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
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
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
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
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
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
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