Asif Ali (actor)

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Asif Ali
Asif Ali Malayalam Actor.jpg
Ali in 2019
Born4 February 1986 (1986-02-04) (age 35) [1]
Alma materMarian College, Kuttikkanam, Idukki, Kerala
OccupationFilm actor
Film producer
Years active2009–present
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Spouse(s)Zama Mazreen
ChildrenAdam Ali
Haya Mazreen Ali
  • M.P. Shoukath Ali (father)
  • Molly Ali (mother)
RelativesAskar Ali

Asif Ali is an Indian actor and producer, who predominantly works in the Mollywood film industry.[2] He started his film career with Shyamaprasad's 2009 film Ritu, which was highly appreciated by the critics.[3] As of July 2021, he has acted in more than 70 films.

During the subsequent years Asif went on to act in critically and commercially successful films including the romantic thriller Apoorvaragam, the road thriller film Traffic, the romantic comedy film Salt N' Pepper and the period drama movie Ozhimuri, which got an official selection in the Indian Panorama section of the 43rd International Film Festival of India.[4] His 2013 film Honey Bee was one of the major hits in that year and his 2015 film Nirnayakam won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.[5][6] He followed the success by starring in the 2016 romantic movie Anuraga Karikkin Vellam, the 2017 movie Sunday Holiday, the campus thriller Btech (2018) and Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019), which produced a hat-trick of hits for him with Jis Joy. He starred in and made his debut as a producer in the 2015 film Kohinoor under his production company Adam's World of Imagination, which went on to be a success. Later he produced the 2016 film Kavi Uddeshichath and distributed various films including Vimaanam and Iblis.[7]

Early life and family[edit]

Asif Ali was born in Karikode, Thodupuzha, Idukki, India at 4 February 1985 to a Muslim family. He obtained graduation degree from the Marian College, Kuttikkanam in Business Administration. While studying Ali modelled for ads and worked as a video jockey.

Acting career[edit]

He was selected by Shyamaprasad to play one of the lead roles in his film Ritu and received positive reviews from critics and audiences.[8] He was then approached by Sathyan Anthikkad to play an important role in his film Kadha Thudarunnu.[9] His third film was Apoorvaragam, directed by Sibi Malayil.

Since then, he had acted in the films Best of Luck and Traffic. His next film was Ithu Nammude Katha written and directed by Rajesh Kannankara.[10][11] In 2011 Ali signed to appear in Aashiq Abu's second movie Salt N' Pepper in which he played the role of Manu Raghav, a carefree youngster character who often puts himself into awkward situations trying to be over friendly.[12]

He played cameo roles in Doctor Love, Indian Rupee, Mallu Singh and Ustad Hotel. In 2013 he appeared In Jean Paul Lal's directorial debut, Honey Bee where he played the role of Sebastian[13] which he followed with debutant Jis Joy's Bicycle Thieves.[14] Ali sang four lines of the song "Aayiram Kannumaai", which was originally featured in Fazil's Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu.His next releases were Pakida, Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal and Hi I'm Tony. He played the role of Shabab in Sapthamashree Thaskaraha and had a cameo role in Vellimoonga.[15]

In 2015 he appeared In Nirnayakam, Kohinoor and Rajamma @ Yahoo.[16] His movie Anuraga Karikkin Vellam went on to become one of the Superhit of 2016.[17] He reunited with Jean Paul Lal for Honey Bee 2. Sequel of 2013 Box office success Honey Bee.[18] Then he appeared in Mahesh Naryanan's Take Off. The film was shot in various parts of Dubai and released to widespread critical acclaim.[19] In 2018, his major releases were B Tech, Iblis and Mandharam. B Tech became a financial success, running for 100 days in Kerala.[20]

He started the year 2019 with Vijay Superum Pournamiyum, which became a successful venture at box office. He played a critical role in the movie Uyare, which had Parvathy and Tovino Thomas playing other characters. He played another critical role in the film Virus, based on a true story that occurred in Calicut.[21] He later acted in Nissam Basheer's directorial debut Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha, which was a box office success and gained critical acclaim. Director Lal Jose appraised it to be his career's best.


