Zafar at the Indian Film Festival, 2011
|Native name||علی ظفر|
|Birth name||Ali Mohammad Zafar|
18 May 1980 |
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Genres||Pop, Electronic, Folk, Classical, Sufi|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, composer, actor, painter|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard|
|Labels||Universal Records, Coke Studio, Sony Music, Alif Records, Frank Finn, Fire Records|
Ali Mohammad Zafar (better known as Ali Zafar; 18 May 1980), is a Pakistani singer, songwriter, composer, actor and painter. He 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. Channo turned out to be a huge success topping many music charts and earnde him the Lux Style Award for Best Music Album.
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 Best Male Debut category (including Filmfare). The following year, Zafar made a special appearance in the romantic comedy Luv Ka The End and played the lead in the romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Zafar was widely praised for his performance and received further praise for portraying leading roles in the critically and commercially successful romanctic comedy London, Paris, New York (2012), the comedy Chashme Baddoor (2013) and the romantic comedy Total Siyapaa (2014).
Alongside his acting and singing career, Zafar participate in tours, concers and stage shows, is active in humanitarian work and has a number of endorsement deals. He was also voted as the "Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet" based on a worldwide poll by the British newspaper Eastern Eye in 2013.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Television
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Discography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life and career
2003-2009: Early life, career beginnings, albums and awards
Ali Zafar was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan in a Punjabi family. His parents Mohammad Zafarullah and Kanwal Ameen were professors at the University of Punjab, Pakistan. He received early education at C.A.A. Public School. He completed his graduation from the Government College of Lahore and the National College of Arts. Zafar started his career as a sketch artist at Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore and then began acting in television serials. Zafar made his debut as a musician in 2003 with the album Huqa Pani which was a success. The album sold over 600,000 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. making Zafar one of the most popular pop singers in Pakistan. It was also claimed that Himesh Reshammiya copied one of the track "Rangeen" from Zafar's album in his song "Dillagi Mein Jo".
Zafar joined Coke Studio (Pakistan) in 2008 and performed the songs "Allah Hu", "Yaar Dhadhi Ishq", "Nahin Ray Nahin" and "Daastan-e-Ishq", in season one and two.
Zafar released his second album "Masty" in November 2006. He has released four videos from the album, titled "Masty", "Sajania", "Dekha" and "Aasmaan". The music video of the single "Dekha", was the 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 Amina Haq. The song was also made part of the Hollywood film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which was released on 24 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. On 14 February 2011, Zafar released his third album "Jhoom" which won 2012 Lux Style Award for "Best Music Album". His fourth album is staked to release this year.
2010-present: Acting career, Bollywood and Coke Studio
Zafar started his acting career as a television actor. He acted in drama serials Kanch Ke Par and Kollege Jeans. He also offered a role in 2007 Khuda Kay Liye but was unable to sign due to some personal reasons. The role was then performed by Fawad Afzal Khan.
In 2010, He made his debut as a leading actor with the Bollywood film Tere Bin Laden which was directed by Abhishek Sharma. Tere Bin Laden released on 16 July 2010 and was a major success in India but was banned in Pakistan by the Pakistan film censor board. He then got nominated for 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 2011, he appeared in another Bollywood film Luv Ka The End in which he made special appearance as "Freddy Kapoor". Zafar also acted in the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) with Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. The film was released on 9 September 2011. Zafar starred in the film London, Paris, New York with Aditi Rao Hydari, directed by Anuradha Menon. Zafar 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 London, Paris, New York and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. In 2013, Zafar acted in a romantic adult-comedy film Chashme Baddoor, directed by David Dhawan. The film was released on April 5, 2013 and was declared a box office super hit.
Zafar then did another two films in 2014, Total Siyappa which was a romantic comedy film released on 7 March 2014 and Kill Dil which was released on 14 November 2014. He also released a single "Urain Ge" as tribute to victims of 2014 Peshawar school massacre in 2014. He joined Coke Studio Pakistan in 2015 after six years in the eight season where he performed three songs. The first song 'Rockstar' became popular worldwide. It received more than 2 million views on YouTube. The song was also appreciated by Imran Khan, Mahira Khan, Sonu Nigam, Hrithik Roshan and Adnan Sami through tweets and Facebook posts. Zafar then performed the second song "Ae Dil" with Sara Haider and the third song "Ajj Din Vehre Vich". As of late 2015, Zafar has various commitments. He has completed filming for Ahsan Rahim's untitled project, that will mark his debut in Pakistani cinema. He is also producing a film Deosai, which will be release in the end of 2016. In addition, he will made a cameo appearance in the sequel of his 2010 debut film Tere Bin Laden entitled Tere Bin Laden dead or alive.
In 2012, Zafar performed at Lux Style Awards with Humaima Malick and also paid tribute to musician Mehdi Hassan by singing his ghazal 'Mujhe Tum Nazar Say'.  He also performed at the Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2012 contest held at Bhavans Ground in Mumbai on March 30, 2012 and GiMA Awards 2012. In 2013 he performed along with Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Preity Zinta at Temptations Reloaded concert in Muscat in 2013.
