Abbas (Mirza Abbas Ali) born May 21, 1975 is an Indian film actor who acts in Kollywood Tamil films. Born in Calcutta and educated in Bombay, he was discovered modeling in Bangalore by Kathir, who introduced him in Kathal Desam. He has a huge fan following in India. Abbas enjoyed success as the second lead actor in films through the early 2000s. He is married to Erum Ali, a fashion designer; the couple has a son and a daughter, Erum worked as costume designer in many films notably Aayirathil Oruvan and Guru En Aalu where his co-star Madhavan's wife, Saritha, too worked as designer.
Abbas grew up watching Hindi and Bengali films, with his maternal grandfather being a film actor and his paternal family being related to actor Feroz Khan. He partook in modelling assignments since his college days and then wanted to become an actor in Indian films. Initially after hearing that director Kadhir was looking for a new actor for his latest venture, Abbas had recommended his friends who knew Tamil to audition, and took part in a speculative audition at the insistence of his friends. Kadhir was impressed with Abbas's performance and invite him to a screen test for Kadhal Desam (1996), before eventually signing him on to play a leading role. Unfamiliar with the Tamil language. Kadhal Desam became a critical and commercial success.
His busy schedule meant that he missed out on successful films including Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997) and Jeans (1998), and the Tamil films he appeared in such as Poochudava (1998) and Aasai Thambi (1998) were mainly box office failures. Meanwhile, the success of Kaadhal Desam's dubbed Telugu version, allowed him to make a breakthrough in Telugu films and his next ventures Priya O Priya (1997) and Rajahamsa (1998) were profitable. He also appeared in the youth-centric Kannada film, Shanti Shanti Shanti (1999), featuring alongside debutant Madhavan for the first time.
Abbas worked on several prestigious films in the early 2000s as a second hero, besides working in Malayalam and Telugu films. He appeared as Rajinikanth's son-in-law in Padayappa (1999), before portraying the role of a doctor in Kamal Haasan's historical film, Hey Ram (2000). Abbas then appeared in Rajiv Menon's multi-starrer Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), in which he was paired with Aishwarya Rai, and the film went on to win positive reviews from critics.
In 2001, he made further supporting appearances in the commercially successful films, Minnale by Gautham Menon and Aanandham by N. Linguswamy, as well in Pammal K. Sambandam (2002) with Kamal Haasan again, and critics labelled the period as a "career high". He appeared in a music video for Rajshri Pictures and was subsequently given the opportunity from producers to appear in Hindi films, then made his debut with Ansh (2002). The failure of the film prompted two further films, including Aur Phir with Bipasha Basu to be shelved, and he continued to appear in Tamil films in supporting roles through the mid 2000s. And not to forget his hair style which created a craze among the youth and barbers. during the period of 1996-2000 every one boy among the 10 boys had a hair cut named "Abbas Cut".
Abbas appeared in some low-budget ventures such as Unarchigal (2006) and 47A Besant Nagar Varai (2007), before opting to pursue anti-hero roles. He starred as a womaniser in the horror film Shock (2004) and Thiruttu Payale (2006), and then also played a comic villain in Sadhu Miranda (2008) and Guru En Aalu (2009). In 2010, he made a return to Kannada films with the family drama Appu and Pappu, portraying the father of young boy. In recent years, Abbas has appeared in television serials, while he also portrayed scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Ramanujan (2014).
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