Hamza Ali Abbasi is a Pakistani film & TV actor and film director. He is known for appearing in the Pakistani dramas ‘Pyarey Afzal’ (2013) and ‘Mann Mayal’ (2016).
Hamza Ali Abbasi was born on Saturday, 23 June 1984 (age 38 years; as of 2022) in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan. His zodiac sign is Taurus.
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s childhood picture
While he was in school, he was not fluent in English.
Hamza Ali Abbasi in his school days
He pursued Bachelor in International Relations at JCC Kansas City, KS, USA. He did his post-graduation at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Hamza then appeared for Central Superior Service Exam and was selected for the Pakistan Police force.
Height: 5′ 11″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Light Brown
Hamza belongs to a Muslim Punjabi family.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Mazhar Ali Abbasi, is a Major (retd.) from Pakistan Army.
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s childhood picture with his father
His mother, Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry, is a politician, and she is associated with the Pakistani political party Pakistan Peoples Party.
Hamza Ali Abbasi with his mother
He has a sister named Fazeela Abbasi, who works as a dermatologist.
Hamza Ali Abbasi and his sister
Wife & Children
After dating the Pakistani actress Naimal Khawar for almost two years, the couple got married on 25 August 2019.
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s wedding photo
Hamza confirmed his wedding news through his Twitter account. The nikkah took place at The Monal, Islamabad, Pakistan, and their valima (an Islamic marriage ritual) was held on 26 August 2022 at the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Hamza Ali Abbasi with his wife and relatives on their valima
In July 2020, the couple was blessed with a boy named Mustafa.
In 2014, there were rumours that Hamza was in an alleged relationship with the Pakistani actress Saba Qamar. They were often spotted together at various events. However, they both denied the rumours.
Hamza Ali Abbasi with Saba Qamar
In 2019, Hamza Ali Abbasi uploaded a video on his self-titled YouTube channel in which he talked about his journey from being an atheist to following Islam.
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s YouTube channel
In the video he said,
I had this divine intervention some time back, that all that I am doing in this world will end the moment I die. All these trophies, all these accolades will not bring me any good on the Day of Judgment when I meet my Maker. I have decided that I want to leave everything that might be a hurdle when it comes to making my matters easier on the Day of Judgment.”
He further shared that when he was in his teens, he became an atheist. He said,
I thought about it and it came to my understanding that there has to be a Divine power that is controlling all of this. That’s how I started reading and then came back to Islam. I found out that there is so much that has to be understood. My perspective of life has been changed since I realised that I have to meet my God. With this realisation, what I decided to do is that I now wish to talk to people. I wish to spread the message.”
In 2014, in one of his Facebook posts, he talked about his caste. He wrote,
As for those who ask me if i am a Shia because i have “ALI” as my middle name? I am not a Shia…neither am i a Sunni or Brailvi or Wahabi ……..I am a Muslim…maybe not a Momin, but surely a Musalman…i believe that THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BUT ALLAH….AND MUHAMMAD (S.A.W) IS HIS LAST PROPHET AND MESSENGER….after this…..everything else is secondary and negligible……..”
In 2006, he started his career as a theatre artist with the Pakistani theatre play ‘Dally in the Dark.’ He then performed in various Pakistani theatre plays like ‘Home is Where Your Clothes Are’ (2007), ‘Phantom of the Opera’ (2008), ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ (2009), ‘Moulin Rouge’ (2010), and ‘Bombay Dreams’ (2011). During an interview, he shared how he developed an interest in acting. He said,
Theatre is my first love. It started out as a hobby; I was doing my Masters when I met Shah Sharabeel. We became friends, he said, “Why don’t you do a play?” So it started out as a part-time hobby and then I became passionate about it. I think theatre helped me realize how much I enjoyed acting.”
Hamza made his Lollywood debut with the Urdu documentary ‘The Glorious Resolve’ (2011) in which he played the role of Tariq.
The Glorious Resolve (2011)
In 2013, he made his Urdu film debut with ‘Main Hoon Shahid Afridi’ as Maulvi Majeed.
Main Hoon Shahid Afridi (2013)
Some of his other Urdu films are ‘Waar’ (2013), ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Ani’ (2015), ‘Ho Mann Jahaan’ (2016), ‘Parwaaz Hay Junoon’ (2018), and ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt ‘ (2022).
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (2015)
In 2012, Hamza made his debut in Urdu dramas with ‘Meray Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley’ as Salaar/Azam.
Hamza Ali Abbasi in ‘Meray Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley’ (2012)
Some of his other Urdu TV dramas are ‘Pyaray Afzal’ (2013), ‘Mann Mayal’ (2016), and ‘Alif’ (2019).
Pyaray Afzal (2013)
In 2013, he appeared in two Urdu telefilms ‘Ek Tha Raja Aur Ek Thi Rani’ and ‘Gullo Weds Gogi.’
Gullu Weds Gogi (2013)
He has also worked as a host in a few award shows like ‘1st ARY Film Awards’ (2014), ‘3rd Hum Awards’ (2015), and ‘4th Hum Awards’ (2016).
Hamza Ali Abbasi hosting 4th Hum Awards (2016)
In 2018, he hosted BOL Network’s show ‘Debate Headquarters.’ He has also judged the Pakistani reality TV show ‘Pakistan Star’ aired on BOL Network.
Hamza Ali Abbasi as a judge in Pakistan Star
In 2011, he made his directorial debut with the Lollywood film ‘Mudhouse And The Golden Doll.’
Mudhouse And The Golden Doll
Hamza has been a supporter of the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for a very long time. In 2014, he joined Imran Khan’s party Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Hamza Ali Abbasi with Imran Khan
On 23 January 2022, he was appointed as the secretary of culture for the party in Karachi.
