Asad Shareef
Born (1964-03-04) 4 March 1964 (age 57)
Male', Maldives
  • Actor
  • politician
Years active1982–present
Political partyProgressive Party of Maldives

Asad Shareef (born 3 April 1964) is a Maldivian film actor and politician.


1982–2003: Acting career

Shareef made his career debut with the film Beykaaru.[1] The film censorship process was completed on the night of scheduled date for theatrical release.[1] During the screening of the film, it had to be abruptly stopped as the length of the film exceeds the permitted duration of theatrical screening which led to a fuss in the cinema.[1]

Ahmed Nimal-directed drama film Shakku was released in 1988, in which Shareef starred alongside Nimal and Fathimath Rameeza as generous friend wrongly accused of cheating.[2] He also starred in Hamid Ali's Dhefirin opposite Hassan Afeef and Jamsheedha Ahmed, which was primarily shot in Sri Lanka.[3] The following year, he collaborated with Abdul Faththaah for his another romantic drama series, Aisha, where he played the second husband of a woman who walks out of an abusive marriage.[4]

In 2001, Shareef received critical acclaim for his role in Aishath Ali Manik's Hiiy Edhenee (2001) which was an unofficial remake of Dharmesh Darshan's romantic film Dhadkan (2000).[5] Cast opposite Sheela Najeeb and Ali Seezan, he reprised the role played by Suniel Shetty in the original.[6] This was followed by another successful film, Ahmed Nimal-sirected Hilihilaa (2001) featuring alongside Niuma Mohamed and Mariyam Nazima playing the character of married man who is haunted by his previous affair.

One of the most successful films from his career, Fathimath Nahula's romantic film Kalaayaanulaa was released in 2003 which follows a happily married couple (played by Yoosuf Shafeeu and Aishath Shirani) where the husband decided to marry his childhood best friend (played by Niuma Mohamed) when his wife fails to sexually please him.[7] The film received widespread critical acclaim and was declared to be year's highest grossing Maldivian film release.[8] The same year, he played the lead role in Imad Ismail-directed horror film Araamagu Dhonkamana (2003), co-starring Mariyam Shazna and Mariyam Nazima.[9] The film narrates the story of a woman spirit who rises from the sea and marries a toddy extractor, disguised as a human being.[9]

2004–present: Political career

After announcing retirement from acting, Shareef was more involved in politics.[1] He contested as an individual contestant in the Maldives Media Council election and was selected as one of the council members. He also chairs the law committee of the council.[1] He is also a council member of the political party Progressive Party of Maldives.[1]


Feature film

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
N/A Beykaaru [1]
1988 Shakku Nahidh [2]
1990 Karunaige Agu Shahidh Shareef [10]
1990 Love '90
1993 Thuhumathu Shareef [11]
1997 Dhefirin Ashraf [3]
2001 Hiiy Edhenee Shahin [6]
2001 Hilihilaa Haidhar [6]
2003 Kalaayaanulaa Madhih [7]
2003 Araamagu Dhonkamana Dhon Ahammad [9]


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1998–1999 Aisha Aanim Main role [4]
2000 Reysham Nasih Main role; 13 episodes [12]

Short film

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2001 Paree Dhahtha Khalid [13]


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  2. ^ a b Adam, Ahmed Hameed (6 November 2020). "Star's Story: Nimal is a complete Star". Avas (in Divehi). Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b Adhushan, Ahmed (23 June 2018). "Another film from DRE announced". Mihaaru (in Divehi). Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b Adhushan, Ahmed (6 January 2017). "Which stars had faded too soon?". Mihaaru (in Divehi). Archived from the original on 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  5. ^ Nair, Padmaraj (August 2000). "Dhadkan: The good ol' 60s revisited". Screen. Archived from the original on 7 February 2001. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Abdulla, Fareeha (29 April 2016). "Maldivians like copied products; our own style is not accepted: Seezan" (in Divehi). Vaguthu. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Gaumee Inaam 2009 – Fathimath Nahula". Presidency Maldives (in Divehi). Archived from the original on 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  8. ^ Nadheem, Ahmed (6 September 2015). "Nahula Vs Tedry: Who among the two brought a revelation to Maldivian Cinema?". Avas (in Divehi). Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Adhushan, Ahmed (24 February 2018). "Who are the most profitable producers?". Mihaaru (in Divehi). Archived from the original on 4 January 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  10. ^ Shaheeb, Mohamed (26 July 2020). "Where is Easa Shareef?". Avas (in Divehi). Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  11. ^ Afaaf, Ali (3 June 2017). "A day from Waleedha's life". Avas (in Divehi). Archived from the original on 3 May 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  12. ^ Abdulla, Sajid (12 April 2019). "Most popular dhivehi drama series of all time". MuniAvas. Archived from the original on 20 August 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  13. ^ Adhushan, Ahmed (5 September 2016). "Nahula searching for child to play an important role". Mihaaru (in Divehi). Archived from the original on 20 August 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.