Ali Zafar is a Pakistani musician, composer, singer, song writer, actor, painter and model, popular for his music and acting. His popular songs include hits like Channo, Rangeen, Chal Dil Merey, Dekha, Masty, Jhoom, Sajania, Madhubala, Voh Dekhney Mein, Dastan-e-Ishq and Yar Dhadhi Ishq. He started his singing career with the song Jugnuon Se Bhar Le Aanchal in the film Shararat, directed by Pakistani actress and director Samina Peerzada but made a big mark with his first single Channo from his first album Huqa Pani that sold over five million copies worldwide. The album turned out to be one of the biggest hits ever in Pakistan with Channo topping the charts all the way for a long time. Zafar made his acting debut in the 2010 Bollywood film Tere Bin Laden by director Abhishek Sharma. His second movie was Mere Brother Ki Dulhan followed by London, Paris, New York. Ali Zafar has become the third most Googled musician in India. In 2012, Zafar was named as the second sexiest man in Asia behind Hrithik Roshan.
Ali Zafar was born into a Muslim family in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. His parents were Mohammad Zafarullah and Kanwal Ameen, both professors at the University of Punjab, Pakistan. He studied at the C.A.A. Public School and Beaconhouse School System where he topped his matriculation exams. He completed his graduation from the Government College of Lahore and the National College of Arts in fine arts. Zafar made his first comic book at the age of 8. He was fond of painting since childhood. Early in his career, he worked as a scratch artist at the lobby of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore.
Ali Zafar's first experience in acting was in Pakistani television dramas before becoming one of the most popular singer of this generation in Pakistan. He acted in dramas like Kanch Ke Par, miniseries Kollege Jeans and etc. After becoming a music sensation in Pakistan and beyond, he got an offer for the role of Sarmad in Khuda Kay Liye a film by Shoaib Mansoor released in 2007 which he accepted, but was not able to sign it due to some personal reasons. The role was then performed by Fawad Afzal Khan. After few years of hiatus from acting apart from in his own videos, Ali yet again set a precedent by being the first ever Pakistani star/singer to be featured as a solo main lead in his debut movie, a Bollywood movie namely Tere Bin Laden, directed by Abhishek Sharma which was a success both critically and commercially. Tere Bin Laden released on 16 July 2010 and was a major hit in India for a low budget movie but was not allowed to be released in Pakistan by the film censor board. He got nominated for IIFA, Star Screen, Zee Cine and Filmfare awards of 2011 in the best male debut category. He was also the first Pakistani to be called to Indian Film Festival at Australia in March 2011 for his movie screening.
Ali Zafar who took up movies as a serious career after his debut film has proved himself once again with his second film under Yash Raj Films, banner Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, directed and written by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Released on 9 September, the film was both critically acclaimed and a commercial success like his first film. Ali's performance was specially praised by the industry. The film also stars Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif.
Before MBKD could release, he had already started shooting for a love story, "London, Paris, New York". This Rose movies and Star 20th century Fox production, released on 2 March 2012, which also received great critical acclaim as well as impressive overseas revenue. Apart from acting as male protagonist in the film opposite Aditi Rao, Ali Zafar is also the music director. His movie opposite Taapsee Pannu "Chashme Baddoor" 2013 releases.
In 2012 he received Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards in a ceremony held in India, for Best New Talent-Male.
Zafar married his long-time fiancee Ayesha Fazli (paternally related to Indian actor Aamir Khan) in an Islamic Wedding Cermaony on 28 July 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan. On 6 March 2010, he became a father to a baby boy, whom he named Azaan Zafar.
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