Ali Kazmi

Ali Kazmi (born 31 October 1981), is a Canadian actor of Pakistani descent. He appears in English, Hindi and Urdu language films and televisionries. Apart from acting he has also worked as a host, director, producer and model.[2]

Ali Kazmi
Native name
علی کاظمی
Ali Arsalan Kazmi

(1981-10-31) 31 October 1981
Karachi, Pakistan
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
EducationToronto Film School[1]
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1995–present
Alizeh Khorasanee (m. 2007)
RelativesShyam (maternal grandfather)

Early life and career

Kazmi was born to the famous actor Rahat Kazmi and Sahira Kazmi (née Ansari), a well-known TV director, producer and actress[3] who's herself the daughter of the late Bollywood actor Shyam,[4] on 31 October 1981 in Karachi, Pakistan. He began his career as a child actor in 1995 TV series Zikr Hai Kai Saal Ka on PTV Home and then continued playing supporting or minor roles in television which includes Manzil (2006).[5] After completing his studies from Karachi, he moved to Canada and began acting and modeling there by appearing in TV series, commercials and plays. He also worked at China Syndrome Productions as a director and producer. One of his initial major roles was as a villain in the film The Dependables (2014). He also played a negative role in Mehreen Jabbar's Jackson Heights which gave him more popularity in Pakistan.[6]

In 2015, he starred in two commercially successful films, Rohit Jugraj Chauhan's Sardaar Ji (2015) and Deepa Mehta's Beeba Boys (2015) with Sarah Allen, Randeep Hooda and Gulshan Grover.[7] Kazmi has also appeared in the short film Coffee at Laundromat (2015) for which he has won Best Actor in a Short Film award at the World Music & Independent Film Festival 2016.[8][9]

He also appeared in Liam Neeson's short-lived TV series Taken (2016). "I play Marzoki, a fast talking, sharp, quirky analyst", said Kazmi in an interview regarding Taken.[1][10] He appeared in Mehreen Jabbar's Dobara Phir Se (2016) and the animated film The Breadwinner (2017) produced by Angelina Jolie.[11]

Ali was also signed to appear in Ajay Devgan's Shivaay. But due to not getting permission to shot in Canada where Kazmi is based, some changes were made in the script and his role was removed.[12][13] He is currently playing the role of Abid in Tu Ishq Hai.[14]

Personal life

Kazmi married his high school sweetheart Alizeh Khorasanee, whom he knew since the age of 12. They got married in Karachi and settled in Toronto. In 2014, their son was born.[15]

Because he travelled a lot around the world, Ali Kazmi can speak English, Urdu, Punjabi, Persian, Pashto, basic French and Arabic.[16]


Denotes films that have not yet been released
2009A Message from the EastIqbaldocumentary
2010The Strip Mall Rav
2011You Got Served: Beat the WorldDancer
2013ColdAlishort film
2014The DependablesRaazaq
2014AmericanistanMutaween #1short film
2014Bang Bang Babyassistant art director
2015Sardaar JiBilal Chaudry
2015Beeba BoysGuri
2015Jawani Phir Nahi AniDr.Aamir Liaquatcameo appearance
2016Coffee at LaundromartRajshort film
2016Dobara Phir SeVassay
2017The BreadwinnerCousin, Fruit Seller, Market Voices(voice)
2018Motorcycle GirlZafar
2019Laal KabootarNoman Malik
1987Dhoop KinareDr.Ahmar's childhoodPTV Home
1995Zikr Hai Kai Saal KaSuhailPTV Home
2006ManzilShabiARY Digital
2009The BorderCBC Television
2011SkinsAbbud's uncleMTV
2011Combat HospitalChaplain David NedayalGlobal, ABC
2011Covert AffairsRestorerUSA Network
2012KingSunil SharmaShowcase
2013Degrassi: The Next GenerationDoctorMuch
2014Jackson HeightsSikanderUrdu 1
2015Aik Aur Aik GyarahMan at the garageHum TV
2015Sehra Main SafarAyazHum TV
2016RogueAli ZaidAudience Network
2017BaaghiAbidUrdu 1
2017Moray SaiyaanAltamashARY Digital
2017BadnaamAfrazARY Digital
2018Tu Ishq HaiAffanHum TV
2019JaalArsalHum TV
Video games
2013Splinter Cell: BlacklistHindi Soldier 1(voice)
2014Far Cry 4Kaalinag, Bomb Maker, Monk, Rebel Soldiers(voice)
2016Far Cry Primal(voice)
2009The Indian Wants the Bronx[1]GuptaFringe theatre


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Ali Kazmi Best Actor in a Short Film at World Music & Independent Film Festival[9][8] Won

As Producer

(Under banner of Big Bang Entertainment)


  1. Saeed, Mehek (7 May 2016). "Actor Ali Kazmi shooting with 'Game of Thrones' director". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  2. Ahmad, Fouzia Nasir (21 June 2015). "First person: To newer 'heights'". Dawn. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  3. The portrait of a lady
  4. Actor Shyam (1920-1951) who died very young
  5. Ahmed, Ishtiaq (3 November 2013). "An evening with actor Shyam's family". Daily Times. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  6. Zehra, Syeda (19 June 2015). Rahman, Mir Javed; Hussain, Muhammad Rahat (eds.). "Ali Kazmi – A Powerhouse of Talent". Mag The Weekly. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  7. "Ali Kazmi only gets meaner in Deepa Mehta's Beeba Boys". Dawn. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  8. Shiraz Alwani, Sumaira (7 April 2016). "Pakistani Actor Ali Kazmi to Star In 'Taken Movie' TV Prequel". Brandsynario. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  9. "2016 Partial Nominee List". World Music & Independent Film Festival. Archived from the original on 11 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  10. "Liam Neeson's Taken gets a TV prequel, and it stars Ali Kazmi". Dawn Images. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  11. Sarym, Ahmed (15 April 2016). "All that Ali Kazmi is up to this year!". HIP. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  12. Sarym, Ahmed (4 August 2016). "Ali Kazmi no longer a part of Ajay Devgan's Shivaay?". HIP. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  13. Staff, Images (7 August 2016). "Ali Kazmi will no longer be appearing in Ajay Devgan's directorial debut flick". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  14. "Ali Kazmi and Saba Qamar pair up for drama serial Baaghi". TheNews. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  15. Bukhari, Sanober (19 November 2015). "Up Close with Actor, Dad, Ali Kazmi". masalamommas. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
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