Aasif Khan (born March 13, 1991) is indeed an Indian film actor best known for playing as Babar in the web television show Mirzapur, an explosive crime thriller (2018-2020).
Aasif Khan was born and reared in Nimbahera, a tiny town in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh area. Mr Late Ayyub Khan worked for J.K. Cement, while his mother, Mrs Firdous Ayyub Khan, worked as a homemaker. He has a sister and two brothers.
Khan had a weak academic record but a strong desire to pursue a career in the arts. His interest in playing originated in 2001 when he played a slave inside the Kissa Kursi Ka play at his school’s annual event.
He was greatly influenced by comic Raju Srivastava’s “shaadiwallah” performance on the popular TV show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. It inspired him to enter a local stand-up comedy competition, which he unexpectedly won.
His acting career came to a halt when his father died suddenly in 2008. He supplemented his income by working part-time and completing his higher secondary schooling at the same time.
Khan relocated to Mumbai in 2010 to pursue his acting career. He originally supported himself by working as a waiter in a hotel. Later, he laboured inside a mall while still auditioning, in which he was encouraged to study the art of acting and perform theatre.
As a junior artist, he featured in Ready as well as Agneepath. In order to learn theatre and hone his acting skills, he attended the Sarthak and Ujaagar Theatre Group in Jaipur in 2011. He worked as a professional theatrical artist for five years, alongside notable organisations and known individuals such as Sabir Khan, in plays such as Abu Hassan, helmed by Rajiv Acharya, and others.
In 2015, he participated at the Pakistan National Academy of Performing Arts’ International Theatre Festival in Karachi in the Rajasthani production Kasumal Sapno, a musical adaption of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Ajeet Singh Palawan (NAPA).
In 2016, Aasif went to Mumbai as well as worked last year as a casting associate at Casting Bay, which is run by his friend and mentor Abhishek Banerjee and Anmol Ahuja. In the films Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Pari, he had cameo appearances.
In Anurag Worlikar’s short movie Vacancy (2017), he portrayed Durgesh Kumar, a young aspirant for just an interview, about which he got the Best Actor award at Skylight Film Festival (2018) as well as Cineshorts by Viacom18.
In the web series Babar, he played a faithful aide in 2018. Mirzapur Aasif makes his Bollywood debut appearance in Raj Kumar Gupta’s India’s Most Wanted (2019), in which he co-starred with Arjun Kapoor as Bittu Sinha.