. 2009)
Children 2
Parent(s) Mohammad Zafarullah
Kanwal Ameen
Website AliZafar.net
Musical career
Genres Pop, Rock, Electronic, Folk, Classical, Sufi
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Years active 2003–present
Labels

Ali Mohammad Zafar is a Pakistani actor, singer-songwriter, and musician.[1] Zafar started out on Pakistani TV, then also established a career in Hindi cinema and his success led many Pakistani actors to venture into Bollywood films. He has received five Lux Style Awards and a Filmfare Award nomination.[2][3][4]

Zafar started his career as a music composer and gained popularity by his single "Channo" from his debut album Huqa Pani which sold over five million copies worldwide.[5] "Channo" turned out to be a huge success topping many music charts and earned him several awards for Best Music Album and Artist.[6]

Zafar made his acting debut with a leading role in the 2010 Bollywood satire film Tere Bin Laden, a moderate box-office success. His performance in the film garnered critical appreciation and earned him several nominations in the Best Male Debut category, including Filmfare.[7] He then also worked in several films, including Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Chashme Baddoor, and Dear Zindagi.[2][8][9][10]

Alongside his acting and singing career, Zafar participates in tours, concerts and stage shows, is active in humanitarian work and has a number of endorsement deals. He was voted as the "Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet" based on a worldwide poll by the British newspaper Eastern Eye in 2013 and 2014.[3][11][12]

Early life[edit]

Zafar at the premiere of Tere Bin Laden, 2010

Ali Zafar was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan[13] in a Punjabi family. His parents Mohammad Zafarullah and Kanwal Ameen were professors at the University of Punjab. He has two brothers; Zain and Danyal, the later of these is a commercial model. Zafar received his early education from C.A.A. Public School. He completed his graduation from the Government College of Lahore and the National College of Arts.

Career[edit]

Zafar started his career as a sketch artist at Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore and then began acting in television serials. He debuted as a television actor by acting in drama serials Kollege Jeans, Kanch Ke Par and Landa Bazar.

Zafar with Salman Khan at the audio release of the song "Ullu Da Patha" in Dubai, 2010.

Zafar sung "Jugnuon Se Bhar De Aanchal" for 2003 film Shararat. He debuted as a musician same year with the album Huqa Pani which was a success. The album sold over 5,000,000 copies worldwide and winning several awards and nominations including 2004 Lux Style Award for "Best Album" and 2008 "Best Male Artist" award at the MTV awards,[14] making him one of the most popular pop singers in Pakistan. It was also claimed that Bollywood's popular music directors Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam ripped "Channo" and "Rangeen" from Zafar's album in "Dillagi Mein Jo Beet Jaaye" for Aashiq Banaya Aapne and "Chhore Ki Baatein" for Fight Club – Members Only respectively.[15][16][better source needed]

Zafar released his second album Masty in November 2006.[2][9] The music video of the single "Dekha", was named as the most expensive music video of Pakistan, costing more than rupees ten million. The video was produced by Lux and was shot in Malaysia featuring Reema Khan, Meera, and Aaminah Haq. The song was also made part of the Hollywood film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which was released in September 2010. He is currently the fourth Pakistani artist after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Strings and Atif Aslam to have a songs featured in Hollywood films. He also won the "Youth Icon" award in the Lux Style Awards 2007, in Malaysia. Zafar was also offered a role for 2007 film Khuda Kay Liye but was unable to sign due to some personal reasons. The role was then performed by Fawad Khan.

Zafar with Siddharth Narayan, Taapsee Pannu and Divyendu Sharma in Mumbai.

In 2010, He made his debut as a leading actor with the Bollywood film Tere Bin Laden which was directed by Abhishek Sharma.[17] Tere Bin Laden was partially based on Osama Bin Laden and Zafar played a Pakistani journalist from Karachi who makes fake video of Osama Bin Laden, so that he could go to America. The film released in July 2010, proved to be a major commercial success in India but was banned in Pakistan. Zafar's performance in the film garnered critical appreciation and earned him Best Male Debut nominations at several award ceremonies, including IIFA Awards, Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards and Filmfare Awards. He was also named as the first Pakistani to be called to Indian Film Festival at Australia in March 2011 for his movie screening.

In February 2011, Zafar released his third album Jhoom which won 2012 Lux Style Award for "Best Music Album".[18][19] He made an special appearance in the film Luv Ka The End in which he sung a song "F.U.N. Fun Funna". He also sung the title song for the film Love Mein Ghum. He also acted along side Tara D'Souza in the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, starring Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, and it was released in September 2011.[20]

In March 2012, Zafar starred in film London, Paris, New York with Aditi Rao Hydari, directed by Anuradha Menon, and also composed the soundtrack for the film. He then received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Best New Talent Male and the Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Male for his performances in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.[21][22] He also performed the soundtrack for Pakistani drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai, which won many awards.

