Today 18 May is the birthday of the famous actor and singer Ali Zafar.  A trendsetter in his own right, he has enjoyed national as well as international success in both the fields of music and acting. Whether a fan of him or not, you are sure to enjoy reading about these surprising facts about the talented artist.

First Pakistani to debut in Bollywood

With his leading debut in the Indian film Tere bin Laden, he became the first Pakistani ever to establish a career in Bollywood and his success inspired many other Pakistani actors to venture into the Indian film industry.

His first film was banned in his own country

The film that launched his career and won him many nominations was banned in his own country on the ground that it supported terrorism.

He used to work at Pearl Continental hotel

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Before his successful career as a musician, he used to work as sketch artist at Pearl Continental hotel in the city of Lahore.

Fifth Pakistani singer to have song featured in Hollywood

His single “Dekha” was made part of the Hollywood film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, making him the fifth Pakistani artist after Nusrhat Fateh Ali Khan, The Strings and Atif Aslam have a song featured in a Hollywood film.

“Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet”

In 2013 and again in 2014, he was voted  as the “Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet” in a worldwide poll conducted by the British newspaper Eastern Eye.

Read more about him in this article.