Arif Zakaria at I am the Best Premiere
11 November 1966
Mumbai, maharashtra, India
Zakaria began acting in theater which in college and later moved to television and film.he has acted in numerous television serials since the last decade including 'chunauti, Karambhoomi, mrityudand, Dhund, aarzoo, campus etc. . has acted in diverse roles in films like darmiyaan, hero, Asambhav, dance like a man (English),he has travelled the globe since 2005 with the Australian musical show 'MERCHANTS OF BOLLYWOOD'performing all the major roles in the production across Europe, china, France, Poland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia. the last season being sydney in 2010. He portrayed Rustom Sethna in Deepa Mehta's Earth/1947 and Major Dhillon in Shyam Benegal's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero. He also appeared in Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Deewaar, and the television series, Chunauti. He appeared in the Shah Rukh Khan film, My Name is Khan.
Arif Zakaria also plays in the show The Merchants of Bollywood.Now he is doing a show in starplus Kaali- Ek Agnipariksha as virender,Rachna's father.
In 2011, he played the ghost that haunts the female protagonist in "Vikram Bhatt"'s "Haunted (2011 film)" & was appreciated for the ghastly portrayal of a piano teacher falling in love with his young student who gets murdered while making advances towards her and rapes her as a ghost which forces her to commit suicide in the movie. He played the role of a police officer in the Sunny Leone starrer movie Jism 2 He also appeared in Krrish 3 as Dr. Varun Shetty and in the film Lootera. His forthcoming releases are 'Dee Saturday Night' (21 February 2014), 'Darr at the mall' feb 2014, Blue Mountain (2014) and 'Nanak Sha Fakir' releasing in April 2015. he is also acting in the play 'Gardish mein Taare' directed by Saif Hyder hasan, which is based on the life of Guru Dutt. he has just completed an interesting role in the forthcoming film 'Ishq Forever' produced by Shabbir Boxwalla and directed by debutant director Sameer Sippy. This film just finished a schedule in Capetown, South Africa (April–May 2015) Arif zakariya has played his lifetime memorable role as Bhai Mardana in2015 movie " Nanak shah Fakir". His portrayal as Guru Nanak Devji's lifetime companion Mardana has impressed millions.
- Srirekha, N. C. (26 June 1997) A eunuch opportunity. Rediff.com. Retrieved on 26 October 2013.
- Arif Raises A Toast. Financialexpress.com (2 February 2003). Retrieved on 26 October 2013.
- Poetic perspectives. Hindu.com (26 April 2008). Retrieved on 26 October 2013.
- I like films more: Arif Zakaria. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (22 April 2008). Retrieved on 26 October 2013.
- Jha, Subhash K. (25 April 2009) KJo denied permission to shoot in LA mosque. Mid-day.com. Retrieved on 26 October 2013.
- Dee Saturday Night