Zafar also performed at Lifestyle Pakistan Expo where he walked the ramp for designer brand ChenOne and also performed with a dhol. Zafar was also invited to perform in 2013 Cannes Film Festival held at Cannes, France. In 2014 Ali Zafar performed in Naz Choudhury's Bollywood Showstoppers at The O2 Arena along with Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mika Singh and Shahid Kapoor
Zafar married his long-time fiancee Ayesha Fazli who is also distant relative of Indian actor Aamir Khan on 28 July 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan. On 6 March 2010, his first child was born. He named the baby boy Azaan Zafar. On 23 February 2015, Alyza Zafar, his second child was born in Lahore. The baby girl was named Alyza Zafar, suggested by Azaan Zafar.
|2000||Kanch Ke Par||Temur||PTV Home|
|2002||Landa Bazar||Ramis||PTV Home|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2010||Tere Bin Laden||Ali Hassan||Nominated—Filmfare Best Male Debut Award|
|2011||Luv Ka The End||Freddy Kapoor||Special appearance in song "Fun Fun Funaa"|
|2011||Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Luv Agnihotri|
|2012||London, Paris, New York||Nikhil Chopra|
|2013||Chashme Baddoor||Siddharth Kashyap|
|2014||Total Siyapaa||Aman Ali|
|2016||Tere Bin Laden 2||Ali Hassan||Special appearanc in song Six Pack Abs|
|21 November 2003||Huqa Pani|
|1 December 2006||Masty|
|14 February 2011||Jhoom|
|2003||Shararat||Jugnuon Se Bhar Le Aanchal||Wajahat Attray||Solo|
|2010||Tere Bin Laden||Bas Ek Soch
I Love Amreeka
Ullu Da Pattha
Welcome To Amreeka
|2011||Luv Ka The End||F.U.N Fun Funna||Ram Sampath||Solo|
|2011||Love Mein Ghum||Love Mein Ghum||Waqar Ali||Waqar Ali|
|2011||Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Madhubala||Sohail Sen||Shweta Pandit|
|2012||London, Paris, New York||London Paris New York
Voh Dekhnay Mein
Thehree Si Zindagi
|Ali Zafar||Sunidhi Chauhan
Aditi Rao Hydari
|2013||Chashme Baddoor||Early Morning (Remix)
Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom
Andha Ghoda Race Mein Dauda
|2014||Total Siyapaa||Total Siyapaa
Palat Meri Jaan
|2014||Kill Dil||Nakhriley||Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy||Shankar Mahadevan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Gulzar|
|2015||Hey Bro||DJ||Nitz 'N' Sony||Sunidhi Chauhan|
|2016||"Tere Bin Laden dead or alive"||Six Pack Abs||Ali Zafar||Solo|
Coke Studio (Pakistan)
|2008||Janay Na Koi|
|2008||Chal Dil Meray|
|2009||Nahin Ray Nahin|
|2015||Ae Dil Kissi Ke Yaad Mein|
|2015||Ajj Din Vehre Vich|
|Those For Truth|
|Ain't No Sunshine (Cover)|
|Rise For Jazba (Official Pakistan Cricket World Cup 2011 song)|
|Dunia Hai Dil Walon Ki (Pepsi World Cup 2011 song)|
|Zindagi Gulzar Hai|
|Facebook Pe Chalta Hai|
|Youn Challay Ke Ballay Ballay|
|Mobilink Har Dil Har Din|
|Pakistan Idol Anthem|
|Urain Ge (Tribute for APS students)|
|Hanstay Hanstay (Pakistan's Defense Day)|
|Ab Khel Ke Dikha (PSL's official anthem)|
|Chaka Chauka (Islamabad United's anthem)|
Awards and nominations
|Indus Music Awards|
|2004||Best Debut Artist||Huqa Pani||Won|
|2004||Best Album||Huqa Pani||Won|
|2005||Best Pop Artist||Huqa Pani||Won|
|Lux Style Awards|
|2004||Best Music Album||Huqa Pani||Won|
|2007||Best Music Album||Masty||Nominated|
|2007||Youth Icon Award||Won|
|Song of the Year||Jhoom||Nominated|
|2013||Best Original Soundtrack||Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Won|
|Asian Bollywood Music Awards|
|2005||Best Pop Music Album in Pakistan||Huqa Pani||Won|
|MTV Style Awards|
|2008||Best Male Artist||Masty||Won|
|2008||Most Stylish Artist||Won|
|2009||Best Male Singer||Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards|
|2011||Best Male Debut||Tere Bin Laden||Nominated|
|ARY Film Awards|
|2011||Best Male Debut||Tere Bin Laden||Nominated|
|International Indian Film Academy Awards(IIFA)|
|2011||Star Debut of the Year-Male||Tere Bin Laden||Nominated|
|Star Screen Awards|
|2011||Most Promising Newcomer-Male||Tere Bin Laden||Nominated|
|2011||Song of the Year||Jhoom||Won|
|2011||Personality of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||Superstar of Tomorrow-Male||Tere Bin Laden||Nominated|
|2012||Musical Sensations-Male||Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Nominated|
|2012||Superstar of Tomorrow-Male||Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Won|
|Dadasaheb Phalke Awards|
|2012||Best New Talent-Male||Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Won|
|Pakistan Media Awards|
|2012||Best Singer Male||Jhoom||Nominated|
|2012||Best Playback Singer||Love Mein Ghum||Nominated|
|2014||Best Drama Original Soundtrack||Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Nominated|
|2014||Best Singer Male||Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Nominated|
|2014||Best Orignal Soundtrack||Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Nominated|
|Karawood Film Festival|
|2015||Most Versatile Artist||Won|
Other awards and honours
- List of Bollywood films
- List of Indian playback singers
- Music of Pakistan
- History of Pakistani pop music
- List of Lollywood actors
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