Hamza Ali Abbasi (Urdu/Saraiki) born 23 June 1984) in Multan,Pakistan.[3] He is a film and television actor[4][5] and director.

Hamza Ali Abbasi
حمزہ علی عباسی
Hamza Ali Abbasi in 2022
Born (1984-06-23) 23 June 1984 (age 39)[1][2]
Alma materQuaid-i-Azam University
Years active2006–present
Known forPyaray Afzal
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
Parwaaz Hay Junoon
The Legend of Maula Jatt

He is best known for his roles as Afzal in the drama serial Pyarey Afzal (2013) and as Salahuddin in the drama serial Mann Mayal (2016).[6]

In 2013, he appeared in two feature films, Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and Waar,[7] for which he received the Best Star Debut Male and Best Supporting Actor awards at the 1st ARY Film Awards.[8]

In 2022, he played the antagonist in The Legend of Maula Jatt, the highest-grossing Pakistani film of all time as well as the highest-grossing Punjabi-language film of all time.

Early life and education edit

Abbasi was born into a Saraiki[9][10] family of civil servants to Major (Retd) Mazhar Ali Abbasi, an army officer, and Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry, a former judge and politician affiliated with the Pakistan Peoples Party.[11] His sister Dr. Fazeela Abbasi is a dermatologist.[12]

He was born a Muslim, then for a while became an atheist but now identifies as Muslim again.[13]

He gained his Bachelor's in International Relations from the United States and his Master's in the same subject from the Quaid-e-Azam University.[14][15]

He also passed the CSS exams and was working as a civil service officer in the police group before abandoning the job to concentrate on his passions, film-making and acting.[16]

Career edit

He started his career in 2006 as a theatre actor and appeared in several plays such as Bombay Dreams, Phantom of the Opera, and Home is Where Your Clothes Are. He made his directorial debut with the feature film Mud House and the Golden Doll, which he describes as a simple story about simple people.[17]

His breakthrough was the movie Waar (2013). He was initially an assistant director to Bilal Lashari, before the later offered him a role in the movie, that he considers important for his future career.[14]

He voiced Baba Bandook, the main antagonist, and Vadero Pajero in the Unicorn Black produced animated series, Burka Avenger.[18]

Politics edit

Hamza Ali Abbasi is a supporter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and he was elected as the cultural secretary of the party in January 2018. However, he resigned from this role in April of the same year because he felt that his movies did not represent Pakistan's culture well.[19]

In 2018, Hamza Ali Abbasi exposed journalist and former wife of Imran Khan, Reham Khan, by revealing the manuscript of her book beforehand. Reham Khan claimed to have been threatened directly by Abbasi via emails, but he denied these allegations. He believed that Reham Khan's claims were an attempt to tarnish his reputation due to his close relationship with Imran Khan.[20]

Theatre edit

Year Play Director
2006 Dally in the Dark Shah Sharabeel
2007 Bombay Dreams
Home is Where Your Clothes Are
The Addams Family
2008 Phantom of the Opera
2009 Tom, Dick and Harry
2010 Moulin Rouge Ghazala Siddiqui
2011 Bombay Dreams

Filmography edit

Film edit

Film are currently on Cinema
Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director Notes
2011 The Glorious Resolve Tariq Documentary film
Mudhouse And The Golden Doll Malang   Directorial debut
2013 Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Maulvi Majeed ARY Film Award for Best Star Debut Male
Waar SP Ehtesham Khattak ARY Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Saif Ahmed
2016 Ho Mann Jahaan Malang Baba Cameo appearance
2017 Shaan-e-Ishq Mehwish's brother
2018 Parwaaz Hay Junoon Sq/Ldr Hamza Ali Haider Lead role[21]
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 Saif Ahmed Special appearance as Imran Khan
2022 The Legend of Maula Jatt Noori Natt Antagonist
TBA Kambakht   Film in re-working process

Television edit

Year Title Role Note(s)
2012 Meray Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley Salaar/Azam TV debut
2013–2015 Burka Avenger Baba Bandook Voice over
2013 Pyaray Afzal Afzal Subhanullah Drama serial[22]
Ek Tha Raja aur Ek Thi Rani Farhan Telefilm
Gullo Weds Gulli Gullo
2016 Mann Mayal Salahuddin Drama serial
2019 Alif Qalb-e-Momin Drama serial[23]
2023 Jaan-e-Jahan Shehram Drama serial [24]

Hosting and judging edit

Year Show Role Channel Notes
2014 1st ARY Film Awards Co-host ARY Digital [25]
2015 3rd Hum Awards Co-host Hum TV
2018 Debate Headquarters Host BOL Network
2019 Pakistan Star Judge

