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Ali Zafar
Ali Zafar at Indian Film Festival 2011.jpg
Zafar at the Indian Film Festival, 2011
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 2003–present
Spouse(s) Ayesha Fazli (m. 2009)
Relatives Kanwal Ameen (mother)
Musical career
Genres Pop, Electronic, Folk, Classical, Sufi
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Labels Universal Records, Coke Studio, Sony Music, Alif Records, Frank Finn, Fire Records

Ali Mohammad Zafar (Urdu: علی ظفر‎; 18 May 1980) is a Pakistani actor, singer-songwriter, musician and painter.[1] Zafar established a career in Hindi cinema and his success led many Pakistani actors to venture into Bollywood films. Through his successful attempts in Indian film industry, he has received five Lux Style Awards and a Filmfare Award nomination and has become one of the most famous Indo-Pak celebrity.[2][3]

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.[4] Channo turned out to be a huge success topping many music charts and earned him the Lux Style Award for Best Music Album.[5][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] 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 Best Actor nomination at several award ceremonies. Zafar received further praise for portraying leading roles in the critically and commercially successful films, the romantic comedy London, Paris, New York (2012) and the comedy Chashme Baddoor (2013).[2][8][9]

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. Zafar 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][10][11][12]

Life and career[edit]

2003-2009: Early life and success[edit]

Zafar at the premiere of Tere Bin Laden

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.

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.[14] 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.[15][16]

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

Zafar released his second album "Masty" in November 2006. He has released four videos from the album, titled "Masty", "Sajania", "Dekha" and "Aasmaan".[2][9] 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".[17][18] His fourth album is staked to release this year.

2010-present: Acting career, Bollywood and Coke Studio[edit]

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

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.[19] 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 on 16 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 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.[20] 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.[21][22] 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.[23] 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.[24] He also released a single "Urain Ge" as tribute to victims of 2014 Peshawar school massacre in 2014.[25][26] 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". In 2016, Zafar performed an item number "Six Pack Abs" in the sequel of his 2010 film Tere Bin Laden, entitled Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive.

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 has also signed Gauri Shinde's untitled project.[27]


Ali Zafar in his concert entitled Dil Jhoom Jhoom on 2014's Valentine,

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'.[28] [29][30] 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.[31] 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[32]

Personal life[edit]

Zafar married his long-time fiancee Ayesha Fazli who is also distant relative of Indian actor Aamir Khan[33][34][35] on 28 July 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan. On 6 March 2010, his first child was born. He named the baby boy Azaan Zafar.[36] On 23 February 2015, Alyza Zafar, his second child was born in Lahore. The baby girl was named Alyza Zafar, suggested by Azaan Zafar.[37]


Year Serial Role Channel
1999 Kollege Jeans[38] Ali PTV Home
2000 Kanch Ke Par Temur PTV Home
2002 Landa Bazar Ramis PTV Home


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
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
2014 Kill Dil Tutu
2016 Tere Bin Laden 2 Ali Hassan Special appearance in song "Six Pack Abs"
2016 Dear Zindagi Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming[39]
2017 Deosai Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming[40]



Release Date Album
21 November 2003 Huqa Pani
1 December 2006 Masty
14 February 2011 Jhoom

Film soundtrack[edit]

Year Film Song Music Director(s) Co-Singer(s)
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
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Solo
Akriti Kakkar
Shankar Mahadevan
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
Ting Rang
Thehree Si Zindagi
Ali Zafar Sunidhi Chauhan
Aditi Rao Hydari
2013 Chashme Baddoor Early Morning (Remix)
Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom
Andha Ghoda Race Mein Dauda
Sajid-Wajid Solo
Shreya Ghoshal
2014 Total Siyapaa Total Siyapaa
Palat Meri Jaan
Nahi Maloom
Chal Buleya
Ali Zafar Solo
Fariha Pervez
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)[edit]

Year Song
2008 Allah Hu
2008 Janay Na Koi
2008 Chal Dil Meray
2008 Channo
2008 Rangeen
2009 Yaar Daddi
2009 Nahin Ray Nahin
2015 Sohni Dharti
2015 Rockstar
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
Burka Avenger
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[edit]

Year Category Title Result
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
2012 Best Album Jhoom Won
Song of the Year Jhoom Nominated
2013 Best Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai Won
2016 Song of the Year Rockstar 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
2014 International Icon Won
Filmfare 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
Style Awards
2011 Song of the Year Jhoom Won
2011 Personality of the Year Nominated
Stardust Awards
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[41] 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
Hum Awards
2014 Best Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai Nominated
Karawood Film Festival
2015 Most Versatile Artist Won

Other awards and honours[edit]

  • Sexiest Asian Man On The Planet (Eastern Eye - 2013)[42][43]

See also[edit]


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  35. ^ "Account Suspended". 
  36. ^ "Ali Zafar is now a father!". 9 March 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  37. ^ "Ali Zafar names newly-born daughter Alyza". The Indian Express. 2 March 2015. 
  38. ^ Anwer, Zoya (31 May 2015). "6 Pakistani comedy shows that need to make a comeback". Dawn. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  39. ^ Maliha Rehman. "Ali Zafar: Balancing act". 
  40. ^ "Ali Zafar's fans to participate in Pak's biggest flashmob". Daily Times. 
  41. ^ "Pakistanmedia awards". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  42. ^ "Ali Zafar beats Hrithik Roshan to become the sexiest Asian man on the planet". 
  43. ^ "Did you know? Ali Zafar first Pakistani to be named Hottest Asian Man". The Express Tribune. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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