Asif Ali is an actor and producer mainly known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He made his debut as a supporting actor in Shyamaprasad’s Ritu along with Nishan and Rima Kallingal. The critically acclaimed film landed the actor in projects like Apoorvaragam, Idhu Nammude Kadha. His most popular movies are Salt N Pepper, Honey Bee (2013), Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (2014), Anuraga Karikkin Vellam (2016), Adventure Of Omanakuttan (2017) and B.Tech (2018). He ventured into film production by launching his own banner, Adam’s World of Imagination. The first film to come out from the company was Kohinoor in 2015.
Asif Ali Early Life
Asif Ali was born to politician Shaukath Ali and Molly Ali in 4th February 1986 at Ranni, Pathanamthitta. The family later shifted to Karikkode, Thodupuzha. Asif finished his schooling in De Paul Public School, Thodupuzha and later at Rajarshi Memorial School, Thrippunithura. After finishing his school education, Asif joined Marian College, Kuttikanam to obtain a degree in Business Administration. After his college education, he was selected for Ritu, a 2009 drama film directed by Shyamaprasad.
Asif Ali Family
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Asif Ali was born to Shaukath Ali and Molly Ali at Thodupuzha on 4th February 1986. His father Shaukath Ali is a politician and is a member of Thodupuzha’s local governing body while his mother is a homemaker. Asif married Zama Mazreen who hails from Kannur in a traditional ceremony at Kannur on May 25th, 2013. The couple has a son, Adam Ali and a daughter, Haya Mazrin Ali.
Asif Ali Career
The actor had already made a name for himself as an anchor in a popular TV Channel. His debut movie, Ritu had him playing Sunny Immatti alongside newbies Rima Kallingal and Nishan. Though he was only one of the leads, Asif’s portrayal of the multi-layered character was appreciated.
After the success of the film, he then starred in Sathyan Anthikkad’s Kadha Thudarunnu (2010). The film had him in a supporting role but Asif’s third film, Apoorvaragam hit the jackpot. The fresh, young theme of the movie became very popular among the youth. In the same year, he also starred as Manu in MA Nishad’s Best of Luck.
In the following year, Asif was seen in films like Traffic, Salt N Pepper, Violin, Sevenes, Doctor Love and Indian Rupee. While Rajesh Pillai’s Traffic and Aashiq Abu’s Salt N Pepper became big hits and went on to start a trend of young filmmakers making movies on fresh topics in a low budget. 2012 saw the actor appearing in the most number of movies in his career – 13. He starred in multi-starrers like Mallu Singh, Bachelor Party, Husbands In Goa, Idiots etc. He also starred alongside Mammootty in Jawan Of Vellimala and the critically acclaimed Ozhimuri. While films like Asuravithu, Unnam and Bachelor Party didn’t create any ripples at the box-office, Husbands In Goa, Ordinary and his cameo in Ustad Hotel became successful.
The following year came two of Asif Ali’s career-defining movies – Kili Poyi and Honey Bee. The movies are important for their role in positioning Asif Ali as an urban-youth star. While Kili Poyi claims to be the first stoner movie in Malayalam, Honey Bee tells the story of young romance set in fort Kochi’s backdrop. He also starred in Cowboy, with Mohanlal and Fahadh in Red Wine, D Company, and Bicycle Thieves. He also made his debut as a playback singer with Bicycle Thieves.
In 2014, Asif Ali was seen in a diverse set of films like Pakida, Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal, Apothecary and Mylanchi Monchulla Veedu. He was also seen in Honey Bee director Jean Paul Lal’s second directorial, Hi I’m Tony and in a cameo in Jibu Jacob’s sleeper hit, Vellimoonga. While films like Pakida and Hi I'm Tony were registered as an average at the B-O, his performance in Anil Radhakrishna Menon’s Sapthamasree Thaskaraha and Madhav Ramadasan’s Apothecary won him accolades.
Asif ventured into film production with the Vinay Govind directed Kohinoor in 2015. The film had him play a rookie thief set in 80’s Thrissur. The film fared well at the box office and won praise for him and his film production company, Adam’s World of Imagination. He also starred in Roopesh Peethambaran’s You Too Brutus, Lijo Jose Pellisserry’s Double Barrel and Rajamma @ Yahoo. He also played a cameo in comedian Nadirshah’s directorial debut, Amar Akbar Anthony.
