Lucky Ali PROFILE
Lucky Ali or Maqsood Mehmood Ali, was born on September 19, 1958 to the late Mehmood Ali, one of Hindi film’s greatest comedians ever, and Madhuri, the sister of the legendary Meena Kumari. Singer, composer and actor, Lucky has been through quite a few ups and downs in his life. There was a phase in his early life when he was into substance abuse, which led his father to make a film on drug abuse called Dushman Duniya Ka, which starred Lucky’s younger brother. Despite not agreeing with his father’s vision, Lucky sang his first song for a movie for the film.
A self-taught musician, Lucky learnt to play the guitar at an early age. But his wanderlust led him to travel the world before he came back to music. He dabbled in breeding race horses, a carpet-cleaning business and also worked in an oil rig and had even settled in New Zealand for a while. He debuted as a singer on the Hindi Pop scene with his album Sunoh. The number, O Sanam’ from this album soon topped the charts in India and he won many awards for it. His next album Sifar, however, was not so successful. He worked on two more albums, Aks and Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai. But it was his playback singing for Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, the latter’s debut film, which had the spotlight on him as never before. The songs that he sung for the film, ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ and ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ both topped the charts and he won Filmfare award for best male playback singer. As an actor, Lucky did quite a few films in his early days, like Yah Hai Zindagi, Hamare Tumhare and Shyam Benegal’s Trikaal. He returned to acting with Sanjay Gupta’s Kaante and followed it up with Sur-The Melody Of Life. He has given playback for a variety of films like Drona, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Love At Time Square and Yuva etc. His boyish looks and simple ballad style of singing have won a lot of accolades and admirers.