Ali Haider is a former Pakistani singer and actor. He has had numerous hits in the early 90s such as Poorani Jeans. He also had a big hit later in the 1990s with Chand Sa Mukhra. Besides singing, he has acted in numerous TV serials on PTV. Among the successful dramas was Chand Sa Mukhra, which used his hit song as the theme music. He also sang the theme music for the serial Chandni Raatein. He has a large fan following in Pakistan and India and with South Asian expatriates around the world.
Ali Haider grew up in the neighbourhood of Firdous Colony in Karachi, and was pursuing a Civil Engineering degree at NED University when his showbiz career began.
Since the 1990s, Ali Haider has produced over sixteen music albums of which dozens of songs were top hits and became very popular. These earned him a place among the top singers of Pakistan.
His first album was “Jaan-e-Jaan Sun” which included the title songs of jawaniyan, and Dhoop Kinare sung along with Nayyara Noor. This album was released by EMI and is obsolete in market, however, it may be found in some collections.
The 2nd album he released was entitled “Chahat”. The music was given by Bunny and a song with Sadaf Munir (now Sadaf Iqbal). That album was purchased by HMV India. Two of the most popular songs from the album were “Chahat” and “Ajnabi”.
With the moderate success of his second album, he released his third album, titled Qarar, which was much better than his previous two albums. It consisted of songs such as Qarar (the title song), Shehnahee and Jadu Kiya, which went on to become top hits. The music was composed by Amir khan, Bunny and Ali Haider himself. As Haider improved so did his music, his fourth album, Sandesa produced the hit songs Purani Jeans and Sandesa. These went to the top of the charts and remained at the top for a number of weeks.
His next album, Pakola Album did moderately well with songs such as Zaalim Nazron Say and Laila making it into the charts. His sixth album, Dastaan is known to be the best album, Haider has produced since his career started. It shot straight to number one and brought him great popularity at the time. In this album he produced a variety of music genres that suited pretty much anyone. The songs responsible for his popularity were Walawai, Papa Mummi and Ranjha Heer.
After some time, Haider released the album “The Best of Ali Haider”, which pretty much summed up that he is ending his music career. The album included all his major hits and favourite songs he has produced in the past. Some of the songs included in this collection were Purani Jeans, Walawai, Qarar and Sandesa. Later he went on to release another compilation to the previous album that was entitles Sayoni.
After sometime Haider released another two albums, Saaiyan and Jadu in which he has produced quite a number of popular tracks that did prove to be successful. Haider released his 15th Album in 2007 titled “Janey Do”. This album also featured three previous songs with significant modifications. The all time favourite “Purani Jeans” made a return with a hard rock format. Qarar and “Agar Pyar” from the 1993 album Sandesa were also featured.
Haider has also acted in the Lollywood film titled Chalo Ishq Larain which was released in 2002. He was also seen playing the small role of Himself in the Bollywood film Main Osama which was directed by the controversial film maker Faisal Saif. This feature film hit the cinema halls worldwide in 2008.
Chand Sa Mukhra
Zaalim Nazroon Se
Purani Jeans (Remake)
Resignation from Music
On 23rd June 2009, a local news channel reported that Ali Haider decided to resign from the world of music, which was also confirmed by the former.
His last music album was released on the internet named “Stop and Think..?” in 2009 shortly after his decision to quit music. Ali Haider donated all the proceeds from this Album to Charity.
Ali has since then released a religious album in the praise of Allah (God). His latest religious album is Moula Dil Badal Dey, which consist of Hamds, Naats and different poetry on current situation of Muslim Ummah. He is also a Nauha Khwan and has released his first Nauha album in 2010 Shor Hai Mehshar Ka
Main Tere Saamne (Naat by Ali Haider)
Jane Jan Sun – 1988
Chahat – 1989
Tarang – 1990
Qarar – 1991
Sandesa – 1993
Sanwala Saloona – 1994
Dastaan – 1995
Jania – 1996
Mahi – 1998
Saiyyaan – 1999
Jadoo – 2000
Chandni Raatein – 2002
Tera Naam Liya To – 2003
Purani Jeans (Remixes) – 2006
Jaanay Do – 2007
Stop and Think …? – 2009
Moula Dil Badal Dey – 2009
Shor Hai Mehshar Ka – 2010