Zafar at launch of song "Nakhriley", Kill Dil

Zafar also starred in a romantic comedy film Chashme Baddoor, directed by David Dhawan. The film was released in April 2013 and was declared a box office super hit.[23] The same year, he was also featured in an episode of Burka Avenger, singing his famous song "Channo".[24] Zafar then also starred in and composed soundtrack for film Total Siyappa which was a romantic comedy film released in March 2014. He also acted in Kill Dil which was released in November.[25]

Zafar released a single "Urain Ge" as tribute to victims of APS Peshawar attack in early 2015, featuring many Pakistani artists.[26][27] His voice was also featured in the song "DJ", which was sung by Sunidhi Chauhan for the film Hey Bro. He then also sung a song for Defence Day, "Hanstay Hanstay".

Zafar had performed an item number "Six Pack Abs" in the sequel of his 2010 film Tere Bin Laden, entitled Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive, which was released in February 2016. Zafar was also seen in Pakistani film Lahore Se Aagey. He then appeared in Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi as a musician along side the star cast Alia Bhatt.[10] The films were released in November 2016. He Then also sung "Hum Roshan to Kal Roshan", which released in December 2016.

In addition, Zafar has signed Ahsan Rahim's action-comedy project entitled Teefa in Trouble along side Maya Ali. The film will be the debut of both theactors in Pakistan film industry.[28][29][30] He is also working on his fourth music album, and he will be producing a Pakistani film based in Deosai National Park.[31]

Tours and performances[edit]

Zafar in his concert entitled Dil Jhoom Jhoom by Hum TV, on Valentine 2014[32]

After when he got fame, Zafar first performed at the ceremony of 3rd Lux Style Awards in 2004. The following year, he did his stage act at 4th Lux Style Awards. He then sang live the songs in 5th Lux Style Awards in 2006 and 6th Lux Style Awards in 2007, and then performed stage dance with Reema Khan in the 2007 ceremony. He also had performed in Mela Festival at Oslo, Norway in 2008.[33][34]

He joined Coke Studio Pakistan in 2008 and performed the songs "Allah Hu", "Daastan-e-Ishq", "Nahi Ray Nahi" and "Yaar Daddi Ishq" in season one and two.[35][36]

In 2012, Zafar performed at 11th Lux Style Awards with Humaima Malick and also paid tribute to musician Mehdi Hassan by singing his ghazal "Mujhe Tum Nazar Sai".[37][38][39] He also performed at the Pantaloons Femina Miss India contest held at Bhavans Ground in Mumbai on 30 March 2012. He then performed at GiMA Awards 2012. In 2013, he performed along with Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Preity Zinta at Temptations Reloaded concert in Muscat.

Zafar at The O2 Arena, 2014

Zafar then also performed at Lifestyle Pakistan Expo where he walked the ramp for designer brand ChenOne and also performed with a dhol. He was also invited to perform in 2013 Cannes Film Festival held at Cannes, France.[40] In 2014, he was seen performing with Yami Gautam on Zee Cine Awards.[41] He then also performed in Naz Choudhury's Bollywood Showstoppers at The O2 Arena along with Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mika Singh and Shahid Kapoor.[42] He then also hosted 1st Star Box Office India Awards Ceremony along with Ayushmann Khurrana,[43][44] where they also gave a musical tribute to Raj Kapoor.

He re-joined Coke Studio Pakistan in 2015 for the eight season where he performed three songs. The first song "Rockstar" became popular worldwide, and was also appreciated by Imran Khan, Mahira Khan, Sonu Nigam, Hrithik Roshan and Adnan Sami,[45] and then it was also awarded the title Song of the Year. Zafar then gave tribute to Saleem Raza by performing second song "Ae Dil" along with Sara Haider. The third song he perormed was sufi "Ajj Din Vehre Vich".

Zafar at logo launch event of PSL, 2015

At the logo-launch-event of Pakistan Super League on 20 September 2015, Zafar released and performed on the anthem "Ab Khel Ke Dikha" of the league. On 30 January 2016, he also performed on release of anthem "Chakka Choka" of the team Islamabad United in an event for the team. He then also performed on the opening ceremony of PSL 2016 on 4 February.