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s appointment letter
In April 2015, after the trailer launch of his film ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Aani,’ he resigned from the position of PTI’s Cultural Secretary. He took to his Facebook account to talk about his resignation. He wrote,
The explanation I owe to my friends who have supported me so passionately. This is regarding the new film I have done. Even though it’s a brilliantly written and directed film, I disagree with certain elements in its execution which I regard as not in line with our culture. My motivation to do this film was never money. I refused 2 Indian films, Baby and a film by Sajid Nadiadwala because they were against our ethics. I did this film for my friends who were there for me when I was nothing. So after initial refusals, I agreed to do it as my friends needed me on this. Regardless of my reasons, I did something against what I preach and I own it. I will not try to get away with it by staying silent or defending it senselessly. I vow never to do anything against my beliefs NO MATTER WHAT. Since I failed to act on my own beliefs, I deem I am no more eligible to represent Pakistani culture in a political party and hence, I am resigning as Sec. Culture PTI.”
Inappropriate Remarks on Item Songs
In 2019, he appeared as a judge in the Pakistani reality TV show ‘Pakistan Star.’ After watching a 16-year-old girl dancing to an item song, he said that he was embarrassed to watch a teenager dancing to such songs. He further said that such songs were filthy. He said,
The kind of songs we have, the kind of lyrics such item numbers have, I feel embarrassed that a 16-year-old is dancing to it. These kids look up to us and please let’s not have any more item songs in our films. These songs are filth. Even India is trying to get rid of it. Our whole society is ruined because of it.”
How can the censor board allow such filth to run in cinemas and how can PEMRA allow this to be run on channels Pakistani artists finally managed to get enough respect in the society that now young educated boys and girls from good families are coming into this field, please don’t spoil this hard earned respect by putting on a flesh show and calling it glamour. Item songs degrade women and objectify them. Which goes against the essence of Women’s Empowerment and Women’s Rights, our religion and our norms.”
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s tweet on item songs
The netizens criticised him for passing such remarks and trolled him on various social media sites.
Criticised for Admiring Lashkar-e-Taiba Founder
In 2017, in one of his tweets, he praised Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is designated as a terrorist group by the United Nations Security Council. He was criticised by the twitteratis for admiring a terrorist group.
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s tweets on Hafiz Saeed
Feud With Rehan Khan
In 2018, the ex-wife of Imran Khan, Reham Khan accused Hamza of threatening her since 2017. She took to her Twitter account to talk about the same. Hamza and Rehan then had a Twitter fight. Rehan even shared a screenshot of her previous chats with Hamza. In her self-titled book, she shared that Hamza had a physical relationship with Imran Khan.
Reham Khan’s tweet on Hamza Ali Abbasi
Criticised for His Controversial Views on Islam
In 2022, Hamza shared a long note on his social media accounts to talk about Islam. However, some of his views on Islam were not received well by the netizens. Netizens commented on his post that he was moulding the religious beliefs of people. He was brutally trolled for commenting on the return of Hazrat Isa and Imam Mehdi as mentioned in the Quran.
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s social media post on Islam
ARY Film Awards
- 2014: ARY Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Waar
- 2014: Best Star Debut Male for Main Hoon Shahid Afridi
- 2016: Best Supporting Actor for Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
Lux Style Awards
- 2015: Best TV Actor for Pyarey Afzal
Hum TV Awards
- 2017: Best Actor Popular for Mann Mayal
- 2017: Best Onscreen Couple for Mann Mayal
International Pakistan Prestige Awards
- 2017: Style Icon of the Year Male
Hamza Ali Abbasi holding his awards
- While he was in class 5, he received his life’s first award in the Urdu debate competition.
- Before his tonsils were removed in his teens, his voice was very girly.
- He is well-versed in playing the guitar. He has learnt to play the guitar by watching guitar tutorial videos on YouTube.
- He is an avid lover of motorcycles. However, to accumulate funds for his debut directorial film, he sold one of his most prized motorcycles.
- In 2016 and 2017, he was appointed as the brand ambassador of the Pakistani franchise T20 cricket team Peshawar Zalmi.
Hamza Ali Abbasi wearing the jersey of Peshawar Zalmi
- In 2019, he shared a video on Twitter in which he announced that he would quit showbiz. Earlier, in one of his tweets, he wrote,
A journey of more than a decade comes to an end. I have a very important announcement to make at the end of this month. Will hope my voice reaches many. Will be off social media till the end of October.”
However, in 2020, he tweeted that he would not quit acting. He tweeted,
I haven’t quit acting because I don’t see it anywhere in Islam as being haraam in itself. I just took a long break from acting to give more time to religion.”
- Hamza has often been criticised for his controversial tweets. He once made insensitive tweets about the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz. He once tweeted on the #MeToo campaign. He tweeted,
With this entire #MeToo global epidemic on the rise, I am beginning to realise that Islam was right all along when it ordained gap between the two genders. So called modernism has brought us to a point where the line between flirting and harassment is insanely blurred.”
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s tweet on Kulsoom Nawaz’s death
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s tweet on Kulsoom Nawaz’s demise
- In one of his tweets, he wrote that in Pakistan there was massive religious discrimination.
- Hamza has been featured in TV commercials for various brands like Lipton Tea, Tulsi Mouthfreshner, McDonald, and Zong Mobile.
- He has been featured on the cover page of various magazines like Diva, G.L.A.M, and Hello!
Hamza Ali Abbasi featured on the cover of Diva magazine
- In his leisure time, he loves to watch Iranian films and History TV channel.
- Hamza is often spotted smoking cigarettes.
Hamza Ali Abbasi smoking a cigarette