Ali is one of the leading comedians in Telugu film industry. As a comedian and character actor, he has starred in over 800 Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Kannada films in a career spanning over two decades. He has also played hero in several movies. Upcoming Telugu comedy Alibaba Okkade Donga (AOD) features him in the lead role. The film is very special for him as it happens to be his 50th film as hero.
Speaking to IANS, Ali revealed his excitement about playing the protagonist in Alibaba Okkade Donga. He said, "Fifty is a special number for someone who is mostly considered a comedian. I never knew I would do so many films as a hero in my career. I had no plans to do this film initially because of my hectic schedule, but the director reminded me that it's my 50th project."
Directed by Phani Prakash, Alibaba Okkade Donga also features Sooja Vaaruni, Tanikella Bharani, Raghu Babu, Shafi, Jeeva and Giri Babu. Ali added, "Even though he convinced me, I was so busy that I could only allot 25 days for the film. I didn't want my call sheet for other films to get disturbed. But, I'm happy that the director managed to wrap up most of the film within 25 days."
Ali had previously played lead roles in Telugu films such as Yamaleela, Pittala Dora and Somberi. In AOD, Ali has also crooned two songs. Ali said, "The director insisted that I sing a couple of songs. Luckily, they have come out well and I was appreciated by few playback singers as well. I hope this film will appeal to my fans."
We bring you photos of Alibaba Okkade Donga and some unknown facts about Ali. Continue to see them in the slideshow.
Ali - Son Of A Poor Tailor
Ali was born in a poor family in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh and his father was a tailor. He has a brother named Khayyum, who is also an actor. He got married on 23 January, 2004, at Mandapeta and has two daughters and a son.
Ali Had A Great Passion For Acting
As young boy, Ali had a great passion for acting and he used to perform mimicry shows during festivals and marriage events. He became popular with the help of Jitu Mohan Mitra, well known musical company from Rajahmundry.
As Child Artist In Bharathi Raja's Film
Once Ali heard that Bharathi Raja was looking for child artist for his 1981 movie Seethakoka Chiluka. He went to Chennai and attended the screening at his office. Impressed with his performance, the director gave him his first film role.
Comedian - Ali's Second Career
As a child artist, Ali acted in a variety of movies, but as he grew older, he had to wait for a breakthrough role. After a long wait, he started his second career in Tollywood as a comedian.
SVK Reddy Gave Ali Break With Comic Roles
Director SV Krishna Reddy gave him the much-needed break with comic roles in his movies. He used to create new roles for Ali. It was he who made him develop his own style of dialogue delivery.
Ali - A Favourite Comedian Of Puri And Pawan
Ali, who has acted in more than 800 films, is favourite comedian of director Puri Jagannath and actor Pawan Kalyan, who have always made sure that he has a role in their movies. He is a regular actor in their films.
Ali Turned Hero With Ammayi Kaapuram
Ali became hero with the movie Ammayi Kaapuram in 1994 and he acted as hero in a total of five films in the same year. But it was Yamaleela, which brought him to limelight besides giving him a big break. So far, he has played hero in 49 movies.
Ali's Mark On Small Screen
Ali, who is adept at anchoring in filmy events, has also made his mark in the TV industry. He has appeared on several shows. Currently, he is a host on a hit TV shows Ali 369, who is the katravalli, which is aired in Telugu ETV channel.
Ali's Commercial Brands
He has also endorsed a few products and promoted them on TV. He is the brand ambassador for Manmohan Jaadoo Malaam, an anti-itching medicine.
Awards For Ali
The actor has also been honoured with several awards. He has won two Best Comedian awards from Filmfare for his performance in Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi and Super. He has also bagged a Best Comedian award from SIIMA for the film Ishq.
Doctorate Honour For Ali
He recently received a Doctorate honour. The Academy of Global Peace conferred an honorary doctorate to Ali on 25 May, 2013, at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
Ali Is Great Human Being Too
Ali, who is a big fan of Megastar Chiranjeevi, is a very kind-hearted man and has respect for one and all. In an interview, Kota Srinivas Rao once said, "Ali is older than me in films, but he has never made me feel it. He is noble actor and a great human being."