Zafar performed a dancing act on the remix of his Coke Studio hit "Rockstar" in the ceremony of 14th Lux Style Awards, after when he was given musical tribute by Jimmy Khan, Uzair Jaswal, Sara Haider and Farhan Saeed separately, in 2015. The following year, he hosted the ceremony, where he performed an opening dance act on his new song paying tribute to Lux Style Awards. He then also gave a musical tribute there, co-singing with Ali Sethi and Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch, to Amjad Sabri who was assassinated in Karachi on 22 June 2016. The same year, he collaborated with Atif Aslam on the release of their song "Yaarian", and they performed on it on Defence Day. Zafar also performed on the stage of 1st Hum Style Awards along with Sohai Ali Abro, where he was also awarded "Most Stylish Male Performer".[46][47]

Zafar at opening ceremony of PSL 2017

Zafar released anthem of PSL 2017 "Ab Khel Jamay Ga" in January 2017, and then he also performed in opening ceremony of PSL 2017 on 9 February in Dubai.[48][49]

Personal life[edit]

Zafar married his long-time fiancee Ayesha Fazli, who is a distant relative of Indian actor Aamir Khan,[50][51][52] on 28 July 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan. They were blessed with a boy in 2010,[53] and a girl in 2015.[54]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not been released yet Denotes films that have not been released yet

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
2010 Tere Bin Laden Ali Hassan Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Best Male Debut Award
2011 Luv Ka The End Freddy Kapoor Special appearance in song "F.U.N. Fun Funaa"
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Luv Agnihotri
2012 London, Paris, New York Nikhil Chopra [a]
2013 Chashme Baddoor Siddharth Kashyap a.k.a. Sid
2014 Total Siyapaa Aman Ali [a]
Kill Dil Tutu Supporting role
2016 Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive Ali Hassan a.k.a. Ali Zafar Special appearance in song "Six Pack Abs"
Lahore Se Aagey Himself Urdu Cameo[55]
Dear Zindagi Rumi Hindi [10]
TBA Teefa in Trouble Film that has not been released yet TBA Urdu Ahsan Rahim's upcoming[30][31][56]
TBA Deosai Film that has not been released yet TBA filming[56][57]
  1. ^ a b also composed soundtrack

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
1999 Kollege Jeans[58][59] Ali Zafar PTV Home
2000 Kanch Ke Par Temur
2002 Landa Bazar Ramis
2014 1st Star Box Office India Awards Host Star Plus
2016 15th Lux Style Awards Geo TV

Appearance in television commercials[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

India[edit]

  • Close-Up toothpaste
  • Dabur OxyLife Men Bleach Crème[60]

Other appearances[edit]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Ali Zafar discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
Indus Music Awards
2004 Huqa Pani Best Debut Artist Won
Best Album Won
2005 Best Pop Artist Won
Lux Style Awards
2004 Huqa Pani Best Album Won
2007 Masty Nominated
Youth Icon Award Won
2012 Jhoom Best Album Won
"Jhoom" Song of the Year Nominated
2013 "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" Best Original Soundtrack Won
2016 "Rockstar"[61] Song of the Year Won
Asian Bollywood Music Awards
2005 Huqa Pani Best Pop Music Album in Pakistan Won
MTV Style Awards
2008 Masty Best Male Artist Won
Most Stylish Artist Won
2009 "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" Best Male Singer Won
Zee Cine Awards
2011 Tere Bin Laden Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut Nominated
ARY Film Awards
2014 ARY Film Award for International Icon of the Year Won
Hum Style Awards
2016 Most Stylish Male Performer[62][63] Won
Filmfare Awards
2011 Tere Bin Laden Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut Nominated
IIFA Awards
2011 Tere Bin Laden IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Male Nominated
Screen Awards
2011 Tere Bin Laden Screen Award for Best Male Debut Nominated
Style Awards
2011 "Jhoom" Song of the Year Won
Personality of the Year Nominated
Stardust Awards
2011 Tere Bin Laden Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Nominated
2012 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Musical Sensations – Male Nominated
Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Won
Dadasaheb Phalke Award
2012 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Best New Talent Male Won
Pakistan Media Awards
2012 Jhoom Best Singer Male[64] Nominated
Love Mein Ghum Best Playback Singer Nominated
2014 "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" Best Drama Original Soundtrack Nominated
Best Singer Male Nominated
Hum Awards
2014 "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" Hum Award for Best Original Soundtrack Nominated
Karawood Film Festival
2015 Most Versatile Artist Won
HT Most Stylish Awards
2015 Most Stylish Import[65] Won

Other awards and honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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