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Background information
Native nameسجاد علی
Birth nameSajjad Ali
Also known asSajjad Bhai, Gagi bhai
Born(1966-08-24) 24 August 1966 (age 50)
OriginKarachi, Pakistan
  • Classical
  • semi-classical
  • pop
  • rock
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active1979–present
  • EMI-Pakistan
  • Sound Master
Associated actsLucky Ali Waqar Ali

Sajjad Ali (born 24 August 1966) is a Pakistani semi-classical, pop and rock legendary singer, poet, actor, film director and film producer from Lahore, Pakistan.[1]


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Music
    • 2.2 Films and television
    • 2.3 Critical acclaim
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Albums
    • 4.2 Singles
  • 5 Filmography
    • 5.1 As composer
    • 5.2 As director
    • 5.3 As actor
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early life and education

His father, Shafqat Hussain (Sajan), was a Pakistani film actor and also a cricketer.[2] Before Sajjad was born, he appeared for the first time in a film, Badal Aur Bijli in 1973.[2] Sajjad did his F.A from National Art's College,[2] because of which, his uncle, Tassaduq hussain started teaching music to him with his classical collections. Ali briefly studied classical Piano at the University of Karachi, graduating with a BA. During Sajjad's training, Hussain played music from classical artists such as Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustaad Barkat Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan.


Sajjad's first classical hit album, 'Master Sajjad Sings Memorable Classics' was released in 1979 by EMI-Pakistan.[2] The musicians were Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali and Amanat Ali Khan, while most of the songs were written by Hasrat Mohani, Momin and others.[2]

Sajjad made his television debut in a program, Aap Janab by Athar Shah Khan. After this, he appeared in Rung Barangi Duniya by musician Sohail Rana. He also performed in a program Rag Rung in 1980 at the age of 14, however on the 25th anniversary of PTV's stage show, called Silver Jubilee by Shoaib Mansoor, Sajjad got real fame through the song, Banwari Chakori, originally sung by Noor Jehan.[2] On 26 November 1983 during a show, Sajjad sung the songs, Lagi Ray Lagay Lagan Yehe Dil Mein and Bawari Chakuri.

He produced Babia 93, Chief Saab and Sohni Lag Di.

His brother Waqar Ali is also in the music industry. Sajjad along with his brother, wrote lyrics for most of the songs in his albums, while lyricists, Sabir Zafar, Mohammad Nasir, Nadeem Asad, and Ali Moin have also written some songs.[1]

In July 2006, Sajjad released a single called Chal Rein De, a more classical song.[3] On 3 September 2006, he released another single in a totally different genre with the help of Meloscience Corp.[3] The song is known as Sajjad-Ali Sinsym Flight, and it is an experimental, jazzy, Sufi beat.[3] In late April 2008, Sajjad released his album, Chahar Balish, which contained new tracks as well as some previous tracks such as Chal Rein De.[3]

Two new compositions of Sajjad Ali from the film Bol by Shoaib Mansoor were released by Tips music on 22 May 2011 in India and on 30 May 2011 by Fire Records in Pakistan.[4] He is also appearing in the second episode of Coke Studio with his song "Kir Kir", which will be broadcast on the major television channels across Pakistan on 5 June 2011.[5]

Films and television

Sajjad directed his first telefilm, Love Letter in 1989, and then his first full-length motion picture, Aik Aur Love Story in 1998. Before that, he also performed as an actor and a singer in a film, Munda Tera Deewana which was directed by Zahoor Husain Gillani. Sajjad has also sung songs for drama serials, Teri Yaad in the PTV drama serial Thori Khushi Thora Ghum, Na Boloon Gi in Na Tum Jano Na Hum Janain (ARY Digital) and Sunn Leyna in Sunn Leyna ( ARY Digital ).[6] His brother, Waqar Ali also helped him during the making of these songs as he is credited too.[7]

Sajjad composed songs in Shoaib Mansoor's 2011 film Bol. Sajjad stated that the songs were recorded in his own studio in Dubai and by the name of Din Pareshan hai, having two versions. According to Sajjad Ali this song is different from the song in his album Chahar Balish which has also the same title.[8]

Critical acclaim

Musician, A. R. Rahman has described Sajjad as the original crossover: "From the realm of the classical, he metamorphosed into one of the brightest lights of Pakistani pop.Always striking the right note, and never missing a beat, even the most hardened purist has to give Sajjad his due. This man can breathe life in a Ghazal even as he puts the V back into verve. He is one of the very few singers in Pakistan who seems a complete singer. As far as skill is concerned I feel nobody compares to Sajjad Ali. He is simply too good at everything he chooses to create."[9]

Personal life

Sajjad married to his college sweetheart Noreen in 1989. They have four children; two sons and two daughters.[10] He lives in Ajman, United Arab Emirates with his family. His two brothers have also made a name in the Pakistan music industry named "Waqar Ali" and "Lucky Ali".


  • Babia
  • Chal Urrja
  • Kuch Larrkiyan Mujhe
  • Chief Saab
  • Mahiwal
  • Tasvirain
  • Jadoo
  • Abhi Mood Nahi Hai
  • Jhullay Lal
  • Chal Jhooti
  • Pyar Hai
  • Lari Adda
  • Pata Bata do
  • Paniyon Mein
  • Sohni Lag Di
  • Cinderella
  • Teri Yaad
  • Aisa Laga
  • Koi Nahin
  • Cheti Cheti
  • Na Boloon Gi (Rangeen)
  • Chal Rein De (July 2006)
  • Pekar (2008)
  • Din Pareshan Hai (2011)
  • KirKir KirKir (2011)
  • Rung Laga feat Sanam Marvi (Duet) (2011)
  • Qeemay Aalay Pooray (2012)
  • Har Zulm Tera Yaad Hay
  • Tasveer Bana Ke
  • Bhoola Naa Ye Dil for Meri Beti (2013)
  • Yaad Tu Ati Hogi
  • Tum Naraz Ho
  • Na Tum Samjhe (2015)
  • Naakhun (2016)
  • Tamasha Sajjad Ali ft Bohemia the Punjabi rapper (2017)

As composer

  • Love Letter (1990)
  • Aik Aur Love Story (1999)
  • Mujhe Chand Chahiye (2000)
  • Bol (2011)
  • Na Maloom Afraad (2014)

As director

  • Love Letter(1989)
  • Aik Aur Love Story (1999)

As actor

  • Love Letter (1989)
  • Munda Tera Deewana (1996)
  • Aik Aur Love Story (1999)

See also

  • List of Lollywood actors


  1. ^ a b Sajjad Ali
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sajjad Ali in Brunch with Bushra (Video)
  3. ^ a b c d Sajjad ali album Chal Rein De Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Love2Pak" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ Coke Studio
  7. ^ Waqar Ali
  8. ^ BOL The Movie
  9. ^ A.R. Rahman official website Archived 3 September 2009 at WebCite
  10. ^ Sajjad Ali in Brunch with Bushra

External links

  • Sajjad Ali official website
  • Sajjad Ali at the Internet Movie Database
  • Sajjad Ali fanclub on Facebook
  • Sajjad Ali fanclub on YouTube
  • Sajjad Ali official Facebook page
  • Sajjad Ali official YouTube channel

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