Lucky Ali is an Indian singer songwriter, composer and actor. Lucky is best known for his soulful but strikingly simple ballad-style singing and melodious voice.
He was born in Mumbai to popular actor Mehmood and Mahelaka, part Bengali and part Punjabi, the sister of a popular Indian actress of the 1960s - Meena Kumari. The Bollywood actress and dancer, Minoo Mumtaz, was his paternal aunt. He attended Manekji Cooper (Kindergarten) (Juhu), Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, Hampton Court in Mussoorie, St. George's College, Mussoorie, and the Bishop Cotton Boys' School, Bangalore.
Ali is known to be a strict Muslim. Ali states his favourite piece of music is the Quran being recited. But, he says that religion is not something to be preached from rooftops, but, a personal regimen that a spiritual seeker uses to connect to God.
His first wife was Meaghan Jane McCleary (a New Zealander), who has acted in the video O Sanam from his first album Sunoh. Ali has two children from his first wife - Ta'awwuz and Tasmia. His second wife is Inaya (Anahita-a parsi girl). He has two children from his second wife, Sara and Raiyan. The celebrated singer married a third time in 2010. His third wife is a British model and former Miss England Kate Hallam and the couple have a son named Dani.
Lucky and his father Mahmood shared a tempestuous relationship. Mehmood was a very busy actor in 1960s and 70s, and remained away from home for his shoots. Lucky lived away from his family in a boarding school up in the foothills of the Himalayas in Mussoorie. Lucky'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. In the end the young man kills his mother, destroys everything around him and is then killed by his father. Lucky differed with his father's vision and did not act in the movie.
Lucky's wanderlust has taken him many places. He has bred horses, been an oil rigger off the coast of Pondicherry in South India, has tried to sell carpets,and is a farmer with a strong opinion on organic methods in farming. Music, singing and acting are his serious hobbies.
He has his company Surplus Group with his family friend partner Asif Iqbal who is also an architect. Surplus group forays into agritecture, hydroponics and progressive real estate. He lives in Bangalore at his 100 acre farm which is facing a lake and near to the airport. He is also the cultural director on the board of Indo Arab chambers of commerce in india. He also has a home in Hong kong and a company India Infrastructure Private Ltd in Hong kong.
Lucky made his debut on the Indian pop scene with the soulful album Sunoh which established him as a pop singer. 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 for 60 weeks. The song O Sanam from Sunoh, launched his career and is considered by some to be one of the best indi-pop songs ever. His next album, Sifar, wasn't quite as successful as Sunoh, but it was noted for its music, lyrics and vocals.
Lucky Ali is known for his distinctive music style and also for his husky voice. His third album and fourth albums were Aks and Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai, both of which were reasonably successful. After a five years hiatus, he released his new album Xsuie on 19 September 2009, on his birthday.
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 urban man roaming the Indian countryside, trying to discover new meaning to life. When asked about the video, he once said "The video of 'Anjaani Raahon Mein' was a beautiful story in itself.
He has also sung the theme song of the F1 Indian Grand Prix, that was held in Delhi along with KK, Daler Mehndi.
Lucky Ali started his playback singing career with the song "Walking and I am Walking All Alone" from the film Ek Baap Chhe Bete in 1978. This film starred Mehmood and his six sons, including Lucky himself. Lucky'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. However the song and the film both went unnoticed.
After that, his next song in films was in Hrithik Roshan's debut movie Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai. The songs Na tum jaano na hum and Ek pal ka jeena became huge hits and he won the Filmfare award (Best Male Playback Singer) for "Na tum jaano na hum". Ahista Ahista for Ranbir Kapoor Starrer Bachna Ae Haseeno and Hairat from the movie Anjaana Anjaani are some of his other Bollywood hits.
Being the nephew of Meena Kumari, one of the great actresses to grace the Indian screen, and moreover being Mehmood's son, Lucky Ali did not lack the requisite opportunity to make his debut as an actor. 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) where he acted along leading stars like legend Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Kumar Gaurav and Suniel Shetty. Lucky also acted in the TV serial Zara Hatke. In 2002, he acted in the Hindi musical Sur-The Melody of Life essaying a complex role that earned him accolades as an actor..