Ali Zafar
Ali Zafar

Ali Zafar PP (Urdu: علی ظفر; born 18 Might 1980) is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, mannequin, actor, producer, screenwriter and painter. Zafar began out on Pakistani tv earlier than turning into a preferred musician. He later additionally established a profession in Bollywood and his success led many Pakistani actors to enterprise into Hindi movies.[1] He has obtained 5 Lux Model Awards and a Filmfare Award nomination.[2]

Zafar began his profession as a music composer and gained reputation together with his single “Channo” from his debut album Huqa Pani, which offered over 5 million copies worldwide.[3] “Channo” turned out to be an enormous success, topping many music charts and earned him a number of awards for Greatest Music Album and Artist.[4] Zafar made his appearing debut with a number one function within the 2010 Bollywood satire movie Tere Bin Laden, a average field workplace success. His efficiency within the movie garnered vital appreciation and earned him a number of nominations within the Greatest Male Debut class, together with Filmfare.[5] He then additionally labored in a number of movies, together with Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Chashme Baddoor, and Pricey Zindagi.[6][7][8][9]

Alongside his appearing and singing profession, Zafar participates in excursions, live shows and stage exhibits, is lively in humanitarian work and has a variety of endorsement offers. In 2013, Zafar was voted because the “Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet”, primarily based on a worldwide ballot by the British newspaper Jap Eye.[2][10][11]

On 23 March 2021, Ali Zafar was awarded the very best literary award, Pleasure of Efficiency, for his meritorious contribution and achievements within the discipline of arts and music. He obtained the award from President of Pakistan Arif Alvi at ceremony on the President Home, Islamabad.[12]


Zafar on the premiere of Tere Bin Laden, 2010

Ali Zafar was born on 18 Might 1980 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan[13] to a Punjabi household. His mother and father, Mohammad Zafarullah and Kanwal Ameen, had been professors on the College of Punjab. He has two brothers, Zain and Danyal; the latter of those is a business mannequin who aimed to launch a profession as a singer and actor quickly.[14] Zafar obtained his early training from C.A.A. Public Faculty. He graduated from the Authorities Faculty of Lahore and the Nationwide Faculty of Arts.


Zafar began his profession as a sketch artist at Pearl Continental Resort in Lahore after which started appearing in tv serials. He debuted as a tv actor by appearing in drama serials Kollege Denims, Kanch Ke Par and Landa Bazar.[15]

Zafar with Salman Khan on the audio launch of the music “Ullu Da Patha” in Dubai, 2010.

Zafar sang “Jugnuon Se Bhar De Aanchal” for the 2003 movie Shararat. In the identical 12 months, he debuted as a musician with the album Huqa Pani, which was successful. The album offered over 5,000,000 copies worldwide and gained a number of awards and nominations, together with the 2004 Lux Model Award for “Greatest Album” and the 2008 “Greatest Male Artist” award on the MTV awards,[16] making him one of the crucial in style pop singers in Pakistan. It was additionally claimed that Bollywood’s in style music administrators Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam ripped “Channo” and “Rangeen” from Zafar’s album in “Dillagi Mein Jo Beet Jaaye” for Aashiq Banaya Aapne and “Chhore Ki Baatein” for Battle Membership – Members Solely, respectively.[17][18][better source needed]

Zafar launched his second album Masty in November 2006.[6][8] The music video of the only “Dekha” was named as the most costly music video of Pakistan, costing greater than ten million rupees. The video was produced by Lux and was shot in Malaysia, that includes Reema Khan, Meera and Aaminah Haq. The music was additionally made a part of the Hollywood movie Wall Avenue: Cash By no means Sleeps, which was launched in September 2010. He’s at present the fourth Pakistani artist after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Strings and Atif Aslam to have songs featured in Hollywood movies. He additionally gained the “Youth Icon” award within the Lux Model Awards 2007, in Malaysia. Zafar was additionally provided a job for 2007 movie Khuda Kay Liye, however was unable to signal resulting from some private causes. The function was then carried out by Fawad Khan.[citation needed]

Zafar with Siddharth Narayan, Taapsee Pannu and Divyendu Sharma in Mumbai.

In 2010, he made his debut as a number one actor with the Bollywood movie Tere Bin Laden, which was directed by Abhishek Sharma.[19] Tere Bin Laden was partially primarily based on Osama Bin Laden and Zafar performed a Pakistani journalist from Karachi, who makes pretend video of Osama Bin Laden, in order that he might go to America. The movie launched in July 2010, proved to be a serious business success in India, however was banned in Pakistan. Zafar’s efficiency within the movie garnered vital appreciation and earned him Greatest Male Debut nominations at a number of award ceremonies, together with IIFA Awards, Display screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards and Filmfare Awards. He was additionally named as the primary Pakistani to be known as to Indian Movie Competition at Australia in March 2011 for his film screening.[citation needed]

In February 2011, Zafar launched his third album Jhoom, which gained the 2012 Lux Model Award for “Greatest Music Album”.[20][21] He made a particular look within the movie Luv Ka The Finish, through which he sang a music, “F.U.N. Enjoyable Funna”. He additionally sung the title music for the movie Love Mein Ghum. He additionally acted alongside Tara D’Souza within the movie Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, starring Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, and it was launched in September 2011.[22]

In March 2012, Zafar starred within the movie London, Paris, New York with Aditi Rao Hydari. It was directed by Anu Menon, and Zafar additionally composed the soundtrack for the movie. He additionally carried out the soundtrack for the Pakistani drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai, which gained many awards.[citation needed]

Zafar at India’s Fly Past Awards, 2014

Zafar additionally starred within the romantic comedy movie Chashme Baddoor, directed by David Dhawan. The movie was launched in April 2013 and was declared a field workplace super-hit.[23] The identical 12 months, he was additionally featured in an episode of Burka Avenger, singing his well-known music “Channo”.[24]
Zafar then additionally starred in and composed the soundtrack for the movie Complete Siyappa, which was a romantic comedy movie launched in March 2014. He additionally acted in Kill Dil, which was launched in November.[25]

Zafar launched a single “Urain Ge” as tribute to victims of APS Peshawar assault in early 2015, that includes many Pakistani artists.[26][27] His voice was additionally featured within the music “DJ”, which was sung by Sunidhi Chauhan for the movie Hey Bro. He then additionally sang a music for Defence Day, “Hanstay Hanstay”.[citation needed]

Zafar had carried out an merchandise quantity “Six Pack Abs” within the sequel of his 2010 movie Tere Bin Laden, entitled Tere Bin Laden: Useless or Alive, which was launched in February 2016. Zafar was additionally seen in Pakistani movie Lahore Se Aagey. He then appeared in Gauri Shinde’s Pricey Zindagi as a musician alongside the star solid Alia Bhatt.[9] The movies had been launched in November 2016. He then additionally sung “Hum Roshan to Kal Roshan”, which launched in December 2016.[citation needed]

In 2018, Zafar starred in Ahsan Rahim’s directorial debut romantic action-comedy movie Teefa in Hassle, alongside Maya Ali, which is debut of each the actors in Lollywood, and in addition the debut of Zafar’s Lightingale Productions.[28][29][30][31] He’s additionally engaged on his fourth music album, and he will probably be producing one other Pakistani movie primarily based in Deosai Nationwide Park.[32]

Excursions and performances[edit]

Zafar in his live performance entitled Dil Jhoom Jhoom by Hum TV, on Valentine 2014[33]

After he received fame, Zafar first carried out on the ceremony of third Lux Model Awards in 2004. The next 12 months, he did his stage act at 4th Lux Model Awards. He then sang stay the songs in fifth Lux Model Awards in 2006 and sixth Lux Model Awards in 2007, after which carried out a stage dance with Reema Khan within the 2007 ceremony. He additionally had carried out in Mela Competition at Oslo, Norway in 2008.[34][35]

He joined Coke Studio Pakistan in 2008 and carried out three authentic songs “Allah Hu”, “Daastan-e-Ishq” and “Nahi Ray Nahi”, and one tribute music “Yaar Daddi Ishq” to Muhammad Juman, in season one and two.[36][37]

In 2012, Zafar carried out at eleventh Lux Model Awards with Humaima Malick and in addition paid tribute to musician Mehdi Hassan by singing his ghazal “Mujhe Tum Nazar Sai”.[38][39][40] He additionally carried out on the Pantaloons Femina Miss India contest held at Bhavans Floor in Mumbai on 30 March 2012. He then carried out at GiMA Awards. He additionally had carried out at 57th Filmfare Awards, however his efficiency was lower out within the TV launch.[41] In 2013, he carried out together with Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Preity Zinta at Temptations Reloaded live performance in Muscat, Oman.

Zafar then additionally carried out within the Life-style Pakistan Expo at Karachi Expo Centre, the place he walked the ramp for designer model ChenOne and in addition carried out with a dhol. He was additionally invited to carry out in 2013 Cannes Movie Competition held at Cannes, France.[42] In 2014, he was seen performing with Yami Gautam on Zee Cine Awards.[43] He then additionally carried out in Naz Choudhury’s Bollywood Showstoppers at The O2 Area together with Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mika Singh and Shahid Kapoor.[44] He then additionally hosted the primary Star Field Workplace India Awards Ceremony together with Ayushmann Khurrana,[45][46] the place additionally they gave a musical tribute to Raj Kapoor.

He re-joined Coke Studio Pakistan in 2015 for the eight season the place he carried out three songs. The primary music “Rockstar” grew to become in style worldwide, and was additionally appreciated by Imran Khan, Mahira Khan, Sonu Nigam, Hrithik Roshan and Adnan Sami,[47] after which it was additionally awarded the title Music of the 12 months. Zafar then gave tribute to Saleem Raza by performing a second music “Ae Dil” together with Sara Haider. The third music he carried out was Sufi “Ajj Din Vehre Vich”.[48]

On the logo-launch-event of Pakistan Tremendous League on 20 September 2015, Zafar launched and carried out on the league anthem “Ab Khel Ke Dikha”. He additionally carried out within the launch occasion of the workforce Islamabad United on 30 January 2016, the place he launched workforce anthem “Chakka Choka”. He then additionally carried out within the opening ceremony of 2016 PSL on 4 February. He additionally carried out about 50 live shows throughout Pakistan inside two months in early 2016.[49]

Zafar carried out a dancing act on the remix of his Coke Studio hit “Rockstar” within the ceremony of 14th Lux Model Awards, after when he was given musical tribute by Jimmy Khan, Uzair Jaswal, Sara Haider and Farhan Saeed individually, in 2015. The next 12 months, he hosted the ceremony, the place he carried out a gap dance act on his new music paying tribute to Lux Model Awards. He then additionally 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.

The identical 12 months, he collaborated with Atif Aslam for the music “Yaarian”, they usually carried out on it on Defence Day. Zafar walked the ramp in September with Mahira Khan, showcasing the bridal assortment in Divani’s Bagh-e-Bahar present, on the Haveli Barood Khana.[50] He additionally carried out on the stage of 1st Hum Model Awards together with Sohai Ali Abro, the place he was additionally awarded “Most Fashionable Male Performer”.[51][52] In his live performance on 25 November, he carried out the model problem too.[53]

Zafar launched anthem of 2017 PSL “Ab Khel Jamay Ga” in January 2017, upon which he then additionally carried out in its opening ceremony on 9 February in Dubai,[54][55] and in addition at its closing ceremony on 5 March in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.[56] He additionally carried out at grand finale of Miss Veet in January.[57] On 19 April, he alongside together with his Teefa in Hassle co-star Maya Ali, carried out within the sixteenth Lux Model Awards.[58]

In tenth season of Coke Studio Pakistan, Zafar carried out 4 songs, after being featured within the promo music “Qaumi Taranah”. He carried out his authentic “Julie” alongside his brother Danyal Zafar on guitars beneath Shani Arshad’s manufacturing, and “Yo Soch” with Natasha Khan beneath Strings manufacturing. He additionally gave tribute to Grasp Inayat Hussain by performing “Jaan-e-Bahaaraan” solo beneath Shuja Haider’s manufacturing, and to Junaid Jamshed by “Us Rah Par” with Ali Hamza ft. Strings beneath Jaffer Zaidi’s manufacturing.[59][60]

On 27 October 2017, Zafar carried out on the MTV Unplugged India live performance with Ayushmann Khurrana at Dubai Tennis Stadium.[61][62]

Private life[edit]

Zafar married his long-time fiancée Ayesha Fazli, who’s a distant relative of Indian actor Aamir Khan,[63][64][65] on 28 July 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan. They’d a boy in 2010,[66] and a lady in 2015.[67]

His brother-in-law Umair Fazli is a film director, higher identified for making the 2016 field workplace success Saya e Khuda e Zuljalal.[68]


On 19 April 2018, fellow singer Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment on Twitter. Ali Zafar categorically denied the allegation and mentioned that he would take the matter to court docket.[69] On 23 June 2018, Ali Zafar filed a 1 billion rupees defamation case towards Shafi for slander beneath the Defamation Ordinance 2002, claiming that Shafi had brought about “super harm” to his “popularity, goodwill, livelihood” via “false, slanderous and defamatory” allegations, in line with Geo Information.[70] The swimsuit learn: “Because the defamatory statements are obviously false, it may well solely be concluded that this malicious marketing campaign has been launched towards the plaintiff as a part of a motivated conspiracy to tarnish the plaintiff’s good picture via making false accusations.”[71]

On 25 June 2018, Courtroom issued “a everlasting keep towards Meesha Shafi till the ultimate choice of the case”, stopping her making additional claims towards Zafar.[72] Meesha had filed a criticism to the provincial Ombudsperson beneath the Safety Towards Harassment of Ladies at Office Act 2010, which was dismissed on 3 Might 2018. Meesha filed an attraction towards the order of the Ombudswoman to the Governor of Punjab who additionally dismissed her attraction, on the grounds that Meesha Shafi was not an worker on the time.[73] On 10 April 2019, the court docket fined Meesha Shafi Rs. 10,000 over “non-appearance” of her lawyer.[74]

