Ali at Grace Grey Goose India's Fly Beyond Awards, 2014
|Native name||علی محمد ظفر|
18 May 1980 |
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Alma mater||National College of Arts|
|Occupation||Actor, singer-songwriter, musician|
|Spouse(s)||Ayesha Fazli (m. 2009)|
|Parent(s)||Mohammad Zafarullah (father)
Kanwal Ameen (mother)
Ali Mohammad Zafar is a Pakistani actor, singer-songwriter, and musician. Zafar established a career in Hindi cinema and his success led many Pakistani actors to venture into Bollywood films. He has received five Lux Style Awards and a Filmfare Award nomination.
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. Channo turned out to be a huge success topping many music charts and earned 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 the 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 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). He also starred lead role in Total Siyapaa, and supporting role in Kill Dil (2014).
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.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Life and career
2003–2009: Early life and success
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. 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, making Zafar one of the most popular pop singers in Pakistan. He has released three videos from the album, titled "Channo", "Huqa Pani" and "Rangeen". 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. From this album, he has released four videos, titled "Masty", "Sajania", "Dekha" and "Aasmaan". The music video of the single "Dekha", was 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 Aaminah 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".
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 was 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 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", and sung a song "F.U.N. Fun Funna". 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. The following year, he was also featured in a music video from Burka Avenger, singing his famous song Channo. 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 hosted "1st Star Box Office India Awards Ceremony" along with Ayushmann Khurrana, where they also gave tribute to Raj Kapoor. The same year, Zafar also gave tribute to Amitabh Bachchan by singing medley of some of his hit songs.
Zafar released a single "Urain Ge" as tribute to victims of 2014 Peshawar school massacre in early 2015. 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, and was also appreciated by Imran Khan, Mahira Khan, Sonu Nigam, Hrithik Roshan and Adnan Sami through tweets and Facebook posts, and then it was also awarded as the "Song of the Year". Zafar then gave tribute to Saleem Razaby performing second song "Ae Dil" along with Sara Haider. The third song he perormed was "Ajj Din Vehre Vich"
Zafar also performed an item number "Six Pack Abs" in the sequel of his 2010 film Tere Bin Laden, entitled Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive (2016). He then also performed two songs for Pakistan Super League; first one was the anthem of the League, and other was the anthem of franchise of Islamabad. Zafar then also hosted the ceremony of 15th Lux Style Awards, where he also gave tribute to Amjad Sabri. The same year, he collaborated with Atif Aslam and their music video "Yaarian" released on the occasion of Defence Day.
As of late 2015, Zafar has various commitments. He has a role in Gauri Shinde's upcoming Dear Zindagi, and he has also signed Ahsan Rahim's untitled action comedy, that will mark his debut in Pakistani cinema. In addition, he will also be producing a Pakistani film Deosai.
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, his second child was born in Lahore. The baby girl was named Alyza Zafar, suggested by Azaan Zafar.
|1999||Kollege Jeans||Ali Zafar||PTV Home|
|2000||Kanch Ke Par||Temur||PTV Home|
|2002||Landa Bazar||Ramis||PTV Home|
|2014||1st Star Box Office India Awards||Himself (Host)||Star Plus|
|2016||15th Lux Style Awards||Himself (Host)||Geo TV|
|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 "F.U.N. Fun Funaa"|
|Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Luv Agnihotri|
|2012||London, Paris, New York||Nikhil Chopra|
|2013||Chashme Baddoor||Siddharth Kashyap a.k.a. Sid|
|2014||Total Siyapaa||Aman Ali|
