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Ali Zafar born as Ali Mohammad Zafar on 18 May 1980), is a Pakistani music composer, singer-songwriter, painter and actor.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 singleChanno 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. Pakistan showbiz

Zafar began his acting career with Bollywood film Tere Bin Laden, which was moderately successful at the box office, and for which he was nominated for Filmfare Best Male Debut Award, In 2011, Zafar appeared as a guest in Yash Raj’s Luv Ka The End and received his second commercial success with his next release—the romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Zafar went on to win Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Male. Zafar starred in a number of commercially successful films like London, Paris, New York (2012), Chashme Baddoor (2013) and Total Siyapaa(2014).

Zafar has won three Lux Style Awards, three Indus Music Awards, three MTV Style Awards and one Stardust Awards. In 2012, Zafar was awarded by Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards in India. In 2013, Zafar was voted as the “Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet” based on a worldwide poll conducted by the British weekly newspaper Eastern

Birth name Ali Mohammad Zafar
Born 18 May 1980 (age 34)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Genres Pop, Electronic, Folk,Classical, Sufi rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, composer, actor, painter, model
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Years active 2003–present
Labels Universal Records, Sony Music, Alif Records, Frank Finn, Fire Records

Personal life

Zafar married his long-time fiancee Ayesha Fazli (paternally related to Indian actor Aamir Khan through her father’s cousin’s mother) in an Islamic wedding ceremony[21][22] on 28 July 2009 in Lahore, Pakistan. On 6 March 2010, he became a father to a baby boy, whom he named Azaan Zafar. On 23 February 2015, his wife gave birth to their daughter, their second child in Lahore. The baby girl’s name is yet to be decided.


Year Film Role Notes
2010 Tere Bin Laden Ali Hassan Nominated-Filmfare Best Male Debut Award
2011 Luv Ka The End Freddy Kapoor Special appearance in song “Fun Funaa”
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Luv Agnihotri
2012 London, Paris, New York Nikhil Chopra
2013 Chashme Baddoor Siddharth Kashyap
2014 Total Siyapaa Aman Ali
2014 Kill Dil Tutu
2015 Tere Bin Laden 2 Films that have not yet been released TBA Cameo
2015 Ahsan Rahim’s Next Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming


Year Serial Role Channel
2000 Kanch Ke Par Temur PTV Home
2002 Landa Bazar Ramis PTV Home


Year Film Song Music Director(s) Co-Singer(s)
2010 Tere Bin Laden Bas Ek Soch
I Love Amreeka
Ullu Da Pattha
Welcome To Amreeka
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Solo
Akriti Kakkar
Shankar Mahadevan
2011 Luv Ka The End F.U.N Fun Funna Ram Sampath Solo
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Madhubala Sohail Sen Shweta Pandit
2012 London, Paris, New York London Paris New York
Voh Dekhnay Mein
Ting Rang
Thehree Si Zindagi
Ali Zafar Sunidhi Chauhan
Aditi Rao Hydari
2013 Chashme Baddoor Early Morning (Remix)
Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom
Andha Ghoda Race Mein Dauda
Sajid-Wajid Solo
Shreya Ghoshal
2014 Total Siyapaa Total Siyapaa
Palat Meri Jaan
Nahi Maloom
Chal Buleya
Ali Zafar Solo
Fariha Pervez
2014 Kill Dil Nakhriley Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Gulzar



Year Film Song Music Director(s) Co-singer(s)
2003 Shararat Jugnuon Se Bhar Le Aanchal Wajahat Attray Solo
2011 Love Mein Ghum Love Mein Ghum Waqar Ali Waqar Ali


Release Date Album
21 November 2003 Huqa Pani
1 December 2006 Masty
14 February 2011 Jhoom

Coke Studio (Pakistan)

Year Song
2008 Allah Hu
2008 Janay Na Koi
2008 Chal Dil Meray
2008 Channo
2008 Rangeen
2009 Yaar Daddi
2009 Nahin Ray Nahin



Those For Truth
Ain’t No Sunshine (Cover)
Rise Of Jazba” (Official Pakistan Cricket World Cup 2011 song)
Dunia Hai Dil Walon Ki (Pepsi World Cup 2011 song)
Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Facebook Pe Chalta Hai
Youn Challay Ke Ballay Ballay
Mobilink Har din Har Din
Pakistan Idol Anthem
Burka Avenger

Awards and nominations

Year Category Film/Recording Result
Indus Music Awards
2004 Best Debut Artist Huqa Pani Won
2004 Best Album Huqa Pani Won
2005 Best Pop Artist Huqa Pani Won
Lux Style Awards
2004 Best Music Album Huqa Pani Won
2007 Best Music Album Masty Nominated
2007 Youth Icon Award Won
2012 Best Album Jhoom Won
Song of the Year Jhoom Nominated
2013 Best Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai Won
Asian Bollywood Music Awards
2005 Best Pop Music Album in Pakistan Huqa Pani Won
MTV Style Awards
2008 Best Male Artist (Unspecified) Won
2008 Most Stylish Artist Won
2009 Best Male Singer (Unspecified) Won
Zee Cine Awards
2011 Best Male Debut Tere Bin Laden Nominated
ARY Film Awards
2014 International Icon Won
Filmfare Awards
2011 Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut Tere Bin Laden Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards(IIFA)
2011 Star Debut of the Year-Male Tere Bin Laden Nominated
Star Screen Awards
2011 Most Promising Newcomer-Male Tere Bin Laden Nominated
Style Awards
2011 Song of the Year Jhoom Won
2011 Personality of the Year Nominated
Stardust Awards
2011 Superstar of Tomorrow-Male Tere Bin Laden Nominated
2012 New Musical Sensations-Male “Madhubala” from Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Nominated
2012 Superstar of Tomorrow-Male Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Won
Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards
2012 Best New Talent-Male Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Won
Pakistan Media Awards
2012 Best Singer Male Jhoom Nominated
2012 Best Playback Singer Love Mein Ghum Nominated
2014 Best Drama Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai Nominated
2014 Best Singer Male Nominated
Hum Awards
2014 Hum Award for Best Original Soundtrack Zindagi Gulzar Hai Nominated

Other awards and honours

  • 18th Sexiest Man Of Asia (Eastern Eye – 2006)
  • 8th Sexiest Man Of Asia (Eastern Eye – 2007)
  • YAN National Youth Forum 2007 – Youth Ambassador
  • 4th Sexiest Man Of Asia (Eastern Eye – 2008)
  • 8th Sexiest Man Of Asia (Eastern Eye – 2009)
  • 4th rank in “51 Most Beautiful and Handsome Men” (fortnightly newspaper)
  • 5th Sexiest Man Of Asia (Eastern Eye – 2010)
  • 19th Most Desirable Man ( – 2010)
  • Indian Poll : Face of the Year – 2010 (More Than 400000 Votes)
  • 5th Sexiest Man Of Asia (Eastern Eye – 2011)
  • 17th Most Desirable Man ( – 2011)
  • 2nd Sexiest Man Of Asia (Eastern Eye – 2012)
  • Paper People’s Choice Award: 2nd Hottest Pakistani Men in Media
  • Sexiest Asian Man On The Planet (Eastern Eye – 2013)
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