Ali Abbas Zafar

Ali Abbas Zafar is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter. He is known for directing the films Sultan (2016), Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) and Bharat (2019).

Ali Abbas Zafar
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Zafar in 2020
Sultan Ali Abbas Zafar
Alma materKirori Mal College
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, assistant director
Years active2007–present
Known forSultan, Tiger Zinda Hai, Bharat
Home townDehradun, Uttarakhand, India[1]


Zafar is a graduate of Kirori Mal College, New Delhi.[2] He entered the film industry as an assistant director, with multiple projects for the production company Yash Raj Films (YRF). He then made his own directorial and screen-writing debut with the romantic comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011). The film revolved around a young man (Imran Khan) who finds a bride (Katrina Kaif) for his older brother (Ali Zafar), but then finds that he himself has fallen in love with her.[1]

His next film was the action drama Gunday (2014), set in Calcutta in the 1970s and 1980s. The film starred Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor as powerful bandits, Priyanka Chopra as a cabaret dancer whom they both fall in love with, and Irrfan Khan as a police officer pursuing them.[3][4] Gunday received mostly positive reviews from critics.

Zafar's next film was the blockbuster sports drama Sultan (2016) starring Salman Khan as a wrestling champion from Haryana, with Anushka Sharma as a female wrestler who becomes a love interest for Khan's character. The film received positive reviews from critics and has emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films.

His next film is the action thriller Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) the sequel to YRF's Ek Tha Tiger (2012). The film stars Salman Khan as a RAW agent and Katrina Kaif as an ISI spy reprising their roles from the first film and is about the both of them accepting a rescue mission to free 40 nurses, 25 Indian and 15 Pakistani, from a ruthless militant. The film released in December 2017 and received generally positive reviews from critics, and became a major commercial success emerging as the highest-grossing films of the year and one of the highest-grossing Indian films.[5]

In May 2018, he began pre-production of the film Bharat, which is slated to be released on Eid, 2019. The trailer of this film was released on 22 April 2019[6] It stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Tabu (actress), and is an official adaptation of the Korean film, Ode to My Father. It marks the third collaboration between Khan and Ali.[7]


  Denotes feature films that are not yet released


Year Title Director Screenwriter Assistant Director Producer Notes
2007 Marigold Yes
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Yes
2008 Tashan Yes
2009 New York Yes
2010 Badmaash Company Yes
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Yes Yes
2014 Gunday Yes Yes
2016 Sultan Yes Yes Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director
2017 Tiger Zinda Hai Yes Yes
2019 Bharat Yes Yes
2020 Khaali Peeli Yes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Category Nominee Result Ref(s)
Mirchi Music Awards
2014 Album of The Year Gunday Nominated [8]


  1. ^ a b Kapoor, Jaskiran (13 October 2010). "Director's Cut". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Meet Director Ali Abbas Zafar". 8 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ IANS (16 October 2012). "Priyanka Chopra joins 'Gunday' gang". Mid Day. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  4. ^ Iti Shree Misra (24 August 2012). "Ali Abbas and Yash Raj team up again". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Tiger Zinda Hai first look: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif are back in this thriller". The Indian Express. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Times Of India".
  7. ^ "'Bharat': Director Ali Abbas Zafar gives us a sneak peek from the first day of the film's shoot - Bollywood celebs' Instagram pics you should not miss! - The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  8. ^ "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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