Ali Merchant is an Indian TV actor, DJ, music producer and TV anchor. In 2022, he participated as a contestant in the reality TV series ‘Lock Up’, in which his ex-wife Sara Khan was his co-contestant.
Ali Merchant was born on Tuesday, 13 December 1988 (age 33 years; by 2021) in Mumbai. Their zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
He did his schooling from St. Aloysius High School, Bandra, Mumbai. He then studied at RD National College, Bandra, Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx): 65 kg
Hair Color: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (Approx.): Chest 40″ Waist 30 Biceps 12
Ali Merchant was born in a Shia Muslim family.
parents and siblings
His father’s name is Abbas Merchant and mother’s name is Salma Merchant.
In 2010, she married an Indian actor while she was in the Bigg Boss house. Sara Khan, Their marriage became the talk of the town as he was one of the few Indian actors who got married in a TV reality show. Reportedly, Sara and Ali were paid Rs. 5 million by Colors channel. Their marriage did not last long and both of them got divorced within two months of marriage. While Ali was invited as a guest on Star Plus’ TV show “Sach Ka Saamna” (2011), he was asked about his marriage with Sara. He said,
I got married on TV for publicity. Anyone could have done this in my place. Coming to Bigg Boss and then marrying Sara was the biggest mistake of my career. Actually, being in a relationship with him is my biggest regret.”
In an interview when Sara was asked about her divorce from Ali, she said,
Even before Bigg Boss, I am doing a daily soap and it made me popular and I got the reality show. Also, I married Ali because I loved him and not for money or some cheap publicity as many say. My marriage turned into a nightmare. I am deeply hurt by his behavior. I gave him a thousand chances before ending the relationship. But now we are different and I believe in the saying that whatever happens happens for good. I don’t want to look back. I want to look ahead and do better than before.”
On 29 January 2016, she married Indian investment banker Anam Merchant. Talking about his marriage, Ali said in an interview,
There is no pomp and show as she is not from the industry. We are having a party on 27th January, Nikah on 29th and reception on 30th. I feel like I am starting a new chapter in my life. I expect 2016 to be a great one for me – both on the professional and personal front. Having said that, I want my work to do the talking instead of focusing on my personal life. ,
Later, in an interview, Ali revealed that he got divorced from his wife Anam as their lifestyle was very different. he adds,
We lived together for 4 to 5 years. I think our philosophy of life was not matching. Our thought processes were not matching. She is a wonderful girl and she accepts that I am a good person. Look, my lifestyle has fallen apart. DJs brought nightlife into my life, with alcohol all around. Those live shows could not get me home on time. She was at her workplace during the day. We couldn’t get enough time together. But what could I do? I had just revived my career. ,
model and host
She began her career as a model, and at the age of 17 she participated in the Mr. Bombay contest and won the title. He has also hosted three consecutive seasons of ‘Gladrags Mega Model and Manhunt’ aired on Channel V. He has also appeared in a Hindi music video titled “Hi Mera Dil” (2018) by Tinu Arora.
He started his career as an actor in the Hindi TV serial ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki’ (2000) in which he played the role of Bharat Agarwal. In 2006 and 2007, he appeared in the episodic TV show ‘Ssshhhh… Phir Koi Hai’. After this she appeared in few TV serials like ‘Amber Dhara’ (2007), ‘Ruby’ (2008), ‘Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar’ (2009), ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ (2009), and ‘Bandini’. Work done. ‘ (2010).
He has also worked as a musician with various music labels such as T-Series, Zee Music and Speed Records. In 2018, he released two Hindi music albums titled ‘Tabahi’ and ‘Kadak’. Some of his other Hindi single remixes are ‘Gulabo’ (Zee Music; 2016), ‘Bad Boys Mashup’ (T-Series, 2016), and ‘Aao Raja’ (Zee Music; 2019).
Ali has also worked as a DJ with many popular DJs like Snake, Vini Vicky and Ritvij. Some of his major events as a DJ are:
- Bollyboom Ali Merchant India Club Tour (5 cities; 2018)
- Inauguration of Dabangg Concert for Bollywood Actors in Coca-Cola Zone (Nov 2019)
- Bollyboom 2020 shares stage with Diljit Dosanjh (Feb 2020)
- Sunburn Holly shares stage with Vinnie Vicky and Ritvij
In 2016, he participated in the celebrity cricket league ‘Box Cricket League 2’ in the Mumbai Tigers team.
Earlier he had auditioned for the TV reality show ‘MTV Roadies’ but he could not clear the audition. Ali participated in the online TV series ‘Lock Up’ (2022) as one of the wild contestants.
Facts / Trivia
- Ali Merchant’s nickname is Minnu.
- During an interview, he shared that after his divorce from Sara Khan in 2010, his professional life was affected. He said,
I took a break from acting after the controversy started in my life. After the controversy, it became very difficult for me to accept the roles that I started getting – all the controversial roles, the lighter roles. I decided that I would do something else for a while. So I got a job in Badlapur. But I was missing the industry a lot. After some time, I thought I should change the track and I got into music. I started doing remixes and mash-ups. I became a complete DJ. I am among the top five or ten best DJs in India.”
- He has received various awards for his work as a DJ including Best Trending DJ by Celeb M Awards in 2019.
- In 2022, when he was in the TV series ‘Locked Up’, he shared that he cheated Sara Khan When she was in Bigg Boss house. He said,
Then I was 23 years old. Our generation at that age was very naive and immature. So I thought this is a good opportunity to create history by getting married in the reality show (Bigg Boss). When two people are in love, the next step is to get married. We were together for two years before the show. She was living with me in my house. After coming out of Bigg Boss house I realized that there is lot of trouble between our family. I was mad at all of this. I didn’t know what to do.”
In Bigg Boss house also I saw that there was a link-up between Sara and Ashmit. Then I went to Delhi. I was in a club and I got deluded there. I met a girl. We talked on the phone. I was blown away and deeply regretted it. I wanted to tell this to Sarah. She was on the show then. The girl I met was in touch with Sara’s maternal uncle and she told him everything. Everything got covered in the media. Everything fell apart before I could do damage control. Only then did we decide that we would part ways. Ali Merchant also told that even after separation, Sara wanted to meet him, but by then some other girl had come in his life and he wanted to move on.
- Ali Merchant owns a BMW motorcycle.