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Mikaal Zulfiqar
Pakistani actor and Model Mikaal Zulfiqar.png
Born Mian Muhammad Mikaal Patras Aziz Zulfiqar
September 05, 1981 (age 36–37)
London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Sara Bhatti (m. 2010–2017)

Mikaal Zulfiqar (born September 5, 1981) is a Pakistani actor and former model.[1] He has appeared in a number of Pakistani television series.[2] He has also acted in a few Indian films and is currently active in Pakistani films. He is one of the highest paid Pakistani actors.[3] In 2015, he won the Best Actor (Popular) Award at Hum TV Awards due to his performance in television series Mohabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai.[4]

Born in London, he moved to Pakistan and initially began his career as a model in early 2000s, and caught attention of the team of Abrar-ul-Haq who cast him in the singer’s music video for Sanu Tere Naal Pyar Ho Gya.[5] He made his film debut in 2007 with Bollywood crime thriller film Godfather, followed by starring roles in Shoot on Sight (2008), U R My Jaan (2011) and Baby (2015).[6][7] He also started his film career in Pakistan with critically acclaimed film Cake (2018), and is set to appear in upcoming productions Na Band Na Baraati, The Trial and Sherdil.

He entered the Pakistani television industry with drama series Saiqa. The hit series Pani Jaisa Piyar stabilize his position in television medium, and he went on to appear in a number of big-budget dramas, with most notable of them include Shehr-e-Zaat (2012), Saat Pardon Mein (2012), Mirat-ul-Uroos (2012–2013), Mohabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai (2013–2014), Diyar-e-Dil (2015), Sang-e-Mar Mar (2016–2017), and Alif Allah Aur Insaan (2017–2018).

Early life[edit]

Zulfiqar was born on September 5, 1981 in London, United Kingdom and has six siblings.[8][9] After spending his early years in London, he moved to Pakistan and attended the Lahore Lyceum school in Lahore.[10] Additionally, he also began his career as a model and started modelling for commercials and videos which were relevant to acting.[11]

Career[edit]

After several advertising campaigns, Zulfiqar appeared in Sanu Tere Naal Pyar Ho Gya, a song from Bay Ja Cycle Tay music album by Abrar-ul-Haq.

Zulfiqar is known for his appearance in comedy commercials for Ufone. He has also performed in Bollywood films; crime thriller film Godfather in 2007, the drama film Shoot on Sight in 2008, the musical-romantic U R My Jaan in 2011, and the spy thriller Baby in 2015.[12] However, in a recent statement, he has clarified that he never wanted to work in Bollywood.[13]

After having a successful career in modelling, Zulfiqar stepped into the television industry. Some of his early screenwork includes Saiqa, Kaisay Kahoon, Pani Jaisa Piyar, and Jal Pari, among others.

He won Best Actor title in Hum TV Awards held in Dubai in April, 2015, for his role in the drama serial Mohabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai.[14] He also acted in popular show Shehr-e-Zaat opposite Mahira Khan.

He has performed in many dramas opposite actress Saba Qamar as protagonist, including Pani Jaisa Piyar, Sangat, and Mein Sitara.

In 2015, he played the role of Behroz Bakhtiyar Khan in romantic drama Diyar-e-Dil. Dawn.com praised Zulfiqar's performance and wrote ''Meekal has finally chosen a role with depth as Behroz after a series of pot boilers. He looks amazing and reminds viewers again that he is the talented actor who could play the devil-may-care Shamraiz from Kuch Pyar ka Pagalpan or the self-absorbed, brooding Salman Ansar from Sheher-e-Zaat.''[15] Diyar-e-Dil was also well received by viewers.

In 2017, he was highly appreciated for his performance in spiritual television series Alif Allah Aur Insaan. The series became one of the most-watched shows of 2017.[16]

In March 2018, he made a special appearance in film Cake, co-starring Aamina Sheikh, Adnan Malik and Sanam Saeed. The film was highly lauded by critics.[17][18]

His next film Na Band Na Baraati was released in June 2018.[19] He said in an interview that doing that film was his way to support foreign investment in local cinema.[20]

He will be seen in upcoming Pakistani war film Sherdil opposite Armeena Khan.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Mikaal's full birth name is Mian Muhammad Mikaal Patras Aziz Zulfiqar.

His father is a retired Pakistani diplomat and his mother is British. His parents separated when Zulfiqar was 17 years old. He has two older sisters, one of whom lives in Australia and a younger brother, Jamal Andreas Zulfiqar, who is a prominent theatre actor in London.

Mikaal's first relationship was with Pakistani film actress Zara Sheikh. He said they eventually separated because ″they came from two different worlds.″[citation needed] Zulfiqar got engaged to model Sara Bhatti in 2010. They got married in 2012 and have two daughters.

In March 2017, Zulfiqar announced on his Facebook page that he and Bhatti had officially divorced.[22]

Notoriety[edit]

Mikaal is listed among the ″top 10 most beautiful men of Pakistan″.[23][24] In 2017, he was one of the highest-paid television actors in the country.[25]

In 2017, he was one of the most demanded actors of Pakistani films and was offered a number of films. He signed five films that year, including Na Band Na Baraati, The Trial, Ae Dil Meray Chal Rey, Qaid, and Cake.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Refs
2007 Godfather Abdullah
Shoot on Sight [27]
2011 U R My Jaan Akash
2013 Abhi Tau Main Jawan Hun
2015 Baby Ashfaq
2017 The Trial TBA [28][29]
2018 Cake Cameo [30]
Na Band Na Baraati TBA
2019 Sherdil TBA [31][32]
TBA Qaid TBA
TBA Ae Dil Meray Chal Rey TBA [33]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Saiqa Tahir
2010 Dil Hai Chota Sa
Kaisay Kahoon Zidaan
2011 Pani Jaisa Piyar Adarsh
Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan Shimraiz
Jal Pari
2012 Shehr-e-Zaat Salman
Talafi Ammad
Man jali Tamoor
Saat Pardon Mein Ehsan Muraad
Adha Din Aur Puri Raat Ali
Durr-e-Shehwar Mansoor (young)
New York Se New Karachi Rony
2013 Mirat Ul Uroos Hammad
Kyun Hai Tu Ali
Mujhe Khuda Pe Yaqeen Hai Shaiq
Ek Kasak Reh Gayi Sehriyar
Mohabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai Nabeel
2014 Izteraab Jazib
Laa Daniyal Malik
Tum Mere Hi Rehna Numair
2015 Diyar-e-Dil Behroz Khan
Bedar O Dewar
Mere Armaan
Sangat Adnan
Maan Imaan
Tum Mere Kya Ho Ahmar
2016 Intezaar Shariq
Mein Sitara Farhad Sethi
Sang-e-Mar Mar Aurang
Mann Pyasa Arib
2017 Alif Allah Aur Insaan[34] Shahzeb
2018 De Ijazat Shavaiz
Aakhri Station Faris
Khasara Mohtasim

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Role Result
2012 Shehr-e-Zaat Hum Award for Best Actor Salman Ansar Nominated
2015 Muhabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai Hum Award for Best Actor Nabeel Won
2016 Diyar-e-Dil Behroze Bakhtiyar Khan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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