Muzaffar Ali is an Indian film-maker, fashion designer, poet, artist, music lover, revivalist and social worker. He belongs to the royal family of Kotwara.
Beginning his career in advertising, he played a role in the incipient days of Air India before moving on to a successful career as a film-maker in Bollywood. His works include movies such as Umrao Jaan and Gaman, and several documentaries and short films. He has launched his own couture line, ‘Kotwara’, and is involved in several initiatives that celebrate art, foster the traditional handicrafts of Awadh and promote Sufism. He received the Padma Shri in 2005 and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award in 2014.