His early singing influence
Ali Zafar used to have an underground rock band. When he started with the band, they were into Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Metallica, The Eagles… and then Ali broke away from it and started thinking that he didn’t want to do covers anymore, but instead write his own songs commercially. And soon, he did make a very commercial song, ‘Channo’. By this time Ali Zafar had a;ready become a star and later moved on to become an even bigger star with the second album, the third and then the first movie.
From singing to acting
Ali Zafar started out as a model and then proved himself to be an even greater singer. It was only a few years later that he decided to venture into acting. For Ali, the musical stint happened in 2003, with ‘Channo,’ and at that time, there was no real film industry churning out the kind of cinema that he could see himself fit in to. And his tours and music kept him too busy to even think about it. And then Tere Bin Laden happened, a script and subject Ali Zafar loved instantly, and so did we!
With Tere Bin Laden being well received by fans and critics, Ali Zafar managed to sweep all the Best Debut awards in 2010.
His take on fame
According to Ali Zafar, everything boils down to your perspective in life, how you deal with things. You have to know how to handle it. His pursuit in life – more than fame or money – is happiness. Simply put as being able to spend time with family and enjoy life, also not just to be in this zone of glitz and glamour because sometimes we all need a break. Ali Zafar loves spending time with his family, which is the real core of [who] you are. Ali loves travelling to learn, understand, ponder, read and think.
Causes that are important to Ali Zafar
Education and the empowerment of women is a cause very dear to Ali Zafar. He contributes to Sanjan Nagar, which focuses on the education of women and supports a small number of Christian students financially. He is also in process of setting up an organisation to support the causes that are dear to him in a bigger, better and more substantive way.
Teefa in Trouble
This is Ali Zafar’s first Lollywood project where he plays the lead actor and he really put his heart and soul into it. For his role, he has bulked up to look like a true medieval action hero. It will also be the directorial debut of Ahsan Rahim, who has done many of Ali Zafar’s music videos but never a film. Not only is Ali Zafar the leading actor in the film but the producer and the music director of the film too! The teaser, trailer and music of the film, released in recent weeks, has garnered tremendous praise and after several duds churned out by the cinema industry; audiences are looking forward to the film which currently feels like a breath of fresh air. Touted to be the most expensive Pakistani film of all time, Teefa in Trouble is all set to premiere on 20th July, 2018.
1. He was the first Pakistani actor to debut in Bollywood.
2. He’s an NCA graduate.
3. He made his first comic when he was eight years old and is fond of painting since childhood. He also worked as a sketch artist at the lobby of Pearl Continental hotel in Lahore.
4. Ali Zafar met his future wife, Ayesha Fazli in the same hotel lobby when she came in to get a portrait made.
5. His song ‘Dekha’ has been featured in Hollywood movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps as a soundtrack making him the fourth Pakistani singer to have his song featured in a Hollywood movie.
6. In 2012 He was titled as the second sexiest man in Asia. And the guy has been in the top twenty list for six consecutive years. Six! In 2013 and again in 2014, he was voted as the “Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet” in a worldwide poll conducted by the British newspaper Eastern Eye.
7. Ali Zafar is the third most googled musician. He left ace musician A.R Rehman behind. Now that’s some popularity!
8. His first album ‘Huqa Pani’ sold five million copies.
9. In the year 2008, he was kidnapped with his fiancé when the couple went out for dinner on a Saturday night. They were released after his family paid 2.5 million rupees were given as ransom to the kidnappers who were never found.
*With the recent controversy surrounding Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi, we would like to clarify that we do not tolerate harassment against any gender and until the final verdict is out, we won’t take any sides. Harassment is never okay and should NEVER be okay regardless of the gender.