Born on 18 May 1980, Ali Zafar is a songwriter, model, actor, producer, screenwriter, and painter from Pakistan. Before becoming a famous singer, Zafar started on Pakistani TV. He also later developed a career in Bollywood, and many Pakistani actors were led to venture into Hindi films by his performance. He won five Lux Design Awards and a nomination for a Filmfare Award.
As a music composer, Zafar began his career and achieved fame with his single “Channo” from his debut album Huqa Pani, which sold more than five million copies worldwide. “Channo” proved to be a huge hit, topping several music charts and winning him many Best Music Album and Artist awards.
Zafar made his acting debut in the 2010 Bollywood satire film Tere Bin Laden, a modest box office achievement with a leading role.
His movie success received critical acclaim and earned him numerous nominations, including Filmfare, in the Best Male Debut category. He also worked in many films, including Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Chashme Baddoor, and Dear Zindagi.
Zafar performs in tours, gigs, and stage shows. Besides, his acting and singing career are engaged in charitable work and various sponsorship deals. In 2013, based on a worldwide poll by the British newspaper Eastern Eye, Zafar was elected the “Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet.”
Ali Zafar was born on 18 May 1980 to a Punjabi family in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. His parents, Mohammad Zafarullah and Kanwal Ameen were professors at the University of Punjab. He has two brothers, Zain and Danyal, the latter of whom is a business model that is also intended soon to initiate a career as a singer and actor. Zafar received his early education from C.A.A. High School. He graduated from Lahore’s Government College and the National College of Arts.
Zafar began his career at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore as a sketch artist and then started acting in TV shows. Through appearing in the drama series Kollege Jeans, Kanch Ke Par, and Landa Bazar, he debuted as a TV star. For the 2003 film Shararat, Zafar sang ‘Jugnuon Ke Bhar De Aanchal.’ He debuted with the album Huqa Pani as a musician in the same year, a hit.
The album sold over 5,000,000 copies worldwide and received numerous awards and nominations, including the 2004 Lux Style Award for “Best Album” and the 2008 MTV Award for “Best Male Artist” making him one of Pakistan’s most successful pop singers.
Bollywood’s famous music directors Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam were also said to have ripped “Channo” and “Rangeen” from Zafar’s “Dillagi Mein Jo Beet Jaaye” album for Aashiq Banaya Aapne and “Chhore Ki Baatein” for Battle Club-Members Only, respectively.
In November 2006, Zafar released his second album, Masty. The music video for the single ‘Dekha’ was declared Pakistan’s most expensive music video, costing more than ten million rupees. The film, featuring Reema Khan, Meera, and Aaminah Haq, was produced by Lux and was filmed in Malaysia.
The song was also part of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, a Hollywood film released in September 2010. After Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Strings, and Atif Aslam, he is the fourth Pakistani artist who has songs in Hollywood films. “In the 2007 Lux Design Awards, he also received the “Youth Model” award in Malaysia.
Zafar was also offered a role for the 2007 film Khuda Kay Liye but could not sign for specific personal reasons. Fawad Khan then carried out the task. He made his debut as a leading actor in 2010, with the Bollywood film Tere Bin Laden, directed by Abhishek Sharma. Tere Bin Laden was partly based on Osama Bin Laden, and Zafar played a Pakistani Karachi journalist,
The film, released in July 2010, proved to be a big commercial success in India, but it was banned in Pakistan. At many award ceremonies, including the IIFA Awards, Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards, and Filmfare Awards, Zafar’s performance in the film received critical acclaim and earned him Best Male Debut nominations.
He was also named the first Pakistani to be invited in March 2011 to Australia’s Indian Film Festival for his film screening. Zafar released his third album in February 2011, Jhoom, which won the 2012 Lux Style Award for Best Music Album. He made a special appearance in the film Luv Ka The End, in which he performed the song, “F.U.N. Fun Funna.”
He performed the title song for the movie Love Mein Ghum, too. He also appeared in the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, starring Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, alongside Tara D’Souza, and it was released in September 2011. Zafar appeared in the movie London, Paris, New York with Aditi Rao Hydari in March 2012. Anu Menon directed it, and the music for the film was composed by Zafar as well.
He also made the soundtrack for Zindagi Gulzar Hai, a Pakistani drama that received several awards. Zafar also appeared in the romantic comedy film Chashme Baddoor, directed by David Dhawan, at India’s Fly Beyond Awards in 2014. In April 2013, the film was released and proclaimed a box office super-hit. He was also featured in Burka Avenger’s episode the same year, singing his popular “Channo” tune. Zafar then appeared in the film Absolute Siyappa, a romantic comedy film released in March 2014, and composed the soundtrack. He also acted in November’s Kill Dil, which was released.
Ali Zafar released a single “Train Ge” featuring several Pakistani musicians as a tribute to the APS Peshawar attack victims in early 2015. In the song “DJ,” which Sunidhi Chauhan sang for the film Hey Bro, his voice was also featured. He then also performed the song “Hanstay Hanstay” for Defence Day.
“Six Pack Abs”Six Pack Abs. Zafar also appeared in Lahore Se Aagey, a Pakistani film. He then appeared alongside star cast Alia Bhatt in Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi as a musician. In November 2016, the movies were released.
He then sang “Hum Roshan to Kal Roshan,” released in December 2016, as well. In 2018, alongside Maya Ali, which is the debut of both the actors in Lollywood and Zafar’s Lightingale Productions’ debut, Zafar starred in Ahsan Rahim’s directorial debut romantic action-comedy film Teefa in Trouble. He is also working on his fourth music album and will produce another Pakistani cinema.