Muzaffar Ali

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Muzaffar Ali
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Born (1944-10-21) 21 October 1944 (age 76)
Title Padma Shri (2005)
Spouse(s)Geeti Sen (divorced)
Subhashini Ali (estranged)
Meera Ali
ChildrenMurad Ali (with Geeti)
Shaad Ali (with Subhashini)
Sama Ali (with Meera)

Muzaffar Ali (born 21 October 1944) is an Indian filmmaker, fashion designer, poet, artist, cultural revivalist, and social worker. [1] [2] [3] [4]



Ali was born in Lucknow in 1944. [5] The eldest son of Raja Syed Sajid Husain Ali, the ruling prince of the principality of Kotwara in Awadh, Muzaffar Ali attended La Martiniere, Lucknow, [6] and graduated in science from Aligarh Muslim University. [5] Ali worked in advertising before turning to film. [5] His first films were Gaman (1978) and Umrao Jaan (1981), and he also made and starred in the TV series Jaan-e-Alam. [5] He later became a fashion designer, creating a fashion label with his wife, Meera, in 1990. [5] [7]

Muzaffar Ali is presently married to Meera Ali, a fashion designer, with whom he has a daughter Sama, who is also a fashion designer. [7] He had two previous marriages, the first of which was to the art historian Geeti Sen, with whom he has a son Murad Ali, a film actor. [7] [6] His second marriage was to the communist politician Subhashini Ali, with whom he has a son Shaad Ali, a film director. [7] [6]



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