|Zaheer Iqbal Ratnasi Navbharat Times
|Actor and Businessman
|Playing the role of 'Kabir' in the 2019 Bollywood film, Notebook.
|Physical Stats & More
|in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
|in kilograms- 80 kg
in pounds- 176 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)
|- Chest: 42 Inches
- Waist: 32 Inches
- Biceps: 16 Inches
|Film: Notebook (2019); as Kabir
|In 2020, Zaheer Iqbal was awarded the Lions Gold Award by Lions Club SOL under the category of "Path Breaking Debutant of The Year."
|Date of Birth
|10 December 1988 (Saturday)
|Age (as of 2021)
|Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Bombay Scottish School
|Islam India Today
|Relationships & More
|• Deeksha Seth (actress, rumored)
• Sana Saeed (actress, rumored)
• Sonakshi Sinha (actress)
|Father- Iqbal Ratnasi (jeweller and builder)
Mother- Name not known
|Brother- Mohammad Ladha (younger)
Sister- Sanam Ratnasi (elder, stylist)
|Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Govinda, Aamir Khan
|Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone
|Andaz Apna Apna, Hum Tum, Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai
|United Kingdom, Maldives
|Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
|He owns a BMW 5 Series 530d.
|• He owns a Ducati.
• He owns a Royal Enfield.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Zaheer Iqbal Ratnasi
- Zaheer Iqbal is an Indian actor and a businessman. He is known for playing the role of Kabir in the 2019 Bollywood film “The Notebook.”
- Zaheer Iqbal was born into an upper-class business family with a Bollywood connection as his father, Iqbal Ratansi, and Salman Khan have been friends for years.
- Zaheer Iqbal completed his schooling at Bombay Scottish School. In the school, famous Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor was his school senior.
- After completing his formal education, Zaheer Iqbal worked with his father in his family’s construction business for six years. In an interview, he said,
Before making an entry into the film industry, I was looking after my father’s construction business. I still am today. Whenever I am at a construction site with my father, I toy around in the bulldozers and trucks. These are massive pieces of machinery, which I like to play with.”
- Zaheer Iqbal idolizes Salman Khan since childhood. It was Salman, who asked Zaheer about his plans for taking up acting as a career during Zaheer’s elder sister’s wedding ceremony. In an interview, Zaheer said,
Salman Bhai and I were at Sanam’s marriage ceremony, where he saw me dancing. Earlier he had to go to Rajasthan for some urgent work, but due to some issue or the other, his departure got delayed. So, he decided to come to my sister’s wedding instead. He joined me on the stage and we both danced for almost an hour, non stop. A few minutes after our dance, Salman bhai approached me and asked, What are you upto nowadays? To which I replied, not much. He then, while hugging me, told me that I could become a great actor and asked me to drop everything that I was doing, at that time, and join him in the film industry.”
- For two to three years, Zaheer Iqbal worked with Salman Khan as his assistant, and he would often visit the shooting locations, where he learned to improve his dialogue delivery with the help of Salman Khan. In an interview, Zaheer stated,
For two or maybe three years, I used to go to Salman Bhai’s shoots. There he would often practice his dialogues and dance steps with me. He, at first, would ask me to deliver the dialogues and then corrected me, whenever I made a mistake, which improved my dialogue delivery in the films.”
- To prepare Zaheer for his acting career, Salman asked Zaheer to attend several acting and dancing workshops. He was even asked by Salman Khan to undertake intensive martial arts training. He, in an interview, stated,
I was very impatient and often asked Salman Bhai when I would be given my chance in the films. He told me that I wasn’t ready yet, and asked me to attend tons of acting and dancing workshops. He even asked me to undertake martial arts training.”
- Zaheer is also a talented guitarist. In 2020, Zaheer Iqbal began to learn to play the guitar.
- Zaheer Iqbal, as an assistant to Salman Khan, would often read film scripts, so that he could make a better decision when it came to signing films. In an interview, Zaheer stated,
I used to read scripts with Salman Bhai. I read the scripts for almost 6 years. Salman Bhai made me read those scripts so that I can achieve a better understanding of the scripts and choose movies accordingly in the future.”
- In 2019, Zaheer Iqbal made his acting debut with the Bollywood film “Notebook;” opposite Mohnish Bahl’s daughter Pranutan Bahl.
- In the same year, Zaheer Iqbal was featured on the cover of the Health and Nutrition Magazine.
- In 2020, Zaheer Iqbal participated in Celebrity Cricket League, a cricket tournament held in Mumbai, especially for Bollywood actors.
- In 2021, Zaheer Iqbal was offered a role in the film Double XL. The film has Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi as its star cast in the lead roles.
- Zaheer has a special affection for kids, and he loves to spend his time with them.
- Salman Khan owes Zaheer’s father Rs. 2011, which he intends to pay back with interest by making Zaheer a Bollywood star worth Rs. 200 Crore. In an interview, Zaheer stated,
I remember Salman Bhai saying, that he still owes 2011 Rupees to my father, a sum he had taken to take out his girlfriend. He once told me that he will repay the money to my father with interest by making me a 200 Crore star in Bollywood. That would be his interest in the Rs 2011, which he borrowed.”
- Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan was Zaheer Iqbal’s classmate in his school.
- Zaheer Iqbal, in an interview, expressed his desire, to not only work in the Bollywood industry but also to work in different regional film industries. In an interview, he said,
I am looking forward to working with the Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and Gujarati film industries. I want to explore new options and opportunities. I am quite sure that my work in any of the regional cinema would make people fall in love with me as well as my skills.”
- Zaheer Iqbal is a huge fan of Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, and he has watched almost all of her films. In an interview, Zaheer claimed that,
Madhuri Dixit is my most favourite actress. In fact, she is a lady, who is loved by our entire family. She is the love of my dad and my grandfather as well.”
- In 2014, Zaheer Iqbal worked as an Assistant Director with Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan in the film “Jai Ho.”
- In 2017, Zaheer Iqbal’s vehicle was fined for exceeding the speed limit on the Bandra–Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.
- Zaheer Iqbal is a fitness enthusiast. In an interview, he stated,
When I broke two of my fingers, I could not exercise for two months, at all, and I began to feel more and more stressed out. It was at that time I realised how important it is to exercise regularly, even if it is for half an hour.”
- Since early childhood, Zaheer Iqbal had dreamt of becoming a film actor. In an interview, Zaheer said,
I wanted to be an actor and I was very crazy about it. I and my friends had even planned to make a movie, where I would be an actor while three other friends of mine would become producer, scriptwriter and director.”
- In 2022, Zaheer Iqbal, reportedly, walked out of Salman Khan’s film titled Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. The Times of India
- In 2022, Zaheer Iqbal was given a UAE Golden Visa, an honour bestowed upon him by the Dubai Government.
- Zaheer Iqbal loves to travel. He often visits and explores new places with his friends and family. He prefers to travel with his family than to travel alone. In an interview, Zaheer claimed,
I like to travel to new places. But I do not like the idea of solo travelling. What is the point of visiting and exploring a beautiful place when you cannot cherish the moment with anyone who’s close to you? So I, prefer travelling with either a buddy or with family.”
- Apart from playing cricket, Zaheer Iqbal also knows how to play table tennis.
- In his leisure time, Zaheer Iqbal likes to ride his bicycle.
- Zaheer Iqbal likes to smoke. On several occasions, Zaheer has been spotted smoking.
- Zaheer Iqbal enjoys his drinks when he is partying with his friends and family.
- Zaheer Iqbal often participates in swimming, marathon running and cross-country cycling competitions.