Abbas (born 21 May 1975 as Mirza Abbas Ali) is an Indian Tamil film actor and model, who has predominantly appeared in Tamil films, and a few films in Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada. After making his debut with Kadhir's Kadhal Desam (1996), Abbas enjoyed success as the second lead actor in Tamil films from 1999 to 2009.
Mirza Abbas Ali
21 May 1975
|Spouse(s)||Erum Ali (m.2001-present)|
Abbas grew up watching Hindi and Bengali films, with his maternal grandfather being a film actor and his paternal family being related to actor Feroz Khan. He partook in modelling assignments since his college days and subsequently wanted to become an actor in Indian films. Initially after hearing that director Kadhir was looking for a new actor for his latest venture, Abbas had recommended his friends who knew Tamil to audition, and took part in a speculative audition at the insistence of his friends. Kadhir was impressed with Abbas' performance and invited him to a screen test for Kadhal Desam (1996), before eventually signing him on to play a leading role. Unfamiliar with the Tamil language, Abbas memorised his lines on the set of the film and Kadhir began the shoot with easier portions, in order to ease Abbas into his role. Featuring alongside Vineeth and Tabu, Kadhal Desam became a critical and commercial success and Abbas was dubbed by the media as a "heart-throb" and garnered several more acting offers. His busy schedule meant that he missed out on successful films including Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997) and Jeans (1998), and the Tamil films he appeared in such as Jolly (1998) Ini Ellam Sugame (1998), Aasai Thambi (1998) were predominantly box office failures. Meanwhile, the success of Kaadhal Desam's dubbed Telugu version, allowed him to make a breakthrough in Telugu films and his next ventures Priya O Priya (1997) and Rajahamsa (1998) were profitable. He also appeared in the youth-centric Kannada film, Shanti Shanti Shanti (1999), featuring alongside debutant Madhavan for the first time.
Following a spell of commercially disappointing Tamil films as the lead actor, Abbas worked on several prestigious films in the early 2000s as a second hero. He appeared as Rajinikanth's son-in-law in Padayappa (1999), before portraying the role of a doctor in Kamal Haasan's historical film, Hey Ram (2000). Abbas then appeared in Rajiv Menon's multi-starrer Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), in which he was paired with Aishwarya Rai, and the film went on to win positive reviews from critics. In 2001, he made further supporting appearances in the commercially successful films, Minnale by Gautham Menon and Aanandham by N. Linguswamy, as well in Pammal K. Sambandam (2002) with Kamal Haasan again, and critics labelled the period as a "career high". He appeared in a music video for Rajshri Pictures and was subsequently given the opportunity from producers to appear in Hindi films, then made his debut with Ansh (2002). The failure of the film prompted two further films, including Aur Phir with Bipasha Basu to be shelved, and he continued to appear in Tamil films in supporting roles through the mid 2000s.
With multi-starrers diminishing in Tamil cinema, Abbas appeared in some low-budget ventures such as Unarchigal (2005) and 47A Besant Nagar Varai (2006), before opting to pursue anti-hero roles. He starred as a womaniser in the horror film Shock (2004) and Thiruttu Payale (2006), and then also played a comic villain in Sadhu Miranda (2008) and Guru En Aalu (2009). In 2010, he made a return to Kannada films with the family drama Appu and Pappu, portraying the father of young boy. In recent years, Abbas has appeared in television serials, while he also portrayed scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Ramanujan (2014).
Abbas married Erum Ali, in 1999, a fashion designer; and the couple has a son Aymaan and a daughter Emira. Erum worked as costume designer in many films notably Aayirathil Oruvan and Guru En Aalu where his co-star Madhavan's wife, Saritha, too worked as designer. He currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand.
|Priya O Priya||Vamsi||Telugu|
|1998||Ini Ellam Sugame||Aravind||Tamil|
|Shanti Shanti Shanti||Raju||Kannada|
|1999||Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu||Moosakutty||Malayalam|
|Anaganga Oka Ammai||Sathya||Telugu|
|Krishna Babu||Vijay Babu||Telugu|
|Vinnukum Mannukum||Himself||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|2002||Pammal K. Sambandam||Anand||Tamil|
|Three Roses||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Azhagiya Theeye||Himself||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Dil Ke Peeche Peeche||Arjun||Hindi|
|2006||47A Besant Nagar Varai||Ramakhrishnan||Tamil|
|2008||Sadhu Miranda||Ram Mohan||Tamil|
|Guru En Aalu||Krishna||Tamil|
|2014||Savaari 2||Dinakar Shetty||Kannada|
|Ala Jarigindi Oka Roju||Rahul||Telugu|
|Ramanujan||Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis||English/Tamil|
|2013 - 2014||Vaidehi||Tamil||Jaya TV|
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- "Scripting a successful career". 3 June 2006 – via www.thehindu.com.
- "Abbas returns as Ramanujam in Kollywood". www.kollyinsider.com.
- "Metro Plus Chennai : It takes two pairs to tango". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2012.