As an actor[edit]

Years Film Role Notes Ref
2009 Ritu Sunny Immatty Debut movie [22]
2010 Kadha Thudarunnu Shanavas Ahammad [23]
Apoorvaragam Tomy
Best of Luck Manu
2011 Traffic Rajeev [24]
Ithu Nammude Katha Vinod/Appu [25]
Violin Aby
Salt N' Pepper Manu Raghav
Sevenes Sooraj
Doctor Love Narrator Cameo appearance
Indian Rupee Land Broker Cameo appearance
2012 Asuravithu Don Bosco [26]
Unnam Aloshy
Ordinary Bhadran
Mallu Singh Harinder Singh Cameo appearance
Bachelor Party Tony
Ustad Hotel Himself Cameo appearance
Ozhimuri Sharath
Husbands in Goa Arjun
Jawan of Vellimala Koshi Oommen
916 Prasanth
Idiots Messi
Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu Himself Cameo appearance
I Love Me Prem
2013 Cowboy Vinay
Kili Poyi Chacko
Red wine Ramesh
Honey Bee Sebastian/Seban
D Company Chinnan Segment: "Oru Bolivian Diary 1995" [27]
Bicycle Thieves Kunchakko/Chacko
2014 Pakida Aadhi [28]
Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal Alex [29]
Hi I'm Tony Sameer [30]
Apothecary Prathapan [31]
Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Shabab [15]
Vellimoonga Josootty/Charlie Cameo appearance [32]
Mylanchi Monchulla Veedu Anwar [33]
2015 You Too Brutus Abhi [34]
Nirnayakam Ajay Siddharth [35]
Double Barrel He Cameo appearance [36]
Kohinoor Louis [37]
Amar Akbar Antony Faizal Cameo appearance [38]
Rajamma at Yahoo Vishnu Yohannan/Yahoo [39]
2016 Ithu Thaanda Police Ramakrishnan [40]
Anuraga Karikkin Vellam Abhilash [41]
Kavi Uddheshichath Kavalam Jimmy [42]
2017 Honey Bee 2 Sebastian [43]
Take Off Faizal Cameo appearance [44]
Adventures of Omanakkuttan Omanakuttan [45]
Avarude Raavukal Aashik Abu/ Aashik Pattavayal 50th film [46]
Sunday Holiday Amal [47]
Thrissivaperoor Kliptham Girija Vallabhan [48]
Honey Bee 2.5 Himself Cameo appearance [49]
Kaattu Nuhukkannu [50]
2018 B Tech Anand Subrahmaniam [51]
Iblis Vaishakan
Mandharam Rajesh [52]
2019 Vijay Superum Pournamiyum Vijay [53]
Mera Naam Shaji Shaji George [54]
Uyare Govind Balakrishnan [55]
Virus Vishnu Bhaskaran [56]
Unda S.I. Rajan Cameo Appearance
Kakshi: Amminippilla Adv. Pradeepan Manjodi [57]
Under World Stalin John [58]
Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha Sleevachan
2021 Mohan Kumar Fans Himself Cameo appearance
Aanum Pennum Kuttikrishnan Anthology Movie
Segment 'Rachiyamma'
Kunjeldho Kunjeldho Upcoming
Kothth Filmimg
Kuttavum Shikshayum C.I. Sajan Philip Post production [60]
Untitled Jis Joy Movie Filmimg
Ellaam Shariyaakum Completed
A Ranjith Cinema Ranjith Pre production
Maheshum Maruthiyum Mahesh Pre Production
Mahaveeryar Post production

As producer[edit]

Asif Ali started a production company, Adams World of imagination, along with Sajin Jaffer. Adams world has produced films including Kohinoor and Kavi Uddheshichathu..?

Year Film Director Notes
2015 Kohinoor Vinay Govind
2016 Kavi Uddheshichathu..? Liju Thomas
2017 Honey Bee 2 Jean Paul Lal Distribution only
2017 Vimaanam Pradeem M.Nair Distribution only
2018 Iblis Rohith Vs Distribution only

As playback singer[edit]

Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Ref
2010 Asianet Film Awards Best Villain Apoorvaragam Won [61]
2011 Best Star Pair Salt N' Pepper [62]


2016 Best Star Pair Anuraga Karikkin Vellam
2019 Performer of the year various roles
2015 Film Critics Awards Special Jury for Best Actor Nirnayakam
2017 Vanitha Film Awards Best pair Anuraga Karikkin Vellam
2018 Sunday Holiday
2020 Popular actor Various films
2017 Asianet Comedy Awards Entertainer of the Year Sunday Holiday
2018 Toronto international South Asian film awards Special jury award Kaattu
2018 Red FM Malayalam music awards Golden Star Various films
2019 Performer Of The Year Various Films
2019 Mazhavil Entertainment Awards Best Star Pair Vijay Superum Pournamiyum
2020 Ramu Karyat award Best Villain Uyare


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