Asif’s long-awaited film, Ithu Thaanda Police was released in 2016. The film, which was supposed to release in early 2015, had been in the cans for unknown reasons. Asif had a major hit in his career through Anuraga Karikkin Vellam. Directed by debutant Khalid Rahman, the film became a sleeper hit and grossed more than 14 Crore at the box office. His next film Kavi Uddheshichathu..? which released the same year, hardly saw any critical or box office success. The also starred Biju Menon and Narain alongside Asif Ali.
2017 turned out to be another formative year for Asif Ali. Honey Bee 2, his first release of the year, was the much-awaited sequel to his earlier hit movie Honey Bee. The movie couldn't live up its prequel and sank down at the box office. Asif was next seen in a supporting role in the acclaimed movie Take Off which starred Parvathy, Fahadh Faasil, and Kunchacko Boban. The film saw immense critical success but his performance along with Fahadh's and Kunchacko Boban's was shadowed by the excellent and outstanding performance by Parvathy and therefore failed to get a mention. The later releases were Adventures Of Omanakuttan, Avarude Raavukal, Thrissivaperoor Kliptham, and Kaattu. While Kaattu and Adventure Of Omanakuttan throw some light into the stunning performer in him, Sunday Holiday went on to be a blockbuster success.
Other Roles Within The Industry
Asif Ali has floated his own production company titled ‘Adam’s world of Imagination’. The venture is co-owned by the actor, Sajin Jaffer, and Brijesh Muhammed. The company has also bankrolled two more films like Kavi Uddheshichath ? and A Beautiful Game. The actor is also a restaurateur and owns a bake joint called Waffle Street at Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Ernakulam.
Asif Ali Awards
The actor bagged the Best Villain trophy at the 2010 Asianet Film Awards for his powerful performance as Tomy in Sibi Malayil’s Apoorvaragam. In 2011, along with Mythili, he won the Best Star Pair Award for the film Salt N Pepper at the Asianet Film Awards. In 2016, Asif Ali has been awarded the Special Jury for Best Actor at the Film Critics Award for his performance in Niranayakam (2015).
Asif Ali Business
The actor owns a bake joint called ‘Waffle Street’ at Panampilly Nagar, Kochi. The joint specializes in donuts, waffles and cakes.
Asif Ali Television
Asif was briefly a TV anchor before breaking into movies. He worked as a VJ in the Malayalam music channel, Yes Indiavision.
Asif Ali Education
Asif finished his schooling in De Paul Public School, Thodupuzha and later at Rajarshi Memorial School, Thrippunithura. He later acquired a degree in Business Administration from Marian College, Kuttikanam.
Schooling: De Paul Public School, Thodupuzha
Pre University: Rajarshi Memorial School, Thripunithura.
Graduation: Marian College, Kuttikanam
Asif Ali Trivia & Facts
- Son of MP Shaukath Ali, ex-chairman of Thodupuzha municipality
- Born in Ranni, Pathanamthitta and later shifted to Thodupuzha.
- Did modeling during college days
- Has an album titled ‘Aadhyamayi’ before his started out in the industry.
- Worked as a popular VJ before making his debut in movies.
- An ardent fan of motorcycles and owns a Honda CBR Fireblade.
- Was injured doing a bike stunt for Jean Paul Lal’s ‘Honey Bee’.
- Married to Zama Nazreen
- Played a cameo in Ustad Hotel, Doctor Love, Mallu Singh, Indian Rupee, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Take Off.
Asif Ali Controversies
Asif Ali landed up in a controversy when he compared the famous Lords Cricket Ground as the Mecca of cricket in May 2015. This comment irked fundamentalists and a huge uproar was started against the actor on social media.
He was again the center point of a controversy in July 2016. This time the issue was a family photo he posted on his Facebook page. Apparently, some didn’t like Asif’s wife not wearing a hijab and an outburst followed. The actor refused to comment on the issue but posted another photo of his family, with Zama still not wearing a traditional hijab, thus silently giving a reply.
In 2017, following the release of Adventures Of Omanakuttan, Asif Ali came on a live video on Facebook and pleaded to the audience to watch the film which was on the brink of falling out of theatres, despite getting largely positive reviews from the critics. Asif openly said that his choice films have affected the trust of the audience in him as an actor and said that he will be careful in the future while choosing films.
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