Ahmed Ali Akbar

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Ahmed Ali Akbar
Ahmed Ali Akbar at an event in Islamabad (cropped).jpg
Born (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 35)[1]
OccupationActor, singer, tennis player
Years active1988–present

Ahmed Ali Akbar (Urdu: احمد علی اکبر) is a Pakistani actor. 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 praise for his work. He guest-starred in his film debut with the 2013 film Siyaah and started his professional television career in 2014, since then he has starred in several television series.[2] He was critically acclaimed for his performance in the film Laal Kabootar. He won Lux Style Awards for Best Film Actor for Laal Kabootar. He is known for Parizaad, Ehd- E-Wafa, Yeh Raha Dil and many more.[3][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Ali was born in Rawalpindi to Pakistani tennis coach Muhammad Ali Akbar.[6] Ali played tennis on a national level before pursuing his film career.[7][8] He also played cricket and football at club level.[9] At one point he wanted to go into professional cricket but abandoned the option because of nepotism.[10]

His younger brother, Abid Ali Akbar, who also plays tennis, has been called "Pakistan's next emerging hope" in the sport.[11]

Career[edit]

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,[12] for some ten years before going back into acting on some friend's advice, in a play written by Osman Khalid Butt.[13] Ali made his stage debut in 2008 and received critical appraisal for his work.[14]

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.[15] The next year he starred in the box-office hit Karachi Se Lahore, as well as in its sequel Lahore Se Aagey in 2016 which was also a commercial success.

In 2017 He played the lead role opposite Yumna Zaidi in Hum TV's romantic play Yeh Raha Dil.

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.[16]

In 2019 he starred in Laal Kabootar, a crime-thriller movie set in Karachi, which is also 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.[17] In 2019 he also worked for drama serial Ehd-e-Wafa which was ISPR's presentation and aired on PTV Home and Hum TV[18]

In 2019, Ahmed also starred as one of the four main characters in ISPR's comedy drama serial Ehd-e-Wafa.[citation needed]

Currently he is seen in drama serial Parizaad based on the novel of the same name by Hashim Nadeem.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Key
dagger Denotes films / dramas that have not released yet

Theatre[edit]

Year Play Additional notes
2012 The Taming of the Shrew as Tranio[19]
2014 Grease as Danny Zuko[20]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Additional notes
2013 Siyaah Faadi Azfar Jafri Cameo
2015 Karachi se Lahore Sam Wajahat Rauf
2016 Ho Mann Jahan Asim Raza Cameo
2016 Lahore Se Aagey Sam Wajahat Rauf Cameo
2018 Parchi Saqlain Azfar Jafri Also the stunt director
2019 Laal Kabootar Adeel Nawaz Kamal Khan Best Actor Award at South Asian Film Festival.[21]
2019 Heer Maan Ja Policeman Azfar Jafri Special Appearance
2019 Parey Hut Love Asim Raza cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Stop Watch Debut
2013 Burka Avenger Peon (voice) Animated Play
2014 Shehr-e-Ajnabi Haris
Dusri Bivi Aamir
2015 Ishq Parast Hamza
Guzaarish Zain
Nazo Habeel
Paiwand Hassam
2016 Mera Yaar Miladay Fahad
2017 Munkir Gulraiz
Yeh Raha Dil Zaki Nominated-Hum Award for Best on-screen couple along with Yumna Zaidi
Phir Wohi Mohabbat Waleed
2018 Tajdeed e Wafa Arsal
2019 Ehd E Wafa Sheheryar
2021 Parizaad Parizaad

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mansha Pasha and Ahmed Ali Akbar's dance video goes viral". Daily Pakistan (newspaper). 29 September 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  2. ^ Sarym, Ahmed. "Ahmed Ali returns to the big screen". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Ahmed Ali Akbar Drama List – Ahmed Ali Akbar – Logicalbaat.com". LogicalBaat a home for News & Entertainment. 8 May 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Ahmed Ali Akbar – Biography & Dramas List". Dramas Planet. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Ahmed Ali Akbar". IMDb. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Talent focus: Ahmed Ali Akbar; Actor and Phenomenon in the Making – The Kollective". The Kollective. 13 December 2017. Archived from the original on 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ Sarym, Ahmed. "Ahmed Ali returns to the big screen". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  8. ^ Kamal, Kainat (23 December 2016). "Interview With Ahmed Ali". The Blush Works. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  9. ^ Kainat Kamal (23 December 2016), "Artist Spotlight: Ahmed Ali Akbar", TheBlushWorks. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Natasha Raheel (27 April 2015), "Abid Ali Akbar— Pakistan's next emerging tennis hope", The Express Tribune. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  12. ^ Zaineb Hashmi (31 May 2017), "Reaching for the stars; the multi-talented Ahmed Ali", Zaineb Hashmi's blog. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  13. ^ 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 1 July 2018.
  14. ^ Khan, Manal Faheem. "There's a new Ahmed Ali on the block!". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  15. ^ "An actor and a gentleman ‹ The Friday Times". The Friday Times. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  16. ^ HIP DESK (21 September 2017), "Ahmed Ali Akbar; the man behind Parchi's action packed stunts!", Hipinpakistan. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ https://www.hum.tv/dramas/ehd-e-wafa/
  19. ^ Syed Abbas Hussain ( 6–12 July 2012), "Tour de force"[permanent dead link], The Friday Times. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  20. ^ Mehreen Hasan (2 February 2014), "Musical thriller: It's Grease alright but stops a tad short of lightning", The News International. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  21. ^ NewsBytes. "Ahmed Ali Akbar bags Best Actor award at Washington DCSAFF 2019". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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