Ahmed Ali Akbar

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Ahmed Ali Akbar
Born (1986-09-28) 28 September 1986 (age 37)[1]
Occupations
  • Actor
  • Singer
Years active1999
2008–present

Ahmed Ali Akbar (Urdu: احمد علی اکبر) is a Pakistani actor who primarily works in Urdu television. He marked his television debut at the age of thirteen in PTV's drama Stop Watch. He guest-starred in 2013 drama film Siyaah and started his professional acting career in 2014, since then he has appeared in several television series.[2] Akbar is best known for playing the titular character Parizaad in Hum TV's popular Parizaad in 2021 for which he won several awards including Hum Awards for Best Actor - Popular. His other notable works include Yeh Raha Dil (2017) and Ehd- E-Wafa (2019).[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Ahmed was born into a Punjabi family in Rawalpindi to tennis coach Muhammad Ali Akbar.[6] His brother Abid Ali Akbar is a tennis player.[7]

He played tennis on a national level before pursuing his film career.[8][9] He also played cricket and football at club level.[10] At one point he wanted to go into professional cricket but abandoned the option because of nepotism.[11]

Career[edit]

Early work as child artist, musician and theater actor[edit]

He marked his television career at the age of thirteen on PTV's drama Stop Watch, after which he was singing for a progressive rock band, the Islamabad-based Nafs, for some ten years before going back into acting on some friend's advice, in a play written by Osman Khalid Butt.[12]

Ali made his stage debut in 2008 and received critical appraisal for his work.[13]

Film debut and television success[edit]

He guest starred in his 2013 debut film Siyaah and started his professional television career in 2014, as a lead actor in the drama Shehr-e-Ajnabi.[14]

He then grabbed one of the leading roles in Parchi, in 2018, which was well received at the box-office. He also directed the stunts for the film.[15]

In 2019, he starred in Laal Kabootar, a crime-thriller movie set in Karachi, which is also music video director Kamal Khan's first feature film, sharing the screen with Mansha Pasha and Ali Kazmi, and which was well received by the critics.[16] The same year he also worked in the hit drama serial Ehd-e-Wafa which was ISPR's presentation and aired on PTV Home and Hum TV[17]

In 2021, he was the lead role in Parizaad, earning critical acclaim for his acting and winning several awards, including Hum Awards for Best Actor - Popular.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Additional notes
2013 Siyaah Faadi Azfar Jafri Cameo appearance
2015 Karachi se Lahore Sam Wajahat Rauf Supporting role
2016 Ho Mann Jahan Himself Asim Raza Cameo appearance
Lahore Se Aagey Sam Wajahat Rauf
2018 Parchi Saqlain Azfar Jafri Supporting role; also the stunt director[15]
2019 Laal Kabootar Adeel Nawaz Kamal Khan Lead role; won Best Actor Award at South Asian Film Festival.[19]
Heer Maan Ja Policeman Azfar Jafri Special appearance
2023 Gunjal Shahbaz Bhatti Shoaib Sultan Lead role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
1999 Stop Watch PTV
2013 Burka Avenger Peon (voice) Geo Tez
2014 Shehr-e-Ajnabi Haris A Plus
Dusri Bivi Aamir ARY Digital
2015 Ishq Parast Hamza
Guzaarish Zain
Nazo Habeel Urdu 1
Paiwand Hassam ARY Digital
2016 Mera Yaar Miladay Fahad
2017 Munkir Gulraiz TV One
Yeh Raha Dil Zaki Haroon Baig Hum TV
Phir Wohi Mohabbat Waleed
2018 Tajdeed e Wafa Arsal
2019 Ehd E Wafa Shahryar "Sherry" Afzal
2021 Parizaad Parizaad
2023 Idiot Gulzar Green TV

Theatre[edit]

Year Play Role
2012 The Taming of the Shrew Tranio[20]
2014 Grease Danny Zuko[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2018 6th Hum Awards Best On-Screen Couple Popular with (Yumna Zaidi) Yeh Raha Dil Nominated [18]
2020 19th Lux Style Awards Best Film Actor Viewers' Choice Laal Kabootar Won [22]
2022 8th Hum Awards Best Actor Male – Popular Parizaad Won [23]
Best On-Screen Couple – Popular with (Yumna Zaidi) Nominated [24]
Best Actor Male – Jury Won [25]
Best On-Screen Couple – Jury with (Yumna Zaidi) Nominated [26]
21st Lux Style Awards Best TV Actor (Critics' Choice) Won [27]
Best TV Actor Viewers' Choice Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mansha Pasha and Ahmed Ali Akbar's dance video goes viral". Daily Pakistan (newspaper). 29 September 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  2. ^ Sarym, Ahmed. "Ahmed Ali returns to the big screen". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Ahmed Ali Akbar Drama List – Ahmed Ali Akbar – Logicalbaat.com". LogicalBaat a home for News & Entertainment. 8 May 2020. Archived from the original on 14 September 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Ahmed Ali Akbar – Biography & Dramas List". Dramas Planet. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Ahmed Ali Akbar". IMDb. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Talent focus: Ahmed Ali Akbar; Actor and Phenomenon in the Making – The Kollective". The Kollective. 13 December 2017. Archived from the original on 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Abid Akbar - Men's Tennis Coach". University of Idaho Athletics.
  8. ^ Sarym, Ahmed. "Ahmed Ali returns to the big screen". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  9. ^ Kamal, Kainat (23 December 2016). "Interview With Ahmed Ali". The Blush Works. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  10. ^ Zahin, Naima (23 December 2016). "Artist Spotlight: Ahmed Ali Akbar". The Blushworks. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  11. ^ Rehman, Maliha (29 March 2019). "We thought we knew Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha. Laal Kabootar proved us wrong". dawn.com. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  12. ^ Rifaat, Haider. "Up close and personal with Parchi's Ahmed Ali Akbar: "You cannot pull people down if they are more talented than you; you have to push them up"". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  13. ^ Khan, Manal Faheem. "There's a new Ahmed Ali on the block!". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  14. ^ "An actor and a gentleman ‹ The Friday Times". The Friday Times. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Ahmed Ali Akbar; the man behind Parchi's action packed stunts!". HIP. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  16. ^ Khan, Saira (25 November 2018). "'Shooting for Laal Kabootar was one of the best experience I have had' says Ahmed Ali Akbar". HIP. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  17. ^ "Ehd E Wafa". hum.tv. 17 October 2019. Archived from the original on 7 April 2022. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  18. ^ a b "Hum Awards 2018: All the winners". Daily Times. 29 July 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  19. ^ NewsBytes. "Ahmed Ali Akbar bags Best Actor award at Washington DCSAFF 2019". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  20. ^ Syed Abbas Hussain ( 6–12 July 2012), "Tour de force"[permanent dead link], The Friday Times. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  21. ^ Hasan, Mehreen (2 February 2014). "Musical thriller: It's Grease alright but stops a tad short of lightning - Instep". thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  22. ^ "https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/495568-who-won-at-the-mega-lux-style-awrds-2019" (18)
  23. ^ "8th Hum Awards Winner List: Parizaad wins big, bagqing 9 awards in various categories". OyeYeah. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  24. ^ "8th Hum Awards Winner List: Parizaad wins big, bagqing 9 awards in various categories". OyeYeah. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  25. ^ "8th Hum Awards Complete Winners List". ReviewIt. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  26. ^ "8th Hum Awards Complete Winners List". ReviewIt. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  27. ^ https://tribune.com.pk/story/2387740/lsa-2022-and-the-nominees-are

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