Abbas (actor)

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Mirza Abbas Ali

(1975-05-21) 21 May 1975 (age 48) [1]
Occupation(s)Actor, model, motivational speaker
Years active1996 - 2015
Erum Ali
(m. 1997)

Abbas (born 21 May 1975 as Mirza Abbas Ali) is a former Indian actor and model from Kolkata, who has predominantly appeared in Tamil and Telugu films, and a few films in Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada. [2] He made his debut with Kathir's Kadhal Desam in 1996.



Abbas grew up watching Hindi films. His maternal grandfather being an actor Farrukh Mirza acted in Neel Darpan (Bengali) and his paternal family being related to actor Feroz Khan. [3] He partook in modelling assignments since his college days won "Face of 94" in Bangalore. Initially, after hearing that director Kadhir was looking for a new actor for his latest venture, Abbas had recommended his friends who knew Tamil to audition and took part in a speculative audition at the insistence of his friend. Kadhir was impressed with Abbas' performance and invited him to a screen test for Kadhal Desam (1996), before eventually signing him on to play a leading role. [4] Unfamiliar with the Tamil language, Abbas memorised his lines on the set of the film and Kadhir began the shoot with easier portions, in order to ease Abbas into his role. [4] Featuring alongside Vineeth and Tabu, Kadhal Desam became a critical and commercial success and Abbas was dubbed by the media as a "heart-throb" and garnered several more acting offers. [5] His busy schedule meant that he missed out on various successful films including Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997) and Jeans (1998), and the Tamil films he appeared in such as Jolly (1998) Ini Ellam Sugame (1998), Aasai Thambi (1998) were predominantly box office failures. Meanwhile, the success of Kaadhal Desam's dubbed Telugu version, allowed him to make a breakthrough in Telugu films and his next ventures Priya O Priya (1997) and Rajahamsa (1998) were profitable. He also appeared in the youth-centric Kannada film, Shanti Shanti Shanti (1999), featuring alongside debutant Madhavan for the first time. [5]

Following a spell of commercially disappointing Tamil films as the lead actor, Abbas worked on several prestigious films in the early 2000s as a second hero. [4] He appeared as Rajinikanth's son-in-law in Padayappa (1999), before portraying the role of a doctor in Kamal Haasan's historical film, Hey Ram (2000). Abbas then appeared in Rajiv Menon's multi-starrer Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), in which he was paired with Aishwarya Rai, and the film went on to win positive reviews from critics. [6] In 2001, he made further supporting appearances in the commercially successful films, Minnale by Gautham Vasudev Menon and Aanandham by N. Linguswamy, with Mammootty as well in Pammal K. Sambandam (2002) with Kamal Haasan again, and critics labelled the period as a "career high". [4] He appeared in a music video for Rajshri Pictures and was subsequently given the opportunity from producers to appear in Hindi films, then made his debut with Ansh (2002). [4] The failure of the film prompted two further films, including Aur Phir with Bipasha Basu to be shelved, and he continued to appear in Tamil films in supporting roles through the mid-2000s. [7]

With multi-starrers diminishing in Tamil cinema, Abbas appeared in some low-budget ventures such as Unarchigal (2006) and 47A Besant Nagar Varai (2006), before opting to pursue anti-hero roles. [8] He starred as a womaniser in the horror film Shock (2004) and Thiruttu Payale (2006), and then also played a comic villain in Sadhu Miranda (2008) and Guru En Aalu (2009). In 2010, he made a return to Kannada films with the family drama Appu and Pappu , portraying the father of young boy. [3] In recent years, Abbas has appeared in television serials, while he also portrayed scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Ramanujan (2014). As his acting career started to decline, He settled down in  Auckland, New Zealand with his family and is currently working as a Business Analyst. He also became a motivational speaker to teenagers who have suicidal thoughts. [9]

Personal life

Abbas was born on 21 May 1975. He married Erum Hussain Khan, in 1997. Erum after marriage launched her own label known as Erum ALi & EA Bridal Lounge. The couple have a daughter and a son. [10] Erum designed costumes for movies' notably Aayirathil Oruvan and Guru En Aalu where his co-star Madhavan's wife, Saritha, too worked as designer. [11] He left his acting career in 2015 and works as a software engineer in his newly settled place, Auckland, New Zealand.

Music videos

YearAlbumMusic VideoOther notes
1997 Yeh Hai Prem Yeh Hai Prem TrilogyActor [12]


List of films and roles
1996 Kadhal Desam Arun Tamil
1997 V.I.P. SanthoshTamil
Priya O PriyaVamsi Telugu
Poochudava KannanTamil
1998 Ini Ellam Sugame AravindTamil
Shanti Shanti Shanti Raju Kannada
Jolly Gauri ShankarTamil
Aasai Thambi VijayTamil
Pooveli ArunTamil
1999 Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu Moosakutty Malayalam
Raja SanjayTeluguSpecial appearance
Padayappa ChandraprakashTamil
Suyamvaram IndiranTamil
Malabar Police RajaTamil
Anaganaga Oka Ammai SathyaTelugu
Krishna Babu Vijay BabuTelugu
Alludugaaru Vachcharu MadhuTelugu
2000 Hey Ram MunavarTamil
Dreams ShivaMalayalam
Kandukondain Kandukondain SrikanthTamil
2001 Minnale Rajiv SamuelTamil
Vinnukum Mannukum HimselfTamilGuest appearance
Aanandham KannanTamil
2002 Pammal K. Sambandam AnandTamil25th Film
Nee Premakai PrabhuTelugu
Ansh Rajnath GuruHindi
Kadhal Virus RajivTamil
2003 Kadhaludan DuraiTamil
Banda Paramasivam MadhavanTamil
Parasuram ShivaTamil
Zinda Dil VijayHindi
Three Roses TamilGuest appearance
Sindhamal Sitharamal SaravananTamil
2004 Manasthan SelvarasuTamil
Swetha Naagu PraveenTelugu
Shock AjayTamil
Adi Thadi ArjunTamil
Azhagiya Theeye HimselfTamilGuest appearance
Greetings SwaminathanMalayalam
Adhu RajTamilGuest appearance
2005 Kalyana Kurimanam VishnuMalayalam
Political Rowdy KarthikTelugu
Dil Ke Peeche PeecheArjunHindi
Vanakkam Thalaiva ManoTamil
2006 Unarchigal BalajiTamil
47A Besant Nagar Varai RamakhrishnanTamil
Thiruttu Payale RameshTamil
Woh Lamhe Hindi
Anasuya AnandTelugu
2008 Sadhu Miranda Ram MohanTamil50th Film
Idi Sangathi SathyamurthyTelugu
2009 Bank AbbasTelugu
Guru En Aalu KrishnaTamil
2010 Appu and Pappu RameshKannada
2011 Ko HimselfTamilGuest Appearance
Maaro Raj MohanTelugu
2014 Savaari 2 Dinakar ShettyKannada
Ala Jarigindi Oka RojuRahulTelugu
Ramanujan Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis English


List of television shows and roles
2012 Dharmayutham Rammohan Tamil Vijay TV
2013 - 2014 Vaidehi Tamil Jaya TV

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