Hamza Ali Abbasi Biography: Hamza Ali Abbasi (Urdu/Saraiki), born on June 23, 1984, is a Pakistani film and television actor and director. He is best known for his roles as Afzal in the drama serial “Pyarey Afzal” (2013) and Salahuddin in the drama serial “Mann Mayal” (2016).

In 2013, Abbasi appeared in two feature films, “Main Hoon Shahid Afridi” and “Waar,” for which he received the Best Star Debut Male and Best Supporting Actor awards at the 1st ARY Film Awards. In 2022, he played the antagonist in “The Legend of Maula Jatt,” the highest-grossing Pakistani film of all time and the highest-grossing Punjabi-language film ever.

Hamza Ali Abbasi Biography, Family, Early life, Career

Born 23 June 1984 (age 39)

Multan, Punjab, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater Quaid-e-Azam University
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Muslim Religious student
Years active 2006–present
Known for Pyaray Afzal
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
Parwaaz Hai Junoon

The Legend Of Maula Jutt

Early life & Education

Abbasi was born into a Saraiki family of civil servants. His father, Major (Retd) Mazhar Ali Abbasi, was an army officer, and his mother, Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry, was a former judge and politician affiliated with the Pakistan Peoples Party. His sister, Dr. Fazeela Abbasi, is a dermatologist.

Originally born a Muslim, Abbasi experienced a period of atheism before reaffirming his Muslim faith. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the United States and a Master’s degree in the same field from Quaid-e-Azam University.

After passing the CSS exams, Abbasi worked as a civil service officer in the police group but eventually left the job to pursue his passions for filmmaking and acting.


Hamza Ali Abbasi opens up about his marriage and 'parenting ...

Appearing on Mazaq Raat, the elusive Naimal Khawar engaged in a candid conversation with host Imran Ashraf. The two delved into various aspects of her life, including how she met her husband, actor Hamza Ali Abbasi, and her future in acting.

When asked about how her love story with Hamza began, Naimal revealed, “We met during the shoot of my first film, Verna. The meeting lasted just two seconds. Later, he messaged me about work, specifically regarding a painting. He then attended my exhibition, and the rest is history.” She added, “He asked me to make a painting for him, and we continued talking about work. Once the painting was completed—” Imran interjected with, “A new painting began.”

Naimal continued, “I went to study abroad after that. A few months later, he sent a marriage proposal. The proposal arrived at my home, and there was a small meeting between him and my father. My father insisted on meeting him first, without my presence, since no one in my family is from the industry. Being a Pakhtun, my father wanted to ensure everything was proper. Hamza met my father, received his approval, and we got married.”


He began his career in 2006 as a theatre actor, performing 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.

His breakthrough came with the movie “Waar” (2013). Initially, he was an assistant director to Bilal Lashari, who later offered him a role in the film, which Abbasi considers pivotal for his career.

Abbasi also lent his voice to the characters Baba Bandook, the main antagonist, and Vadero Pajero in the Unicorn Black-produced animated series “Burka Avenger.”

Role in Politics

Hamza Ali Abbasi is a supporter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and was elected as the party’s cultural secretary in January 2018. However, he resigned from the position in April of the same year, feeling that his movies did not adequately represent Pakistan’s culture.

In 2018, Abbasi brought attention to journalist Reham Khan, the former wife of Imran Khan, by revealing the manuscript of her book prior to its release. Reham Khan claimed that Abbasi had threatened her via emails, which he denied. He believed that her claims were an attempt to tarnish his reputation due to his close relationship with Imran Khan.

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