Ali Abbas Zafar

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Ali Abbas Zafar
Photo Of Ali Abbas Zafar From The Audio release of 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan'.jpg
Born Ali Abbas Zafar
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, assistant director
Years active 2004–present
Known for Sultan

Ali Abbas Zafar is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He achieved moderate success for his first two films, the romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and the action drama Gunday (2014). He then went on to receive widespread recognition for the sports drama Sultan (2016), which ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films.


Zafar entered the film industry as an assistant director, including on multiple projects for the production company Yash Raj Films (YRF). He then made his own directorial and screen-writing debut with the romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011). The film revolved around a young man (Imran Khan) who finds a bride (Katrina Kaif) for his older brother (Ali Zafar), but then finds that he himself has fallen in love with her.[1]

His next film was the action drama Gunday (2014), set in Calcutta in the 1970s and 1980s. The film starred Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor as powerful bandits, Priyanka Chopra as a cabaret dancer whom they both fall in love with, and Irrfan Khan as a police officer pursuing them.[2][3] Both Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Gunday were successful at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics.

Zafar's next film was the blockbuster sports drama Sultan (2016) starring Salman Khan as a wrestling champion from Haryana, with Anushka Sharma as a female wrestler who becomes a love interest for Khan's character. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics and has emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films.

His next project is the action thriller Tiger Zinda Hai, the sequel to YRF's Ek Tha Tiger (2012). The film will feature Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reprising their roles from the first film, and is currently set to release in December 2017.[4]



Year Title Director Screenwriter Assistant Director
2007 Marigold Yes
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Yes
2007 Chaurahen Yes
2008 Tashan Yes
2009 New York Yes
2010 Badmaash Company Yes
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Yes Yes
2014 Gunday Yes Yes
2016 Sultan Yes Yes
2017 Tiger Zinda Hai Yes Yes


  1. ^ Kapoor, Jaskiran (13 October 2010). "Director's Cut". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  2. ^ IANS (16 October 2012). "Priyanka Chopra joins 'Gunday' gang". Mid Day. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Iti Shree Misra (24 August 2012). "Ali Abbas and Yash Raj team up again". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tiger Zinda Hai first look: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif are back in this thriller". The Indian Express. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ali Abbas Zafar: Directing 'Tiger Zinda Hai', not 'Race 3'". 

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