Ali (actor)

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Ali in 2019
Born (1967-10-10) 10 October 1967 (age 54)[1]
  • Actor
  • television presenter
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Zabeda Sultana
RelativesKhayyum (brother)
AwardsFilmfare Award for Best Comedian – Telugu

Ali (born 10 October 1967) is an Indian actor, comedian, and TV presenter who works predominantly in Telugu films and television. He acted in more than 1000 films in Telugu, in addition to Tamil and Hindi films. He is a recipient of two Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South

Early life[edit]

Ali was born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. His father was a tailor and his mother was a home maker. He has one younger brother named Khayyum, who is also an actor.[2] Ali married Zubeda Sultana in 1994. The couple has two daughters and a son.[3]


Ali came into the movie industry with the help of Jit Mohan Mitra, Rajahmundry's musical company. He debuted in the movie Nindu Noorellu in 1979 under the direction of K. Raghavendra Rao. He went to Chennai when director Bharathi Raja was looking for child actors for his movie "Seethakoka Chiluka", and was given a role. As a child Ali acted in several movies. When he was too old to be a child actor he struggled to get roles and later became a comedian in Tollywood.

Director S. V. Krishna Reddy gave him comic roles in his movies, creating new roles for him. Ali developed his own style, which was popularly known as Chaata. Ali acted in Kannada movie Super (2010 Kannada film).

Ali is a brand ambassador for anti-itching medicine Manmohan Jaadoo Malaam. He became host for a talkie show called Ali Talkies in MAA TV.[4] He is also host of the popular talk show Alitho Saradaga on ETV. He also makes his Jabardasth debut as an ad hoc judge of the show.[5]

Political career[edit]

Ali joined YSRCP on 11 March 2019.[6]


Year Award Category Film Result
1981 Nandi Awards Best Child Actor Seethakoka Chiluka Won
1996 Special Jury Award Pittala Dora Won
2003 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Best Comedian Award (Telugu) Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi Won
2005 Super Won


Below is the selected filmography of Ali.

Tolimuddu (1993)


  1. "Happy Birthday Ali: ఆలీ.. కేరాఫ్ నవ్వుల కాట్రవల్లి." News18 Telugu (in తెలుగు). Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  2. "South Indian movies popular Comedian Ali". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  3. "Comedian Ali's mother Mohammad Zebeda passes away - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  4. "LIVE TV - Watch Indian TV Channels - Live Streaming and Catchup TV - LIVE News Online". Archived from the original on 10 October 2017.
  5. "Jabardasth written update, May 30, 2019: Actor-TV host Ali makes his Jabardasth debut". timesofindia. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  6. "Actor Ali Joins YSRCP". 11 March 2019.

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