Asif Basra

Asif Basra is an Indian film, television, and theatre actor. He is best known for his role in the American comedy film Outsourced.[1]

Asif Basra
Asif Basra at DIFF 2016
Born27 July 1967
Amravati, Maharashtra,India
Years active1998–present


He performed in Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday and Rahul Dholakia's Parzania, which received much critical appreciation. He appeared in Michael O. Sajbeland's One Night with the King with veteran actors like Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole.[2] He played a tailor in the Hindi movie Lamhaa; he was in Bollywood's 2010 top grossing 2010 film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai as Shoib's (Emraan Hashmi) father.[3]

Theatrical performance

Basra is also known for his theatrical performances from playing five characters in Feroz Abbas Khan's production of Mahatma v/s Gandhi, a play that is considered one of the most successful in Indian theatre. Other performances include a child with spina bifida in Main Bhi Superman and Horatio in Hamlet.[4]


Year Film/television Role
1998 Woh history teacher Omkarnath dikshit
2003 Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula Aakash
2003 Quicksand Airman
2004 Black Friday Shanawaz Qureshi
Love in Nepal Ram Mohan
2005 Parzania
2006 Outsourced Puro N. Virajnarianan
One Night with the King Cameo
Mixed Doubles Doctor
2007 Jab We Met Station vendor 1
2008 Tandoori Love T.V. Kumar
2009 Chal Chala Chal Harilal
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Shoib's dad
Lamhaa Tailor
Knock Out Police Inspector
2013 Kai Po Che Ali's father
Krrish 3 Dr. Alok Sen
2014 Ek Villain Aisha's father
Manjunath Devendra
Anjaan (Tamil) Rajiv
2016 Saanjh (Himachali) Sanju's Father
Wrong Side Raju (Gujarati) Amitabh Shah
Freaky Ali Kishan Lal
2017 Sheitaan
2018 Kaalakaandi
2018 Hichki Shyamlal


  1. Seitz, Matt Zoller (28 September 2007). "Outsourced - Movies - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. Profile Archived 2 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "In a first, Bollywood actor Asif Basra to star in Pahari movie". 2 July 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  4. Movie

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