Published On: Mon, May 16th, 2016

Ali Kazmi to work with leading Hollywood director Alex Graves


KARACHI: Emerging Pakistani star Ali Kazmi, son of veteran actors Rahat and Sahira Kazmi, will be working with Alex Graves who has directed several popular shows such as Game of Thrones, Homeland and The Practice.

The chance to work with such a director is nothing less than hitting the jackpot as he will be working alongside one of the leading directors in Hollywood.


According to sources, Kazmi is currently working on a project named Taken, which is the prequel of the film, starring Liam Neeson, of the same name. The actor said that Taken will tell the story of how the main protagonist will become who he truly is and that is a man with particular set of skills.



Speaking on his role in the project, Kazmi said that he will be playing the role of Marzoki who is a fast talker and a strange analyst capable of being operative.

He said that the program, which will be aired on NBC, will be action-packed with emotions. He added that the first episode of the show has been shot and was excited to be a part of it.


A trained multilingual, multifaceted and experienced, professional creative powerhouse of an Actor/Director & Producer. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan and he now lives in Toronto, Canada where he went to Film School and Drama school and started his career again from scratch. Hailing from a family of Creative juggernauts (Actors and Directors-Rahat Kazmi & Sahira Kazmi, sister Nida Kazmi and Grandfather Bollywood actor Shyam) it is inherent within him. He says “It was like growing up in a warm, fuzzy and loving film school!” He lived it, loved it, imbibed it and has put it to good use since. He has been working successfully both on and off camera, in the industry in Pakistan, India, Canada & USA for 17 years in the creative fields of theater, television & film. Working on projects from conception to completion is his strong suit. Ali has a penchant for languages and can speak English, Urdu, Hindi ,Punjabi, Persian, Pashto/Dari, French(basic) and Arabic. He has amassed a portfolio, peppered with multi-layered diverse characters.

He believes that “One cannot portray life on screen if one has not lived it!” He is a marathoner, triathlete, certified scuba diver. adventurer, traveller & dreamer. He shows no signs of stopping and his journey has just begun.

Forever the performer he started his career at the age of 1 and has never looked back since. He was in a national song directed by his mother, veteran director Sahira Kazmi, called “Vattan ki mitti” loosely translated “The beloved earth of my Country.” At a young age when kids want to be cowboys, doctors, engineers or astronauts, Ali always gravitated towards being an actor. He started to model, dance and Act professionally by the age of 14. Life and love brought him to Toronto, Canada and within a few short years with a lot of hard work, grit, positivity and perseverance he is now a sought after actor of stage and screen. At 1, From waving the Pakistani flag on his father’s shoulders, now a doting father himself, he can now be seen waving a gun in his latest gangster flick, acclaimed director Deepa Mehta’s upcoming “Beeba Boys.” Set to release in TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) 2015.

Aside from acting and hosting he keeps his creative juices flowing, working as a Freelance Creative Consultant for Publicis, Maclaren McCan, Balmoral Communications Inc. and Focus Communications Inc. Host/Producer with Ary Digital Canada and TV One Canada. He started and heads the South Asian division as Director/Producer with China Syndrome Productions Inc. & Blue Ocean Ethnic Productions (a subsidiary of China syndrome productions inc.) and has produced & directed various successful Multicultural Projects, commercials, documentaries and videos for many reputed clients and organizations such as GM, United way, Brampton Multicultural Centre, Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario, Nissan, Clorox,Brita,Nestle-quality street, Loblaws, Bell, rogers, Western union, Campbells, Scotiabank, TD, Marineland to name a few.


News Source ARY & IMDB

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology