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The Irresistible Iman Ali

It is hard to miss the glamorous aura of Iman Ali. She lives by her own terms and believes in selective media presence, which adds to her mystique. Yet her name grabs attention every time it appears. When the supermodel-turned-actress tied the knot with Babar Bhatti, there was nothing else people talked about for days.

The Beginning

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The 5 feet, six inches tall, Sagittarian born beauty is the daughter of veteran television and film actor, Abid Ali and his first wife Humaira Ali. She did her schooling from DPS (Divisional Public School), Model Town, Lahore. Iman has two siblings, Rahma Ali and Maryam Ali, who are also associated with showbiz. Rahma, is an actress and a well-known playback singer of Coke Studio, her older sister Maryam is also an actress.

Road To Stardom

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The sultry model was discovered by renowned fashion photographer, Ather Shahzad in the year 2000 and since then, there has been no looking back. Her strong persona and prominent presence had earned her the status of supermodel in a short span of time. Iman became the muse of A-list fashion designers at home and across the border, and her name guaranteed success.

The Rebirth of Anarkali

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Iman rose to fame in mere five years of her entry into the world of glitz and glamour. Her classic traditional eastern looks and elusive beauty caught eye of Shoman, Shoaib Mansoor, who gave her the role of Anarkali, in his music video, Ishq Mohabbat Apna Pan. The video became a rage; people couldn’t get enough of the stunning Anarkali, who looked every bit part of the historical setting. The glamorous model made a strong impression with her brilliant performance and depicted an enigmatic charm of the famous courtesan of Mughal era. The music video had made her a household name; she is still fondly referred as Anarkali.

Breakthrough Into Acting

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The diva made her formal acting debut on TV with Zoheb Hassan’s television series, Kismat. She co-hosted Lux Style Awards in 2005 and appeared in a number of television productions, which landed her into films.

In 2007, Iman became a part of revival of Pakistani cinema with mentor Shoaib Mansoor’s critically acclaimed film, Khuda Kay Liye, opposite Shaan Shahid, Fawad Khan and Naseeruddin Shah. KKL, turned out to be box office gold and won her the Best Actress trophy at the Lux Style Awards, the following year. She appeared in a supporting role in Shoaib Mansoor’s second film, Bol opposite Humaima Malik, Atif Aslam and Mahira Khan. In 2015, she appeared in a lead role in Anjum Shehzad’s Mah-e-Mir, opposite Fahad Mustafa and Sanam Saeed. Iman has always been selective of the projects she has taken and does full justice to her roles.

Shendi

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The gorgeous diva used her Instagram handle to announce her wedding, which was revealed by her good friend and ace fashion designer, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin (HSY). Iman who never follows trends, decided to call her wedding, Shendi (shaadi plus mehndi). There was nothing usual about her wedding, she wore a simple outfit on her mayun and following the theme of shendi, she opted to wear a beautiful yellow lehnga on her baraat. The ravishing beauty enjoyed her wedding to the fullest surrounded by her friends and family.

Her better half, Babar Aziz Bhatti, is the grandson of Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed. He is from Lahore and based in Toronto. Babar is a graduate of Aitchison College, Lahore and Tufts University, US and works as a Director at Green Earth Canada.

Coming Up Next

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Iman is returning to the silver screen this year with ARY Films and off-screen couple, Urwa – Farhan’s co-production, Tich Button. She will be seen acting alongside Farhan Saeed, Feroze Khan and Sonya Hussyn. The upcoming film is a family drama about love, life and friendship.

Her other big project is a web series, Badshah Begum, opposite über-talented actor, Imran Ashraf. Plot details of BB are being kept under wraps. Based on the looks of it, Badshah Begum seems like a period drama set in the Mughal era. The exact timeline of the series isn’t known yet. If rumours are to be believed its set in 1721-1748, the era of Badshah Begum, queen consort of Mughal Emperor, Muhammad Shah. Going by her past projects, we do know that Iman Ali was born for this role and we can’t wait to see how she performs.

Did you know?

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  • Iman has worked with leading Indian designers, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani, Rina Dhaka, Manish Malhotra and JJ Valaya among many others.
  • Despite being a true Lahori, she once moved to Karachi only to experience apartment life by the sea.
  • She won the best dressed celebrity award at Lux Style Awards, 2006.
  • She is a bookaholic and reads a lot. Bryan Magee’s The Story of Philosophy is her all-time favourite.
  • Like many of us, Iman too is a huge fan of D. B. Weiss and David Benioff’s fantasy series, GoT (Game of Thrones). She loved the show for its storyline and production quality.
  • Iman hates going to the gym as she gets distracted with incessant chatting around her, instead she practices yoga at home.
  • She is a private person and doesn’t believe in over exposure to personal space through social media.
  • She left modeling at the peak of her career and opted to do endorsements and TVCs only.

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