On 29 April 2019, Shafi described how she had first tried to resolve her criticism privately with Zafar’s representatives, however Zafar insisted she go to him.[75] On 30 Might 2019, 9 eye witnesses, together with two ladies, denied Shafi’s allegations of harassment.[76] Kanza Muneer mentioned in her assertion that in the course of the rehearsal, at which 11 folks had been current and movies had been made, Zafar and Shafi maintained 5 to 6 toes distance from one another.[77] On 11 October 2019, Lahore Excessive Courtroom dismissed Meesha Shafi’s attraction.[78]

In his testimony in court docket Ali Zafar mentioned that he helps the #MeToo motion, which is aimed to finish sexual harassment and abuse, nevertheless it had been “misused towards him”.[79] Zafar claimed that it was truly Shafi’s lawyer, a famend ladies’s rights activist who was the grasp thoughts behind the conspiracy. “Meesha Shafi’s declare in her court docket testimony that the opposite ladies who got here ahead are unrelated is a whole lie. Our findings uncovered that they had been deeply interlinked a lot earlier than the allegations. The widespread hyperlink appears to be Nighat Dad. They had been all both working with or for her,” Ali Zafar mentioned in his testimony whereas presenting proof.[80]

On 6 July 2019, lawyer Hassan Niazi in his tweets alleged Shafi’s lawyer, Nighat Dad’s NGO deleted its audit report and had international funding.[81][82][83]

Ali Zafar additionally filed a felony case of cybercrime within the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) and tweeted:

As I mentioned, the smear marketing campaign towards me was working via pretend accounts who are actually shutting down after our software to the FIA. Our resolve to set a precedent that nobody can do that ever to an harmless individual is stronger than ever now.

Ali Zafar claimed {that a} social media marketing campaign was launched towards him via pretend accounts and allegations, proof of which he submitted in his criticism to the FIA Cyber Crime Division. Many such accounts and Fb pages in assist of Shafi had been immediately deleted when Zafar highlighted them on social media.[84]

On December 16, 2020, Federal Investigation Company (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing discovered Meesha Shafi and eight others responsible of working a defamatory drive on social media towards Ali Zafar damaging his popularity.[85]
In January 2021 the Supreme Courtroom admitted Meesha Shafi’s plea towards the dismissal of her attraction [86]


dagger Denotes movies that haven’t been launched but
dagger Denotes movies which are at present in cinema


12 months Title Position Notes
2010 Tere Bin Laden Ali Hassan Nominated—Filmfare Greatest Male Debut Award
2011 Luv Ka The Finish Freddy Kapoor Particular look in music “F.U.N. Enjoyable Funaa”
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Luv Agnihotri
2012 London, Paris, New York Nikhil Chopra [a]
2013 Chashme Baddoor Siddharth Kashyap aka Sid
2014 Complete Siyapaa Aman [a]
Kill Dil Tutu
2016 Tere Bin Laden: Useless or Alive Himself Particular look in music “Six Pack Abs”
Pricey Zindagi Rumi [9]
Pakistani movies
2016 Lahore Se Aagey Himself Cameo[87]
2018 Teefa in Hassle Lateef (“Teefa”) Additionally the co-writer and producer
2021 Khel Khel Mein Himself Cameo[88]
TBA Deosai dagger TBA Pre-production


12 months Title Position Community
2000 Kollege Denims[90] Himself PTV Residence
Kanch Ke Par Temur
2002 Landa Bazar Ramis
Bahut Dair Kar Di Raza
2004 Jugnoo Aur Anchal Jamal PTV Residence
2014 1st Star Field Workplace India Awards Host Star Plus
2016 fifteenth Lux Model Awards Geo TV
2021 fifth Hum Model Awards Hum TV

Look in tv commercials[edit]


  • Shut-Up (toothpaste)
  • Telenor Pakistan
  • Tarang Tea Whitener
  • Pepsi
  • Lipton
  • Lay’s
  • Mobilink
  • LG Cell KG195
  • Nokia
  • QMobile
  • Daylight washing powder
  • Sprite (drink)
  • Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace
  • Yamaha YBR125
  • Nestlé Fruta Vitals
  • Diamond Supereme Foam
  • Royal Followers
  • Good Goodies
  • Kashmir Cooking Oil & Banaspati
  • Tecno Cell Pakistan


  • Shut-Up (toothpaste)
  • Dabur OxyLife Males Bleach Crème[91]

Different appearances[edit]

  • Music video of “Preeto Mere Naal”, by Abrar ul Haq


Awards and nominations[edit]

See additionally[edit]

  • Checklist of Bollywood movies
  • Checklist of Indian playback singers
  • Music of Pakistan
  • Historical past of Pakistani pop music
  • Checklist of Pakistani actors




  • Official web site
  • Ali Zafar at IMDb
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