Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi (Urdu/Punjabi: حمزہ علی عباسی; born 23 June 1984) is a Pakistani former film and television actor and director. He is known for his roles as Afzal in the drama serial Pyarey Afzal, and as Salahuddin in the drama serial Mann Mayal.[3]

Hamza Ali Abbasi
حمزہ علی عباسی
Native name
حمزہ علی عباسی
Born (1984-06-23) 23 June 1984[1][2]
ResidenceIslamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
Alma materQuaid-i-Azam University
University of Pennsylvania
Years active2006–present
Known forPyaray Afzal
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
Parwaaz Hay Junoon
Naimal Khawar (m. 2019)

Abbasi began his acting career in 2006 in the play Dally in the Dark, which was produced by Shah Shahrahbeel. He made his film debut in a short film, The Glorious Resolve (2010), directed by Bilal Lashari. In 2013, he appeared in two feature films, Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and Waar,[4] for which he received the Best Star Debut Male and Best Supporting Actor awards at the 1st ARY Film Awards.[5]


Abbasi was born into a Punjabi[6][7] family of civil servants to Major (Retd) Mazhar Ali Abbasi, an army officer, and Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry, a politician affiliated with the Pakistan Peoples Party.[8] His sister, Fazeela Abbasi, is a dermatologist.[9]


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.[10][11]

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.[12]


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.[13] He considers his breakthrough to be 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.[10] He voiced Baba Bandook, the main antagonist, and Vadero Pajero in the Unicorn Black produced animated series, Burka Avenger.[14]


Being an explicit and vocal strong supporter of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, of which he was elected the cultural secretary in January 2018 before quitting the function in April of the same year because he didn't feel "to represent Pakistan’s culture" through his movies,[15] it has led Abbasi to release controversial statements and accusation over twitter and BOL Network.

In 2018 he exposed journalist and former wife of Imran Khan, Reham Khan, by revealing the manuscript of the book beforehand. She also claimed to have been threatened directly by Humza Ali Abbasi via emails. When Abbasi denied the claim, Khan further stated that it was gimmick of Reham Khan's to malign him because of his closeness to Imran Khan.[16]

Personal life

Abbasi is a practising Muslim.[17] During his teenage years he was an atheist but later he converted to Islam.[17]


Year Play Director
2006 Dally in the Dark Shah Shahrahbeel
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



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 Yes Directorial debut
2013 Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Maulvi Majeed ARY Film Award for Best Star Debut Male
Waar Ehtisham ARY Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Saif
2016 Ho Mann Jahaan Malang Baba Cameo appearance
2017 Shaan-e-Ishq Mehwish's Brother Cameo appearance
2018 Parwaaz Hay Junoon[18] Hamza
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 Saif special appearance as Imran Khan
2019 The Legend of Maula Jatt Noori Nath
TBA Kambakht Yes Film in re-working process


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, Main role[19]
Ek Tha Raja aur Ek Thi Rani Farhan Telefilm
Gullo Weds Gooli Gullo Telefilm
2016 Mann Mayal Salahuddin Drama serial, Main role
2019 Alif Momin Released on 5 October[20]

Hosting and judging

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee / work Award Result
ARY Film Awards
2014 Waar ARY Film Award for Best Supporting Actor[23] Won
Main Hoon Shahid Afridi ARY Film Award for Best Star Debut Male[23] Won
2016 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Best Supporting Actor[24] Won
Lux Style Awards
2015 Pyarey Afzal Best TV Actor[25] Won
2016 Best Dressed Male [26] Won
Hum TV Awards
2017 Mann Mayal Best Actor Popular[27] Won
2017 Mann Mayal Best Onscreen Couple[27] Won
International Pakistan Prestige Awards
2017 Style Icon of the Year Male[28][29] Won


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