Mikaal Zulfiqar

Mikaal Zulfiqar

Mikaal Zulfiqar

Mikaal Zulfiqar (born September 5, 1981) is a Pakistani actor and former model.[1] He has appeared in a number of Pakistani television series.[2] He has also acted in a few Indian films and is currently active in Pakistani films. He is one of the highest paid Pakistani actors.[3] In 2015, he won the Best Actor (Popular) Award at Hum TV Awards due to his performance in television series Mohabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai.[4]

Born in London, he moved to Pakistan and initially began his career as a model in early 2000s, and caught attention of the team of Abrar-ul-Haq who cast him in the singer’s music video for Sanu Tere Naal Pyar Ho Gya.[5] He made his film debut in 2007 with Bollywood crime thriller film Godfather, followed by starring roles in Shoot on Sight (2008), U R My Jaan (2011) and Baby (2015).[6][7] He also began his film career in Pakistan with a supporting character in critically acclaimed film Cake (2018). Zulfiqar has since played starring roles in Na Band Na Baraati (2018) and Sherdil (2019).

He entered the Pakistani television industry with drama series Saiqa. The hit series Pani Jaisa Piyar stabilize his position in television medium, and he went on to appear in a number of big-budget dramas, with most notable of them include Shehr-e-Zaat (2012), Saat Pardon Mein (2012), Mirat-ul-Uroos (2012–2013), Mohabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai (2013–2014), Diyar-e-Dil (2015), Sang-e-Mar Mar (2016–2017), and Alif Allah Aur Insaan (2017–2018).

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Early life[edit]

Zulfiqar was born on September 5, 1981 in LondonUnited Kingdom and has six siblings.[8][9] After spending his early years in London, he moved to Pakistan and attended the Lahore Lyceum school in Lahore.[10] Additionally, he also began his career as a model and started modelling for commercials and videos which were relevant to acting.[11]

Career[edit]

After several advertising campaigns, Zulfiqar appeared in Sanu Tere Naal Pyar Ho Gya, a song from Bay Ja Cycle Tay music album by Abrar-ul-Haq.

Zulfiqar is known for his appearance in comedy commercials for Ufone. He has also performed in Bollywood films; crime thriller film Godfather in 2007, the drama film Shoot on Sight in 2008, the musical-romantic U R My Jaan in 2011, and the spy thriller Baby in 2015.[12] However, in a recent statement, he has clarified that he never wanted to work in Bollywood.[13]

After having a successful career in modelling, Zulfiqar stepped into the television industry. Some of his early screenwork includes SaiqaKaisay KahoonPani Jaisa Piyar, and Jal Pari, among others.

He won Best Actor title in Hum TV Awards held in Dubai in April, 2015, for his role in the drama serial Mohabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai.[14] He also acted in popular show Shehr-e-Zaat opposite Mahira Khan.

He has performed in many dramas opposite actress Saba Qamar as protagonist, including Pani Jaisa PiyarSangat, and Mein Sitara.

In 2015, he played the role of Behroz Bakhtiyar Khan in romantic drama Diyar-e-Dil. Dawn praised Zulfiqar’s performance and wrote ”Meekal has finally chosen a role with depth as Behroz after a series of pot boilers. He looks amazing and reminds viewers again that he is the talented actor who could play the devil-may-care Shamraiz from Kuch Pyar ka Pagalpan or the self-absorbed, brooding Salman Ansar from Sheher-e-Zaat.”[15] Diyar-e-Dil was also well received by viewers.

In 2017, he was highly appreciated for his performance in spiritual television series Alif Allah Aur Insaan. The series became one of the most-watched shows of 2017.[16]

In March 2018, he made a special appearance in film Cake, co-starring Aamina SheikhAdnan Malik and Sanam Saeed. The film was highly lauded by critics.[17][18]His next film Na Band Na Baraati was released in June 2018.[19] He said in an interview that doing that film was his way to support foreign investment in local cinema.[20]

In 2019, he was seen in Pakistani war film Sherdil opposite Armeena Khan.[21] The film and Zulfiqar’s performance received mostly unfavourable reviews from critics.[22][23] Nevertheless, the film became Zulfiqar’s first major box-office success, and grossed Rs. 5.17 crore in the first five days of its release.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Mikaal’s full birth name is Mian Muhammad Mikaal Patras Aziz Zulfiqar. His father is a retired Pakistani diplomat and his mother is British. His parents separated when Zulfiqar was 17 years old. He has two older sisters, one of whom lives in Australia and a younger brother, Jamal Andreas Zulfiqar, who is a prominent theatre actor in London.

Mikaal’s first relationship was with Pakistani film actress Zara Sheikh. He said they eventually separated because ″they came from two different worlds.″[citation needed]Zulfiqar got engaged to model Sara Bhatti in 2010. They got married in 2012 and have two daughters. In March 2017, Zulfiqar announced on his Facebook page that he and Bhatti had officially divorced.[25]

Media image[edit]

Mikaal is listed among the ″top 10 most beautiful men of Pakistan″.[26][27] In 2017, he was one of the highest-paid television actors in the country.[28]

In 2017, he was one of the most in-demand actors of Pakistani films and was offered a number of films. He signed five films that year.[29]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Refs
2007 Godfather Abdullah
Shoot on Sight [30]
2011 U R My Jaan Akash
2013 Abhi Tau Main Jawan Hun
2015 Baby Ashfaq
2018 Cake Cameo [31]
Na Band Na Baraati
2019 Sherdil Flt Lt Haris Mustafa [32][33]
TBA The Trial TBA [34][35]
Qaid
Ae Dil Meray Chal Rey [36]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Saiqa Tahir
2010 Dil Hai Chota Sa
2010 Kaisay Kahoon Zidaan
2011 Pani Jaisa Piyar Adarsh
2011–2012 Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan Shamraiz
2011–2012 Jal Pari Jamshed
2012 Shehr-e-Zaat Salman
2012 Talafi Ammad
2012 Man Jali Taimoor
2012 Saat Pardon Mein Ehsan Muraad
2012 Adha Din Aur Puri Raat Ali
2012 Durr-e-Shehwar Mansoor (young)
2012 New York Se New Karachi Rony
2013–2014 Mirat Ul Uroos Hammad
2013 Kyun Hai Tu Ali
2013–2014 Mujhe Khuda Pe Yaqeen Hai Shaiq
2013 Ek Kasak Reh Gayi Shehriyar
2013–2014 Mohabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai Nabeel
2014 Izteraab Jazib
2014 Laa Daniyal Malik
2014 Tum Mere Hi Rehna Numail
2015 Diyar-e-Dil Behroz Khan
2015 Bay Dar O Deewar Ghar
2015 Mere Armaan Ali
2015–2016 Sangat Adnan
2015–2016 Maan Imaan
2015–2016 Tum Mere Kya Ho Ahmar
2016 Intezaar Shariq
2016 Mein Sitara Farhad Sethi
2016–2017 Sang-e-Mar Mar Aurang
2016 Mann Pyasa Arib
2017–2018 Alif Allah Aur Insaan[37] Shahzeb
2018 De Ijazat Shavaiz
2018 Aakhri Station Faris
2018 Khasara Mohtasim
2019 Ramz-e-Ishq TBA
2019 Zard Bahar TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Role Result
2012 Shehr-e-Zaat Hum Award for Best Actor Salman Ansar Nominated
2015 Muhabat Subh Ka Sitara Hai Hum Award for Best Actor Nabeel Won
2016 Diyar-e-Dil Behroze Bakhtiyar Khan

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