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Indian actor and model (born 1986)

Ali Fazal

Fazal in 2017
Born (1986-10-15) 15 October 1986 (age 36)

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Alma mater St Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • Actor
  • model
Years active 2008–present
Richa Chadda

(m 2022)

Ali Fazal (born 15 October 1986) is an Indian actor and model who primarily appears in Hindi films He made his screen debut with a small role in the English language film The Other End of the Line before appearing in the American television miniseries Bollywood Hero He was seen in films like Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011), Baat Ban Gayi (2013) and Bobby Jasoos (2014) His first success came in Fukrey (2013) and Sonali Cable (2014)

Fazal made his Bollywood debut with a cameo appearance in 3 Idiots (2009) and next appeared in Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011) He played the leading role in the horror film Khamoshiyan (2015) followed by his first American film Furious 7 (2015), and Happy Bhag Jayegi opposite Diana Penty in 2016 Fazal starred in the British-American film Victoria & Abdul, which depicts the relationship of Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her confidant, Indian servant Abdul Karim (Fazal) The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2017 The costumes worn by the lead actors in the film have been added as part of the official display at Osborne House

Fazal is popularly recognized for playing the character of Guddu Pandit in the Amazon Prime Video’s crime thriller Mirzapur

Early life and education

Ali Fazal was born in Gangaram Hospital, Delhi and grew up in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh For a very brief period he went to International Indian School, Dammam He also went to La Martiniere College in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and then moved to the all-boys boarding school, The Doon School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand At Doon, he took up acting and participated in many Founder’s Day theatre productions He is said to have “found his calling” when he played the role of Trinculo, the jester in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest After Doon, Fazal went to Mumbai, and graduated in economics from St Xavier’s College

Personal life

Fazal walking the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week, 2015

In February 2015, Fazal joined a Cancerthon organised by NDTV and Fortis to create awareness about cancer and raising funds for children battling the disease He has though now left the work Along with Tochi Raina, Fazal participated in a musical concert to raise funds for victims of the earthquake in Nepal

Fazal is Muslim, he performed Umrah in January 2022 He shared his journey to Mecca and Medina on Instagram

In 2014, Fazal made an entry on The Times of India’s listing of the “Most Desirable Man” Fazal has been in a relationship with Richa Chadha, though their marriage plans had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic In 2019 Power Brands honored Fazal with “Power Brand: Industry Trendsetter” at BFJA (Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards) On 17 June 2020, Fazal’s mother died due to health complications in Lucknow Ali Fazal’s grandfather died on Saturday 24 April 2021

On 23 September 2022, he and his partner actress Richa Chadda announced their marriage and said that the ceremonies would be eco-friendly On 4 October 2022, he married Richa Chadda in a ceremony in Lucknow


2008–11: early work

Fazal appeared in a small role in the James Dodson—directed romantic comedy film The Other End of the Line (2008) The film was a critical and commercial failure He next appeared in the American television miniseries Bollywood Hero (2009) where he portrayed the role of Monty Kapoor During his second year of college, Saeed Akhtar Mirza saw him in a play and picked him for the lead of erotic thriller Ek Tho Chance (2009), alongside Amrita Arora and Saurabh Shukla The film focused on the realities and comedies inherent in life in Mumbai The film premiered at 14th International Film Festival of Kerala

Fazal at a promotional event for Always Kabhi Kabhi, 2011

The same year, Fazal made his Bollywood film debut with Rajkumar Hirani’s National Film Award-winning 3 Idiots, a film loosely based on the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat He was doing a theatre play at Prithvi Theatre in Juhu, when a person from the film’s production unit noticed him and referred him to Hirani Co-starring alongside Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi, Fazal played the role of an engineering student, Joy Lobo The film received critical acclaim and emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time up until then, grossing 3,920 million (US$49 million) worldwide

In 2011, Fazal was picked up by Shah Rukh Khan’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment for the Roshan Abbas–directed romance film Always Kabhi Kabhi Appearing opposite Giselli Monteiro, Fazal plays the role of Sameer Khanna and had to lose 15 kilos for the role The film received negative response from the critics and was a box office failure While Komal Nahta of Koimoi said Fazal acted reasonably well, Gaurav Malani from The Times of India picked him as best in the cast Later in an interview, Fazal said that doing the film was not a good decision


Fazal’s first release of 2013 was in the coming of age comedy film Fukrey, in which he portrayed the role of Zafar, a struggling musician The film along with his performance received mixed responses from critics Nishi Tiwari from Rediffcom said he wore a “dazed expression” throughout the film, and Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV felt his role was “underwritten”

The same year, Fazal appeared in the romantic comedy film Baat Bann Gayi, which was considered a parody on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors He portrayed the dual roles of Kabir, a successful novelist from Singapore, and Rasiya Bihari, a local don The film met with negative reactions from critics and failed at the box office, though Fazal was praised for his acting Faheem Ruhani from India Today considered him as an upcoming talent to “watch out for”, while The Times of India affirmed he is “standing out” from the cast

In 2014, Fazal appeared in a supporting role opposite Vidya Balan in the comedy-drama Bobby Jasoos Initially, Fazal refused the role since he felt he had “nothing much to do in it”, but later agreed because of the “unusual romance” between him and Balan Fazal’s role as Tasawur, a popular local TV anchor who helps a Hyderabadi woman who aspires to be a detective (played by Balan), was well received Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama described Fazal as a “complete revelation”: “Although pitted against a powerhouse performer like Vidya, Ali makes his presence felt with a wonderful performance”

