Ali Zafar is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, model, actor, producer, screenwriter and painter.
62 Facts About Ali Zafar
Ali Zafar started out on Pakistani television before becoming a popular musician, later established a career in Bollywood and his success led many Pakistani actors to venture into Hindi films.
Ali Zafar has received five Lux Style Awards and a Filmfare Award nomination.
Ali Zafar made his acting debut with a leading role in the 2010 Bollywood satire film Tere Bin Laden, a moderate box office success.
Ali Zafar then worked in several films, including Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Chashme Baddoor, and Dear Zindagi.
Alongside his acting and singing career, Ali Zafar participates in tours, concerts and stage shows, is active in humanitarian work and has a number of endorsement deals.
In 2013, Ali Zafar was voted as the "Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet", based on a worldwide poll by the British newspaper Eastern Eye.
On 23 March 2021, Ali Zafar was awarded the highest literary award, Pride of Performance, for his meritorious contribution and achievements in the field of arts and music.
Ali Zafar received the award from President of Pakistan Arif Alvi at ceremony at the President House, Islamabad.
Ali Zafar was born on 18 May 1980 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to a Punjabi family.
Ali Zafar has two brothers, Zain and Danyal; the latter of these is a commercial model who aimed to launch a career as a singer and actor soon.
Ali Zafar graduated from the Government College of Lahore and the National College of Arts.
Ali Zafar started his career as a sketch artist at Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore and then began acting in television serials.
Ali Zafar debuted as a television actor by acting in drama serials Kollege Jeans, Kanch Ke Par and Landa Bazar.
Ali Zafar sang "Jugnuon Se Bhar De Aanchal" for the 2003 film Shararat.
Ali Zafar is currently the fourth Pakistani artist after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Strings and Atif Aslam to have songs featured in Hollywood films.
Ali Zafar won the "Youth Icon" award in the Lux Style Awards 2007, in Malaysia.
Ali Zafar was offered a role for 2007 film Khuda Kay Liye, but was unable to sign due to some personal reasons.
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.
Ali Zafar was named as the first Pakistani to be called to Indian Film Festival at Australia in March 2011 for his movie screening.
In February 2011, Ali Zafar released his third album Jhoom, which won the 2012 Lux Style Award for "Best Music Album".
Ali Zafar acted alongside Tara D'Souza in the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, starring Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, and it was released in September 2011.
In March 2012, Ali Zafar starred in the film London, Paris, New York with Aditi Rao Hydari.
Ali Zafar performed the soundtrack for the Pakistani drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai, which won many awards.
Ali Zafar starred in the romantic comedy film Chashme Baddoor, directed by David Dhawan.
Ali Zafar then starred in and composed the soundtrack for the film Total Siyappa, which was a romantic comedy film released in March 2014.
Ali Zafar released a single "Urain Ge" as tribute to victims of APS Peshawar attack in early 2015, featuring many Pakistani artists.
Ali Zafar's voice was featured in the song "DJ", which was sung by Sunidhi Chauhan for the film Hey Bro.
Ali Zafar then sang a song for Defence Day, "Hanstay Hanstay".
Ali Zafar then appeared in Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi as a musician alongside the star cast Alia Bhatt.
In 2018, Zafar starred in Ahsan Rahim's directorial debut romantic action-comedy film Teefa in Trouble, alongside Maya Ali, which is debut of both the actors in Lollywood, and the debut of Zafar's Lightingale Productions.
Ali Zafar is working on his fourth music album, and he will be producing another Pakistani film based in Deosai National Park.
Ali Zafar then sang live the songs in 5th Lux Style Awards in 2006 and 6th Lux Style Awards in 2007, and then performed a stage dance with Reema Khan in the 2007 ceremony.
Ali Zafar had performed in Mela Festival at Oslo, Norway in 2008.
In 2012, Zafar performed at 11th Lux Style Awards with Humaima Malick and paid tribute to musician Mehdi Hassan by singing his ghazal "Mujhe Tum Nazar Sai".
Ali Zafar performed at the Pantaloons Femina Miss India contest held at Bhavans Ground in Mumbai on 30 March 2012.
Ali Zafar had performed at 57th Filmfare Awards, but his performance was cut out in the TV release.
Ali Zafar then performed in the Lifestyle Pakistan Expo at Karachi Expo Centre, where he walked the ramp for designer brand ChenOne and performed with a dhol.
Ali Zafar was invited to perform in 2013 Cannes Film Festival held at Cannes, France.
Ali Zafar then performed in Naz Choudhury's Bollywood Showstoppers at The O2 Arena along with Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mika Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
Ali Zafar then hosted the first Star Box Office India Awards Ceremony along with Ayushmann Khurrana, where they gave a musical tribute to Raj Kapoor.
Ali Zafar re-joined Coke Studio Pakistan in 2015 for the eight season where he performed three songs.
Ali Zafar then gave tribute to Saleem Raza by performing a second song "Ae Dil" along with Sara Haider.
At the logo-launch-event of Pakistan Super League on 20 September 2015, Ali Zafar released and performed on the league anthem "Ab Khel Ke Dikha".
Ali Zafar performed in the launch event of the team Islamabad United on 30 January 2016, where he released team anthem "Chakka Choka".
Ali Zafar then performed in the opening ceremony of 2016 PSL on 4 February.
Ali Zafar performed about 50 concerts across Pakistan within two months in early 2016.
Ali Zafar performed a dancing act on the remix of his Coke Studio hit "Rockstar" in the ceremony of 14th Lux Style Awards, after when he was given musical tribute by Jimmy Khan, Uzair Jaswal, Sara Haider and Farhan Saeed separately, in 2015.
Ali Zafar then gave a musical tribute there, co-singing with Ali Sethi and Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch, to Amjad Sabri who was assassinated in Karachi on 22 June 2016.
Ali Zafar performed on the stage of 1st Hum Style Awards along with Sohai Ali Abro, where he was awarded "Most Stylish Male Performer".
Ali Zafar released anthem of 2017 PSL "Ab Khel Jamay Ga" in January 2017, upon which he then performed in its opening ceremony on 9 February in Dubai, and at its closing ceremony on 5 March in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
In tenth season of Coke Studio Pakistan, Ali Zafar performed four songs, after being featured in the promo song "Qaumi Taranah".
Ali Zafar performed his original "Julie" alongside his brother Danyal Zafar on guitars under Shani Arshad's production, and "Yo Soch" with Natasha Khan under Strings production.
Ali Zafar gave tribute to Master Inayat Hussain by performing "Jaan-e-Bahaaraan" solo under Shuja Haider's production, and to Junaid Jamshed by "Us Rah Par" with Ali Hamza ft.
On 27 October 2017, Ali Zafar performed at the MTV Unplugged India concert with Ayushmann Khurrana at Dubai Tennis Stadium.
Ali Zafar married his long-time fiancee Ayesha Fazli, who is a distant relative of Indian actor Aamir Khan, on 28 July 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan.
Ali Zafar's brother-in-law Umair Fazli is a movie director, better known for making the 2016 box office success Saya e Khuda e Zuljalal.
Ali Zafar categorically denied the allegation and said that he would take the matter to court.
Ali Zafar claimed that it was actually Shafi's lawyer, a renowned women's rights activist who was the master mind behind the conspiracy.
Ali Zafar filed a criminal case of cybercrime in the Federal Investigation Agency and tweeted:.
Ali Zafar claimed that a social media campaign was launched against him through fake accounts and allegations, proof of which he submitted in his complaint to the FIA Cyber Crime Department.
Many such accounts and Facebook pages in support of Shafi were instantly deleted when Ali Zafar highlighted them on social media.