Lucky Ali Biography

Lucky Ali was born on September 19th 1958 he is one of the 9 children of Mehmood Ali who was predominantly known as Mehmood. Lucky Ali’s Mother Mahelaka, was part Bengali and part Pashtun, and the sister of 1960s Indian actress Meena Kumari.

The Bollywood actress and dancer, Minoo Mumtaz, is his paternal aunt. He attended City Montessori school, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Hampton Court, Mussoorie, Manekji Cooper (Kindergarten) (Juhu), Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, and the Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore.


Lucky Ali was married twice in his life , his first wife was Meaghan Jane McCleary from which he had two daughters Ta’awwuz and Tasmiyah.

Lucky Ali’s second wife is Inaya (Anahita, a Persian). He has two children with his second wife, Sara and Raiyan.

He married a third time in 2010 to British model and former beauty queen Kate Elizabeth Hallam who he got divorced with in 2017. The couple have a son named Dani Maqsood Ali.

Lucky Ali and his father Mehmood Ali had an unbreakable bond and a tempestuous relationship.

Mehmood Ali was a very busy actor in the 1960s and 70s, and remained away from home for his shoots. Once, around the age of four when Ali first returned from boarding school, Mehmood and the entire family had come to receive Ali after 10 months in boarding school, at the airport. Ali did not recognize his father, but on seeing him said, “He’s the film comedian Mehmood!”

Ali lived away from his family in a boarding school in Dehradun, Mussoorie. Ali’s tryst with marijuana led Mehmood to write the script of the movie Dushman Duniya Ka (Enemy of the World).

The movie stars Ali’s youngest brother, Manzoor. It is the story of the drug abuse of a young man called Lucky.


Lucky Ali is one of the very few musicians who got successful in the very starting of his career he has a very deep and emotional voice. Lucky Ali made his debut along with his album Sunoh .

This album won many of the top awards in Indian music, including the Best Pop Male Vocalist at the 1996 Screen Awards and the Channel V Viewers Choice Award in 1997. It stayed on the MTV Asia Charts in the top three for 60 weeks.

The song “O Sanam” from Sunoh launched his career. It was also nominated at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards His next album, Sifar, was noted for its music, lyrics and vocals.

After releasing of these two albums he became a well-known name in the Bollywood music industry. He is known for his immense distinctive music style and very graceful voice.

That helped him emerge as a leading figure in Indipop during the period. His third album and fourth albums were Aks and Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai, both of which were reasonably successful.

He is also known for contributing the song “Anjaani Raahon Mein” to the album Meri Jaan Hindustan, which commemorated 50 years of Indian independence in the year 1997.

The video was directed by Mani Shankar, and features him as a young rural man working in a foreign country, with a longing to go back home, and his joy of actually returning to a place he loved.

Bollywood Career

Lucky Ali was very much set to make his move in the Bollywood , he debuted in Bollywood with the Award Wining song ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ And Na Tum Jano Na Hum

He received the 2001 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for “Ek Pal Ka Jeena” song. He was nominated for the Best Playback Singer Male for “Aa Bhi Jaa”, featured in Sur in the 48th Filmfare Awards, but lost to Sonu Nigam.

He has lent his voice to commercially successful films such as Sur (2003), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Anjaana Anjaani (2010) and Tamasha (2015).

In 1978, it was Lucky Ali’s first playback singing career with the song named ”Walking All Alone” from the Ek Baap Chhe Bete . It was a family film for him.

This movie involved hi father Mehmood Ali and all of hi other brothers.

Ali’s second song was “Nasha Nasha” from the film Dushman Duniya Ka, which starred his brother Manzoor Ali in the lead role. The film was directed by their father Mehmood.

He has worked with composers such as A.R Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj, Vishal-Shekhar, Mikey McCleary, Prashant Pillai, Varun Ahuja and Rajiv Bhalla.

Acting Career

As he belongs from the family who was been in to acting since a very long time and being the son of legendary Mehmood Ali, Lucky Ali also tried his luck into acting as well.

As the nephew of Meena Kumari and son of Mehmood, Lucky Ali did not lack the requisites to make his debut as an actor. He first appeared in Chote Nawab (“The Little Prince”) in 1962, directed by Mehmood.

He acted in a few films in the 1970s and 1980s such as Yeh Hain Zindagi (1977), Hamare Tumhare (1979) and Shyam Benegal’s Trikaal (1985). He also acted in the television series Bharat Ek Khoj, directed by Shyam Benegal.

After a long break from acting, he returned in Sanjay Gupta’s Kaante (2002), in which he acted alongside leading stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Kumar Gaurav and Suniel Shetty.

Lucky Ali also acted in the TV serial Zara Hatke. In 2002, he acted in the Hindi musical Sur-The Melody of Life playing a complex role that earned him accolades as an actor.


Rajesh Roshan – Walking And I Am Walking All Alone, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum,Ek Pal Ka Jeena (Kaho Na Pyaar Hain).

Anu Malik – Nasha Nasha (Dushman Duniya Ka), Nazar Mein Hai Chehra (Good Luck).

S.A Rajkumar – Missibi Nathi (Priyamaanawale)

M.M Keeravani – Aa Bhi Ja Aa Bhi Ja, Jaane Kya Dhoondta Hai, Tu Dil Ki Khushi, Khoya Hai Tune Jo Ae Dil, Aao Tumhen Ek Nayi Baat Bataon, Aa Bhi Ja Aa Bhi Ja (Sur – The Melody Of Life),

A.R Rahman – Secret Of Success (boys), Khuda Hafiz (yuva), Hey Goodbye nanba (Aaytha Ezhuthu)

Ranjan Barot – Kehte Kehte (Chhupke se)

K.M Radha Krishnan – Charumati I Love You (Anand).

Samidha Khalid – Hum Bade Hue (The Film)

G. V Prakash Kumar – Sooriyane, Guththa Lakkadi (Kaalai)

Vishal – Shekhar – Aahista Aahista (Bachchna Ae Hasino)

Hanif Sheikh – Bekarar (Paathshala)

Jassie Gift – Hosa Hosa Kanasu (Dev S/O Mudde Gowda)

Prashant Pillai – Vattoli (Amen)


Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer – Ek Pal Ka Jeena, Na Tum Jano Na Hum 2001.

IIFA Award for Best Playback Singer – Ek Pal Ka Jeena 2001.

Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer – Ek Pal Ka Jeena, Na Tum Jano Na Hum 2001.

Bollywood Movie Award for Best Playback Singer – Na Tum Jano Na Hum 2001.

19 September 2021
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