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Ali Mohammad Zafar (better known as Ali Zafar; 18 May 1980), is a Pakistani singer, songwriter, composer, actor and painter. He started his career as a music composer and gained popularity by his single Channo from his debut album Huqa Pani which sold over five million copies worldwide. Channo turned out to be a huge success topping many music charts and earnde him the Lux Style Award for Best Music Album.
Zafar made his acting debut with a leading role in the 2010 Bollywood satire film Tere Bin Laden, a moderate box-office success. His performance in the film garnered critical appreciation and earned him several nominations in Best Male Debut category (including Filmfare). The following year, Zafar made a special appearance in the romantic comedy Luv Ka The End and played the lead in the romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Zafar was widely praised for his performance and received further praise for portraying leading roles in the critically and commercially successful romanctic comedy London, Paris, New York (2012), the comedy Chashme Baddoor (2013) and the romantic comedy Total Siyapaa (2014).
Alongside his acting and singing career, Zafar participate in tours, concers and stage shows, is active in humanitarian work and has a number of endorsement deals. He was also voted as the “Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet” based on a worldwide poll by the British newspaper Eastern Eye in 2013.
Ali Zafar was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan in a Punjabi family. His parents Mohammad Zafarullah and Kanwal Ameen were professors at the University of Punjab, Pakistan. He received early education at C.A.A. Public School. He completed his graduation from the Government College of Lahore and the National College of Arts. Zafar started his career as a sketch artist at Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore and then began acting in television serials. Zafar made his debut as a musician in 2003 with the album Huqa Pani which was a success. The album sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and winning several awards and nominations including 2004 Lux Style Award for “Best Album” and 2008 “Best Male Artist” award at the MTV awards. making Zafar one of the most popular pop singers in Pakistan. It was also claimed that Himesh Reshammiya copied one of the track “Rangeen” from Zafar’s album in his song “Dillagi Mein Jo”.
Zafar joined Coke Studio (Pakistan) in 2008 and performed the songs “Allah Hu”, “Yaar Dhadhi Ishq”, “Nahin Ray Nahin” and “Daastan-e-Ishq”, in season one and two.
Zafar with Salman Khan at the audio release of the song “Ullu Da Patha” in Dubai, 2010.
Zafar released his second album “Masty” in November 2006. He has released four videos from the album, titled “Masty”, “Sajania”, “Dekha” and “Aasmaan”. The music video of the single “Dekha”, was the named as the most expensive music video of Pakistan, costing more than rupees ten million. The video was produced by Lux and was shot in Malaysia featuring Reema Khan, Meera, and Amina Haq. The song was also made part of the Hollywood film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which was released on 24 September 2010. He is currently the fourth Pakistani artist after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Strings and Atif Aslam to have a songs featured in Hollywood films. He also won the “Youth Icon” award in the Lux Style Awards 2007, in Malaysia. On 14 February 2011, Zafar released his third album “Jhoom” which won 2012 Lux Style Award for “Best Music Album”. His fourth album is staked to release this year.
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