One of the most underrated actors in the Tamil film industry, Mansoor Ali Khan is known for his versatility. From comedic roles to playing the terrifying villain, the veteran has done it all. Mansoor Ali Khan who started his career in 1991, in his career spanning over 25 years, has starred in more than 50 films mostly in Tamil, apart from a few films in Malayalam, Kannada, and Telugu languages.
After failing got any attention or recognition for his role in his debut film Thangamana Thangachi (1991), Mansoor Ali Khan got his big break with Captain Prabhakaran (1991), a directorial venture of R. K. Selvamani. The movie, which was inspired by the life of Prabhakaran, the former leader of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) had Mansoor playing the role of an antagonist. His role in the film was loosely based on the life of the infamous forest bandit, Veerappan. His brilliant performance won him wide appreciation from both the critics and the audience. The film remains one of the biggest hits of his career. In 1992, he appeared in the action movie Samundi that stars R. Sarathkumar and Kanaka Mahalakshmi in prominent roles.
Following the huge success of Captain Prabhakaran, Mansoor Ali Khan received plenty of offers and he continued to play mostly antagonist`s role all through the 90`s and the 2000s. With the dawn of the new millennium, the versatile actor started experimenting more with comedy and supporting roles. Some of his notable film credits post-2000 include Raajjiyam (2002), Neranja Manasu (2004), Kanthaswamy (2009), Thillalangadi (2010), Singam 2 (2013), Naanum Rowdydhaan (2015), Bruce Lee (2017) and his 2018 releases include Yenda Thalaiyila Yenna Vekkala, a Tamil comedy horror directed by Vignesh Karthick and Sema.
Apart from acting, the versatile actor has also worked as a music composer, writer, and producer. Having made his debut as a music director with Rajadhi Raja Raja Kulothunga Raja Marthanda Raja Gambeera Kathavaraya Krishna Kamarajan (1993), he subsequently composed for films like Vaazhga Jananayagam (1996), and Athiradi (2015), the last of which was also his maiden venture as a producer and writer. His 2019 releases include NGK and Jackpot.