Lucky Ali personifies the unconventional going right on the way to success. His rough edged voice sets hearts fluttering instantly. First rising to popularity with the album Sunoh, Lucky Ali introduced a mellow, radio-friendly style of adult alternative songwriting that appealed to a mature audience favoring laid-back music consumption. His husky voice and close-to-the-heart lyrics made him a darling to the suave youth who rejected the overtly hip and shallow sounds that came before him.
Maqsood Mehmood Ali, a.k.a. Lucky Ali, was born on 19th September, 1958 in India. His father was the evergreen comedian – Mehmood, and his mother was Mahelaka, actress Meena Kumari’s sister.
The song “O Sanam” was an overnight hit, winning Lucky several awards, including Screen Awards’ Best Pop Vocalist and Channel V Viewers’ Choice Award for Sunoh. Three more successful albums followed in a span of eight years, apart from various notable music projects. Bollywood has seen some of the catchiest chart toppers in a long time from Lucky Ali, like Ahista Ahista, Ek Pal Ka Jeena and Na Tum Jaano Na Hum which won him the Filmfare Award.
Lucky Ali is a self-taught guitarist. Ali has worked in diverse jobs like horse breeding, farming, carpet-selling and also an oil rig. Ali states his favorite piece of music is the Quran being recited. He has sung “Anjaani Raahon Mein” in the album “Meri Jaan Hindustan” which commemorated 50 years of Indian independence in 1997.
Ali has also starred in a few movies, the most notable being the Hindi musical hit Sur: The Melody of Life and Kaante.
With a soulful but strikingly simple singing in a melodious voice, The Ballad King of Indi-pop never fails to impress!
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay