Asif Basra was born in the small central Indian town of Amravati in 1967. He first ventured onto the stage as a teenager during school theatre productions, and there began his passion for acting.
In 1989 Asif moved to Mumbai and continued to act in college productions, regularly winning prizes for the characters he played. He graduated as a B.Sc of Physics, completed a computer course and got himself a job. But theatre continued to draw him and every month he would spend all his salary on watching plays.
In 1991, Asif went to see Salim Ghouse’s production of Athol Fugard’s play Boesman andLena night after night for a week. Ghouse, well-known on the English stage, was intrigued and asked to meet him—a meeting that turned out to mark his entry into the Mumbai theatre scene.
It was soon after this that Ghouse was staging a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet when one of his actors quit, and he asked Asif to step into the role of Horatio.
From 1991 to 1996, while still working full time, Asif was performing regularly on stage, acting in English, Hindi and Urdu productions. He started to attract considerable acclaim for his performances, including for the five characters he played in Feroz Khan’s Mahatma vs. Gandhi (English), and Main Bhi Superman (Hindi).
In 1996, Asif decided to quit his 9-to-5 job as opportunities started to open up in television. He started being regularly cast in Hindi movies, and later in Hollywood productions such as One Night With The King (2006), directed by Michael O. Sajbeland, and Outsourced (2007), directed by John Jeffcoat.
For almost 20 years Asif has made acting his full time profession and continues to star regularly in films, while still pursuing his love for theatre when his schedule allows. When he’s not working, Asif indulges in another of his passions, taking off on his Royal Enfield Bullet for biking adventures across India.