The same year he appeared in the film Sonali Cable opposite Rhea Chakraborty, where he portrayed the role of Raghu Fazal did his first on-screen intimate scene for a song in the film along with Chakraborty His acting received mixed response from critics, where many criticised him for “recent stereotyped roles” Mohar Basu from Koimoi commented, “Ali Fazal is not even close to what he is capable of The actor has good potential and this film fails to unleash it”, though Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India felt he was “likeable in his character” Both films received mixed to negative response from critics and were declared to be box office flops

Fazal next took the lead role in the psychological horror thriller Khamoshiyan (2015) He portrayed the role of Kabir, an alcoholic novelist, whose failed career and relationship forced him to move to Kashmir in search of an inspirational story The film was a critical failure, though Fazal’s performance was well received Bollywood Hungama said: “He has a wide range of emotions that effortlessly inhabit his face” The Hindu critic Arjun Kumar described him as a “natural performer with effective screen presence” Reportedly, Fazal was offered a role in the American political thriller television series Homeland, but he had to reject the offer since he had already commenced shooting for Khamoshiyan and ultimately the role went to Nimrat Kaur

Fazal made his Hollywood film debut with a special appearance in the action film Furious 7, the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious film series In the film review, The Hindu wrote: “Ali Fazal turns up in a fleeting cameo and before we could breath in his presence he is ejected out of the scenery” Fazal said that he had only three scenes, but Subhash K Jha from Bollywood Hungama considered those scenes “delightful” But it must be considered as a part of story in furious as the friend of Ramsey

Fazal was next seen in an Indo-American film, For Here Or To Go which revolves around two Indian immigrants who find it difficult to build a successful life away from home The film played at many international film festivals That same year, Fazal played the leading role in the Yash Raj Films youth studio Y-Films web-series Bang Baaja Baaraat

In 2016 Fazal played in Anand L Rai’s Happy Bhag Jayegi opposite Abhay Deol and Diana Penty The film was a critical and commercial success Fazal featured alongside Kalki Koechlin, in Soni Razdan’s Love Affair, a fictionalised version of the 1959 Nanavati murder case In addition, he has committed to star opposite Shriya Saran in Prakash Raj’s romantic comedy Tadka

In 2017, Fazal appeared in the sequel Fukrey Returns He also starred in the British-American film Victoria & Abdul, which depicts the relationship of Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her confidant, Indian servant Abdul Karim

In 2018, he appeared in spin-off Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi and played Guddu Pandit in the web series Mirzapur

In 2019, he was cast in Milan Talkies, Prassthanam and Netflix film House Arrest

In 2020 he continued his role of Guddu Pandit in Mirzapur season 2 He has also been cast in the film Death on the Nile as Andrew Katchadouriaan, a film based on Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name

In 2021 he turned producer He started his own film production company named Pushing Buttons Studios with Richa Chadha


Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2008 The Other End of the Line Vij Special appearance
2009 3 Idiots Joy Lobo
Ek Tho Chance Smridh
2011 Always Kabhi Kabhi Sameer “Sam” Khanna
2013 Fukrey Zafar
Baat Ban Gayi Kabir / Rasiya Bihari
2014 Bobby Jasoos Tasawur Sheikh
Sonali Cable Raghu
2015 Khamoshiyan Kabir Walia
For Here Or To Go Vivek Pandit Indian-American film
Furious 7 Safar Hollywood film
Special appearance
2016 Xuanzang Jayaram Chinese film
Happy Bhag Jayegi Guddu
2017 Love Affair Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati
Fukrey Returns Zafar
Victoria & Abdul Abdul Karim English film
2018 Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Guddu
2019 Milan Talkies Annu
Prassthanam Ayushmann Singh
House Arrest Karan Netflix film
2022 Death on the Nile Andrew Katchadourian Hollywood film
Tadka Siddharth Released on Zee5
Khufiya TBA Netflix film
TBA Kandahar TBA Hollywood film
Fukrey 3 Zafar Filming


Year Title Role(s) Platform Notes Ref(s)
2009 Bollywood Hero Monty Kapoor IFC 3 episodes
2015 Bang Baaja Baaraat Pawan Y-Films 5 episodes
2016 Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa Himself Episode: Pregnancy
2018–present Mirzapur Govind ‘Guddu’ Pandit Amazon Prime Video 19 episodes
2019 Mind the Malhotras Himself Episode: He Says, She Says
2020 Forbidden Love Dev ZEE5 Episode: Arranged Marriage
2021 Ray Ipsit Nair Netflix Episode: Forget Me Not
Call My Agent: Bollywood Himself Episode 5

Short films

Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
2010 Sleeping Awake Un­known
2012 According To Plan A Abhi
2015 Cheers Himself
2017 Triyacharitra Ajay Rawat
2020 Listen to Her Husband
2021 Prince Innerwear Un­known
2022 The Astronaut and His Parrot TBA

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2016 Pyaar Manga Hai Un­known
2020 Aaj Bhi Un­known

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2017 Hamptons International Film Festival Variety 10 Actors to Watch Won
2018 Vogue Beauty Awards Most Beautiful Couple of the Year Won (Shared with Richa Chadda)
2019 IWM Digital Awards Most Popular Supporting Actor in a Web Series Mirzapur Nominated
2021 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor – Web Series Nominated
Filmfare OTT Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

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