Yasser Usman is an Indian journalist, news presenter, biographer, and producer. He is widely known as one of the India’s most successful ‘unauthorised’ biographers. He has worked extensively as a journalist in various TV channels, news papers, and tabloids. He became viral in July 2023 when some news reports cited his book regarding Rekha’s relationship status.
Yasser Usman was born on Monday, 2 February 1987 (age 36 years; as of 2023) in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. After completing his schooling in various cities of Uttar Pradesh, he moved to Delhi to pursue higher education.
He pursued a Bachelor’s of Science degree at Ramjas College in the University of Delhi from 1997 to 2000. He later pursued a Master’s of Science degree in Ecology and Environment at the Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMU). He later pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Radio and Television Journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. LinkedIn – Yasser
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
He belongs to a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is M.Usman who is a former college principal, and his mother’s name is Haseeba Khanam who is a philanthropist. He has a sister.
Wife & Children
His wife, Nazia Erum, is a famous writer, columnist, and communication professional. The couple has a daughter.
He follows Islam.
Anchor & Producer
Yasser started his television career in 2002 with the renowned television company B.A.G Films, he produced numerous acclaimed TV shows and documentaries, including the successful crime show ‘Red Alert.’ He joined the creative programming team of Channel 7 (IBN7) in 2005 and produced India’s first reality sports show, titled ‘Speedster’ which was hosted by renowned cricketers Wasim Akram and Ajay Jadeja. He later hosted a weekly film review show called ‘Premier 7.’ He demonstrated his creative skills by writing and directing the investigative show ‘RAAZ- forensic files se,’ which offered a weekly dramatic representation of landmark forensic investigations in India.
Yasser collaborated with the well-known journalist Anirudh Bahl on his investigative show ‘Benaqab’ (Star News). He served as the creative consultant for the humorous talk show ‘The Tony B Show’ on Channel V in 2006. His career took him to join the top news channel of India, Star News, in 2007, where he became an integral part of its non-fiction programming team. In his role as a senior professional in the non-fiction programs division of ABP News, Yasser planned and conceptualized popular content and shows for the channel.
He directed documentaries on a wide range of topics, including significant events like 9/11 (102 minutes-from Ground Zero, New York) and 26/11, as well as documentaries on sports, films, and biographies of political and film personalities. Some of Usman’s successful shows include ‘Benaqaab,’ ‘Poll Khol,’ ‘Mera Naam Joker,’ ‘Love Story,’ ‘Jaane Bhi Do,’ and ‘Second Opinion’ (as a writer). He also worked on reality shows such as ‘Star Anchor Hunt’ (as Executive Producer-Creatives) and ‘Cricket, Camera, Action’ (on IPL). Yasser’s portfolio includes investigative features like ‘Gangajal,’ focusing on Ganga Pollution, and biographies of political and film personalities. He also anchored and produced the automobile review show ‘Top Speed.’
Yasser has had a versatile and accomplished career in the television and film industry. As a TV anchor and film writer, he has had the opportunity to host news bulletins and conduct interviews with numerous stars and newsmakers from Bollywood.
His role as a film critic and commentator has also been notable, and his work has been published in major newspapers both in India and abroad, including Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Hindu, Khaleej Times, Dawn, and Outlook.
Yasser Usman has gained widespread recognition as a celebrated biographer, with a series of bestselling books that provide readers with unique insights into the lives of Bollywood’s iconic personalities. He has published books on Rajesh Khanna (published by Penguin Random House) in 2015, Rekha (published by Juggernaut) in 2017, Sanjay Dutt (published by Juggernaut) in 2018, and Guru Dutt (published by Simon & Schuster) in 2020.
Sanjay Dutt’s Biography
After Yasser released biography of Sanjay Dutt in 2018, Dutt criticised Yasser and threatened a legal action against him and the publisher, Juggernaut Books. Dutt claimed that the biography has facts based on hearsay and unverified sources. In response, Juggernaut Books responded by saying that they were equally sorry for the situation. Hindustan Times
Rekha’s Live-in relationship
In July 2023, some reports claimed that Yasser mentioned in Rekha’s biography that she was in a live-in relationship with her secretary, Farzana. Yasser completely disregarded this fact and claimed that it was a misrepresentation of facts. Hindustan Times
It's despicable how clickbait journalism has an aversion towards verifying facts. And most often they target women.
A statement. pic.twitter.com/sYBCZxLsp9
— 𝒀𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒓 𝑼𝒔𝒎𝒂𝒏 (@yasser_aks) July 22, 2023
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Red Ink Award for journalism in 2015
- Crossword Award for Rajesh Khanna in 2015
- Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2012
- NT Award (News Television Award) three years in a row in 2009, 2010, and 2011
- Indian Telly Award in 2006 for the best Crime Show Raaz-Forensic Files (on Channel 7)
- He is the founder editor of the Bollywood website www.FilmyMonkey.com which quickly gained popularity and became one of the top film entertainment websites within a year of its inception in 2016.
- Many people have claimed that his writings focus on dark side of Bollywood.
- He is a cricket lover and likes to watch matches featuring Indian National team.