Awards and nominations edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
ARY Film Awards
2014 Waar ARY Film Award for Best Supporting Actor[26] Won
Main Hoon Shahid Afridi ARY Film Award for Best Star Debut Male[26] Won
2016 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Best Supporting Actor[27] Won
Lux Style Awards
2015 Pyarey Afzal Best TV Actor[28] Won
2021[29] Alif Best TV Actor (Viewers' Choice) Nominated
Best TV Actor (Critics' Choice)
Hum TV Awards
2017 Mann Mayal Best Actor Popular[30] Won
2017 Mann Mayal Best Onscreen Couple[30] Won
International Pakistan Prestige Awards
2017 Style Icon of the Year Male[31][32] Won

References edit

  1. ^ Sophia Cook (February 17, 2015). "39 Facts: Hamza Ali Abbasi Mother Slapped Him In 1995". Archived from the original on March 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Web Desk (12 May 2016), "Six Pakistani celebrities and their real age", New Tribe. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Hamza Ali Abbasi, Naimal Khawar celebrate first anniversary with son". August 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Shakeel, Madiha (March 3, 2020). "Hamza Ali Abbasi has 'not quit' acting, will be back soon". Business Recorder. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  5. ^ "There is massive religious discrimination in Pakistan: Hamza Ali Abbasi". The Express Tribune. July 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "Pyare Afzal - the tragedy". ARY News. Amber Batool. August 14, 2014. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Hottie of the week: Hamza". The Express Tribune. August 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "ARY Film Awards 2014 - Complete Winners List". Brand Synario. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Pakistan Star Audition - Star Comedian - Bol Entertainment - Jhok Saraiki - جھوک سرائیکی. Retrieved April 8, 2024 – via www.youtube.com.
  10. ^ Uzair Anwer (21 August 2019), "It’s Official: Hamza Ali Abbasi Confirms Marriage To Naimal Khawar", Galaxy Lollywood. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  11. ^ Entertainment Desk (24 January 2015), "Hamza Ali Abbasi appointed PTI Karachi's culture secretary", Dawn News. Retrieved 5 July 2018
  12. ^ "Fazeela Abbasi Reveals About Her Bond With Brother Hamza Ali Abbasi". Bol News. July 7, 2023. Retrieved October 9, 2023.
  13. ^ "Hamza Ali Abbasi quits acting, reveals journey from atheism to Islam". The Express Tribune. November 15, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Hamza Ali Abbasi: From Police to Pyaray Afzal" (2 March 2015), hipinpakistan. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  15. ^ Saif Ali (10 November 2015), "These Facts About Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Life Will Leave You Speechless!", Parlho. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  16. ^ Zaidi, Jaffar Abbas (February 9, 2014). "Hamza Ali Abbasi – A Story of His Own". The Nation. Archived from the original on February 29, 2024.
  17. ^ "Hamza Ali Abbasi – our reason to believe in Pakistani cinema". Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  18. ^ "Burka Avenger all set to sweep negative elements off their feet". thenews.com.pk. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  19. ^ Asia Afzal (1 April 2015), "Hamza Ali Abbasi resigns as PTI Cultural Secretary", Business Recorder. 14 April 2019.
  20. ^ Hussain, Danish (June 2, 2018). "PTI ups hostility to Reham's book a notch". The Express Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  21. ^ Khan, Saira (September 8, 2016). "Hamza Ali Abbasi will not be a part of JPNA 2". HIP.
  22. ^ "Pyaray Afzal vs Nawaz Shareef's speech and winner is." The Express Tribune. Fatima Majeed. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  23. ^ "ALIF: Hamza Ali Abbasi and Sajal Ali's new drama serial – Watch on Geo TV". www.thenews.com.pk.
  24. ^ Images Staff (February 28, 2023). "Hamza Ali Abbasi is returning to our TV screens with drama Jaan-e-Jahaan". Images. Retrieved May 2, 2023.
  25. ^ "ARY boasts of first ever ARY Film Awards 2014 | BizAsia Media | The UK's only Asian media news site". Media247.co.uk. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  26. ^ a b "ARY Film Awards – the full list of winners". Karachista | Pakistani Fashion & Lifestyle Mag. April 28, 2014.
  27. ^ Iqbal, Sahar (April 18, 2016). "ARY Film Awards 2016: Complete Winners' List, Event Highlights & Pictures".
  28. ^ Ahmed, Bismah (October 1, 2015). "Lux Style Awards 2015 Winners' List & Highlights".
  29. ^ "https://tribune.com.pk/story/2324144/lsa-2021-winners-bayaan-and-pyaar-ke-sadqay-reign-supreme?" (20)
  30. ^ a b "Here's is the winners list of '5th HUM Awards 2017'". Daily Pakistan Global. May 2017.
  31. ^ "International Pakistan Prestige Awards Nominations Revealed!". Brandsynario. September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  32. ^ "The first International Pakistan Prestige Awards take place in London". Daily Times. September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.

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