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Ali Zafar was born on May 18th, 1980 in Lahore, Pakistan to Mohammad Zafarullah, Professor of Fine Arts and Kanwal Ameen, who worked in the Library Sciences department at Punjab University at the time. Yes, today is Ali Zafar's birthday and it's time we get this upcoming superstar a little bit better.
He already has six films in Bollywood to his credit- Tere Bin Laden, Luv Ka The End, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, London Paris New York, Chashme Baddor and Total Siyappa. His upcoming film is Kill Dill with Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra. He has a special appearence in Tere Bin Laden too. This good looking chap is slowly rising to the top and become one of the most sought out actors in Bollywood.
He was a musician before he became an actor in Bollywood, he has even sang songs in the movie he starred. His most famous songs are London Paris New York, Palat Meri Jaan, Madhubala, Chal Buleya and Total Siyapaa.
I am sure a lot of you out there would want to know more about this rising star, where he is from, his achievement, little snippets you did not know about him etc. Well his story is definitely inspiring, so read on to find out all the facts you did not know about him...
He is popularly known as Pakistan's prince of pop around the world.
Ali Zafar’s first project
Ali Zafar's first project as a singer was "Jugnuon se bhar de aanchal", a soundtrack of Samina Peerzada's film Shararat. Though his first single wasn't a hit but Ali Zafar later made it to the top with Channo, the single that almost everyone has heard. "Channo" remained in the top charts for a long time. It was from the album Huqa Pani which was his first one. Above five million copies of this album were sold worldwide.
Since childhood, Ali Zafar loved to paint. He created his first comics at an early age of 8 years. Ali Zafar has worked at Pearl Continental Hotel's lobby as a scratch artist. Ali Zafar did portrait painting in a hotel lobby to earn some money. He used to complete making the portraits within 20 mins.
In 2012 Ali Zafar was declared the third most googled musician leaving A.R Rehman behind.
Ali Zafar's popular song ‘Dekha' had 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 any Hollywood movie. The song belongs to his second album Masty. The movie was released 2 years back in 2010.
Ali And Ayesha
Ali Zafar's wife Ayesha Fazli remained his long-time fiancee for several years. She is paternally related to Aamir Khan - the Indian movie actor. Ali Zafar met his wife more than 10 years back to get a portrait of her in that hotel lobby.
Ali Zafar's idols include Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. People often compare his singing to Kishore Kumar's.
His debut was Tere Bin Laden, which was a huge hit.
Ali Zafar belonged to a middle-class family and didn't have any luxuries in his childhood like cars.
Shy and Introvert
Ali Zafar was really introverted and shy in his teenage. He like to talk among elders instead of people of his age group.
Ali Zafar's first crush was his class-fellow in 8th grade. While talking in an interview, he said, "Yes... I remember it was when I was in class 8th. But she was too mature to indulge herself into something immature."
Sexiest Asian Man On The Planet
2012 Ali Zafar got the 2nd position in the Most Sexiest Asian Men list and in 2013 he was declared the Sexiest Asian Man On The Planet.
Ali Zafar got a chance for modeling when a stylist and photographer asked Ali to work as a model for him.
Ali Zafar's 2 songs had been copied by popular music directors Preetam and Himesh Reshamiya. The songs are Dillagi Mein Jo Beet Jaye and Chori ki baatein meethi chori.
During his career, Ali has managed to win almost all major awards starting from the "Best Album" in 2003 to the "Best Male Artist" at MTV Awards in 2009. He has been on the covers of various style and music magazines and has been the brand ambassador for the most premier companies in Pakistan.
He would perhaps be the only celebrity to have endorsed Pepsi as well as Coke, Sony Ericsson along with LG mobile phones, and Instaphone, Telenor and Mobilink. He was the first male to endorse the biggest brand in soaps, Lux, with his hit single "Dekha" which starred all the big female actresses in Pakistan. He has also endorsed brands such as Head and Shoulders, Close Up, Tapal Tea, Tarang Tea Whitener, Lays Chips, Lu Bakery and many others. As of now, Ali Zafar is heading Mobilink Jazz, the biggest telecommunication brand in the region.
This phenomenal success of Tere Bin Laden made Ali Zafar a Bollywood star over night. Not only did he receive more than 40 offers post Tere Bin Laden but he also made history by being the first Pakistani actor to be nominated for any Bollywood awards. He got nominated for IIFA, Star Screen, Zee Cine and Filmfare awards of 2011 in the best male debut category. He was also the first Pakistani to be called to Indian Film Festival at Australia in March 2011 for his movie screening.