Haider Ali is the son of Esther Victoria Abraham (Pramila) and M Kumar. He was the only child and continued to make his life in Indian film. He started life as a comedian, was an excellent limbo dancer, starred in television and film, and is best known for writing the screenplay of the much acclaimed Bollywood film Jodhaa Akbar. He also performs a sufi number in the film, Khwaja Mere Khwaja. The films in which he had acted include: Akriet (1981), Saaransh (1984), Aaj (1987), Main Zinda Hoon (1988), Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989), Baazi (1995), Trump Card ( 2009), Daayara (2010), to name a few.