|2016||Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive||Ali Hassan a.k.a. Ali Zafar||Special appearance in song "Six Pack Abs"|
|TBA||Ahsan Rahim's Next||TBA||will begin soon|
|21 November 2003||Huqa Pani|
|1 December 2006||Masty|
|14 February 2011||Jhoom|
|2003||Shararat||Jugnuon Se Bhar Le Aanchal||Wajahat Attray||Shabnam Majid||The Solo version of Zafar was added in his album Haqa Pani|
|2010||Tere Bin Laden||Bas Ek Soch||Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy||Solo||*|
|I Love Amreeka||Akriti Kakkar|
|Ullu Da Pattha||Shankar Mahadevan|
|Welcome To Amreeka||Solo|
|Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps||Dekha||Ali Zafar||Solo||A part of it from his album Masty was featured in the movie|
|2011||Luv Ka The End||F.U.N. Fun Funna||Ram Sampath||Solo|
|Love Mein Ghum||Love Mein Ghum||Waqar Ali||Waqar Ali|
|Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Madhubala||Sohail Sen||Sreerama Chandra Mynampati|
|2012||London, Paris, New York||London Paris New York||Ali Zafar||Sunidhi Chauhan|
|Voh Dekhnay Mein||Solo||**|
|Thehree Si Zindagi||Aditi Rao Hydari|
|Oo Lala||Sanam Marvi||*|
|Voh Dekhnay Mein (Female Acoustic Version||Aditi Rao Hydari||The song was the Solo version of Hydari|
|2013||Chashme Baddoor||Early Morning (Remix)||Sajid–Wajid||Solo||*|
|Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom||Shreya Ghoshal|
|Andha Ghoda Race Mein Dauda||Wajid|
|2014||Total Siyapaa||Total Siyapaa||Ali Zafar||Solo|
|Palat Meri Jaan|
|Nahi Maloom||Fariha Pervez|
|Kill Dil||Nakhriley||Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy||Shankar Mahadevan|
|2015||Hey Bro||DJ||Nitz 'N' Sony||Sunidhi Chauhan|
|2016||Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive||Six Pack Abs||Ali Zafar||Solo||**|
*The song was only added in movie album, not featured in the movie
**Complete song was only added in movie album, a part of it was featured in the movie
|2008||Season 1||Allah Hu||Tufail Ahmed||*|
|Janay Na Koi||Remix from his album Masty|
|Chal Dil Meray||Remix from his album Haqa Pani|
|2009||Season 2||Yar Daddi||The final performance of Dastaan-e-Ishq could not have completed, so the rehearsal version was released. Later, completed in album.*|
|Nahin Ray Nahin|
|2015||Season 8||Sohni Dharti||Season's all Stars|
|Rockstar||Song of the Year Winner|
|Ae Dil||Sara Haider||Tribute to Saleem Raza|
|Ajj Din Vehre Vich|
*Also added in Zafar's album Jhoom
|2007||Those For Truth|
|2010||Ain't No Sunshine||Cover|
|2011||Rise For Jazba||Official Pakistan Cricket World Cup 2011 song|
|Dunia Hai Dil Walon Ki||Pepsi World Cup 2011 song|
|Are You Lonesome Tonight?||Tribute to Elvis Presley|
|Dil Aaj Shayar||Tribute to Dev Anand|
|2012||Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Title song for Hum TV drama serial Zindagi Gulzar Hai|
|Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Remix|
|Mujhe Tum Nazar Se||Tribute to Mehdi Hassan|
|2013||Channo||Burka Avenger special|
|Awaaz Mein Teri||Pakistan Idol Anthem|
|2014||Medley||Live-medley of Amitabh Bachchan's songs in grand finale of Kaun Banega Crorepati|
|Medley||Live-medley of Raj Kapoor's songs in 1st Star Box Office Awards, co-singer Ayushmann Khurrana|
|2015||Urain Ge||Tribute for APS students|
|Hanstay Hanstay||Pakistan's Defence Day special|
|Ab Khel Ke Dikha||PSL's official anthem|
|Ab Khel Ke Dikha||Remix|
|Chaka Chauka||Islamabad United's anthem|
|Angel||Rendition of Taher Shah's song|
|Jo Dil Se Bara Hai||LSA Special|
|Mere Maula||Tribute to Amjad Sabri, co-singer Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch|
|Yariyaan||Pakistan's Defence Day special, co-singer Atif Aslam|
|Jaane Woh Kaise Log The||Rendition of Hemant Kumar's song|
|Telenor Tawkshawk||Telenor TVC song|
|Tarang hi Tarang hai||Tarang Tea TVC|
|Jazz Ke Saath||Mobilink TVC Song|
|Facebook Pe Chalta Hai||Mobilink TVC|
|Youn Challay Ke Ballay Ballay||Mobilink Internet|
|Har Dil, Har Din||Mobilink Tune|
|Dil Maange Duniya Abhi||Pepsi Pakistan song, co-singer Ali Azmat, 2013|
|Youn Uray Ke Ballay Ballay||Mobilink 3G Internet|
|Lipta Dance||Lipton Song|
|Barhna Hai Agay||JS Bank Song|
|Sprite se Bharkao||Sprite soft drink|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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 Award|
|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 Original 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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