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ABBAS

Abbas (born 21 May 1975 as Abbas Ali) is a former Indian actor and model from Kolkata, who has predominantly appeared in Tamil and Telugu films, and a few films in Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada. He made his debut with Kadhir's Kadhal Desam in 1996.

Abbas grew up watching Hindi films. His maternal grandfather being a film actor Farrukh Mirza acted in Neel Darpan (Bengali) and his paternal family being related to actor Feroz Khan.[2] He partook in modelling assignments since his college days won "Face of 94" in Bangalore . 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 friend. Kadhir was impressed with Abbas' performance and invited him to a screen test for Kadhal Desam (1996), before eventually signing him on to play a leading role.[3] Unfamiliar with the Tamil language, Abbas memorised his lines on the set of the film and Kadhir began the shoot with easier portions, in order to ease Abbas into his role.[3] Featuring alongside Vineeth and Tabu, Kadhal Desam became a critical and commercial success and Abbas was dubbed by the media as a "heart-throb" and garnered several more acting offers.[4] His busy schedule meant that he missed out on various successful films including Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997) and Jeans (1998), and the Tamil films he appeared in such as Jolly (1998) Ini Ellam Sugame (1998), Aasai Thambi (1998) were predominantly 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.[4]

Following a spell of commercially disappointing Tamil films as the lead actor, Abbas worked on several prestigious films in the early 2000s as a second hero.[3] 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.[5] In 2001, he made further supporting appearances in the commercially successful films, Minnale by Gautham Menon and Aanandham by N. Linguswamy, with Mammootty as well in Pammal K. Sambandam (2002) with Kamal Haasan again, and critics labelled the period as a "career high".[3] 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).[3] 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.[6]

With multi-starrers diminishing in Tamil cinema, Abbas appeared in some low-budget ventures such as Unarchigal (2005) and 47A Besant Nagar Varai (2006), before opting to pursue anti-hero roles.[7] 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.[2] In recent years, Abbas has appeared in television serials, while he also portrayed scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Ramanujan (2014).[8]
Personal life

Abbas married Erum Hussain Khan, in 1997. Erum after marriage launched her own label known as Erum ALi & EA Bridal Lounge. The couple have two kids a daughter Emira & a son Aymaan.[9] Erum designed costumes for movies' notably Aayirathil Oruvan and Guru En Aalu where his co-star Madhavan's wife, Saritha, too worked as designer.

Filmography

 
Year Title Role Language  
1996 Kadhal Desam Arun Tamil  
1997 V.I.P Santhosh Tamil  
Priya O Priya Vamsi Telugu  
Poochudava Kannan Tamil  
1998 Ini Ellam Sugame Aravind Tamil  
Shanti Shanti Shanti Raju Kannada  
Jolly Gauri Shankar Tamil  
Rajahamsa   Telugu  
Aasai Thambi Vijay Tamil  
Pooveli Arun Tamil  
1999 Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu Moosakutty Malayalam  
Raja Sanjay Telugu  
Padayappa Chandraprakash Tamil  
Suyamvaram Indiran Tamil  
Malabar Police Raja Tamil  
Anaganga Oka Ammai Sathya Telugu  
Krishna Babu Vijay Babu Telugu  
Alludugaaru Vachcharu Madhu Telugu  
2000 Hey Ram Munavar Tamil
Hindi
 
Dreams Shiva Malayalam  
Kandukondain Kandukondain Srikanth Tamil  
Madhuri   Telugu  
2001 Minnale Rajiv Samuel Tamil  
Vinnukum Mannukum Himself Tamil Guest appearance
Aanandham Kannan Tamil  
2002 Pammal K. Sambandam Anand Tamil 25th Film
Nee Premakai Prabhu Telugu  
Ansh Rajnath Guru Hindi  
Kadhal Virus Rajiv Tamil  
2003 Kadhaludan Durai Tamil  
Banda Paramasivam Madhavan Tamil  
Parasuram Shiva Tamil  
Zinda Dil Vijay Hindi  
Three Roses   Tamil Guest appearance
Sindhamal Sitharamal Saravanan Tamil  
2004 Manasthan Selvarasu Tamil  
Swetha Naagu Praveen Telugu
Kannada
 
Shock Ajay Tamil  
Adi Thadi Arjun Tamil  
Kadha Gautham Malayalam  
Azhagiya Theeye Himself Tamil Guest appearance
Greetings Swaminathan Malayalam  
Adhu Raj Tamil Guest appearance
2005 Kalyana Kurimanam Vishnu Malayalam  
Political Rowdy Karthik Telugu  
Unarchigal Balaji Tamil  
Dil Ke Peeche Peeche Arjun Hindi  
Vanakkam Thalaiva Mano Tamil  
2006 47A Besant Nagar Varai Ramakhrishnan Tamil  
Thiruttu Payale Ramesh Tamil  
Woh Lamhe   Hindi  
2007 Mauryan Shivashangaran Malayalam  
Chandrahas   Telugu  
Anasuya Anand Telugu  
2008 Sadhu Miranda Ram Mohan Tamil 50th Film
Idi Sangathi Sathyamurthy Telugu  
2009 Bank Abbas Telugu  
Guru En Aalu Krishna Tamil  
2010 Appu Pappu Ramesh Kannada  
Ramdev Ram Telugu  
2011 Ko Himself Tamil Guest Appearance
Maaro Raj Mohan Telugu  
2014 Savaari 2 Dinakar Shetty Kannada  
Ala Jarigindi Oka Roju Rahul Telugu  
Ramanujan Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis English
Tamil
 
2015 Pachakkallam Venkitesh Malayalam

 

 

 
Year Title Role Language Television Notes
2012 Dharmayutham Rammohan Tamil Vijay TV  
2013 - 2014 Vaidehi   Tamil Jaya TV  

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