Ahmed Ali Akbar
Ahmed Ali Akbar
|Residence||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Years active||1999, 2008–present|
Ahmed Ali Akbar is a Pakistani actor, singer, TV host and former national level tennis player. He marked his television debut at the age of thirteen on PTV's drama Stop Watch. Ali made his stage debut in 2008 and received critical appraisal for his work. He guest starred in his film debut with 2013 film Siyaah and started his professional television career in 2014, since then he has starred in several television series.
Ali was born in Rawalpindi to Pakistani tennis coach Muhammad Ali Akbar. Ali played tennis on a national level before pursuing his film career. He also played cricket and football at club level. At one point he wanted to go into professional cricket but abandoned the option because of nepotism.
His younger brother, Abid Ali Akbar, who also plays tennis, has been called "Pakistan’s next emerging hope" in the sport.
He marked his television career at the age of thirteen on PTV's drama Stop Watch, after which he was singing for a progressive rock band, the Islamabad-based Nafs, for some ten years before going back into acting on some friend's advice, in a play written by Osman Khalid Butt. Ali made his stage debut in 2008 and received critical appraisal for his work.
He guest starred in his 2013 debut film Siyaah and started his professional television career in 2014, as a lead actor in the drama Shehr-e-Ajnabi. The next year he starred in the box-office hit Karachi Se Lahore, as well as in its sequel Lahore Se Aagey a year later, which was also a commercial success, while the same year, in 2016, he hosted the inaugural Hum Style Awards. He then grabbed one of the leading roles in Parchi, in 2018, which was well received at the box-office. He also directed the stunts for the film.
Ahmed Ali Akbar was also in the Hum TV hit drama serial "Tajdeed E Wafa". He got the leading roles in the drama.
In 2019 he starred in Laal Kabootar, a crime-thriller movie set in Karachi, which is also famed music video director Kamal Khan's first feature film, sharing the screen with Mansha Pasha and Ali Kazmi, and which was well-received by the critics.
|Denotes films / dramas that have not released yet|
|2012||The Taming of the Shrew||as Tranio|
|2014||Grease||as Danny Zuko|
|2015||Karachi se Lahore||Sam||Wajahat Rauf|
|2016||Lahore Se Aagey||Sam||Wajahat Rauf||Cameo|
|2018||Parchi||Saqlain||Azfar Jafri||Also the stunts director|
|2019||Laal Kabootar||Adeel Nawaz||Kamal Khan||Best Actor Award at South Asian Film Festival.|
|2013||Burka Avenger||Peon (voice)||Animated Play|
|2016||Mera Yaar Miladay||Fahad|
|2017||Yeh Raha Dil||Zaki||Nominated-Hum Award for Best on screen couple along with Yumna Zaidi|
|2017||Phir Wohi Mohabbat||Waleed|
|2018||Tajdeed e Wafa||Arsal|
|2019||Ehd E Wafa||Sheheryar|
Awards and nominations
|2018||6th Hum Awards||Best Onscreen Couple Popular for Yeh Raha Dil|||Nominated|
|2019||8th Washington DC South Asian Film Festival Awards||Best Actor Award for Laal Kabootar||Won|
- Sarym, Ahmed. "Ahmed Ali returns to the big screen". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
- "Talent focus: Ahmed Ali Akbar; Actor and Phenomenon in the Making - The Kollective". The Kollective. 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
- Sarym, Ahmed. "Ahmed Ali returns to the big screen". Retrieved 2018-07-01.
- Kamal, Kainat (2016-12-23). "Interview With Ahmed Ali". The Blush Works. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
- Kainat Kamal (23 December 2016), "Artist Spotlight: Ahmed Ali Akbar", TheBlushWorks. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
- Maliha Rehman (29 March 2019), "We thought we knew Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha. Laal Kabootar proved us wrong", Dawn News. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Natasha Raheel (27 April 2015), "Abid Ali Akbar— Pakistan’s next emerging tennis hope", The Express Tribune. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- Zaineb Hashmi (31 May 2017), "Reaching for the stars; the multi-talented Ahmed Ali", Zaineb Hashmi's blog. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Rifaat, Haider. "Up close and personal with Parchi's Ahmed Ali Akbar: "You cannot pull people down if they are more talented than you; you have to push them up"". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
- Khan, Manal Faheem. "There's a new Ahmed Ali on the block!". Retrieved 2018-07-01.
- "An actor and a gentleman ‹ The Friday Times". The Friday Times. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
- Aamna Haider Isani (6 November 2016), "‘Razzle Dazzle’ at the first Hum Style Awards", The News International. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- HIP DESK (21 September 2017), "Ahmed Ali Akbar; the man behind Parchi's action packed stunts!", Hipinpakistan. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
- Saira Khan (25 November 2018), "'Shooting for Laal Kabootar was one of the best experience I have had' says Ahmed Ali Akbar", hipinpakistan. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
- Syed Abbas Hussain (July 6–12, 2012), "Tour de force", The Friday Times. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- Mehreen Hasan (2 February 2014), "Musical thriller: It’s Grease alright but stops a tad short of lightning", The News International. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- NewsBytes. "Ahmed Ali Akbar bags Best Actor award at Washington DCSAFF 2019". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2019-09-26.