Raja Syed Muzaffar Ali was born as the eldest son of Raja Syed Sajid Husain Ali of Kotwara. He attended La Martiniere College in his hometown in 1966 and gained a Bachelor of Science at the Aligarh Muslim University. He then worked in advertising agencies Clarion - McCann and Advertising & Sales Promotion, and from 1970 to 1981 in the public relations department of Air India. As an amateur painter had Muzaffar Ali exhibitions in Aligarh, Lucknow, Calcutta and Bombay.
His first film work was supported by the National Film Finance Corporation of poverty Drama Gaman (1978 ), which had the rural exodus to the metropolis of Bombay on the topic. The film, starring Farooq Shaikh Smita Patil in the lead roles was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the National Film Awards. With the subsequent Umrao Jaan Costume Drama (1981 ) was able to pursue his passion for creative design Muzaffar Ali, together with the set designer Bansi Chandragupta. The title role of the dancer in this adaptation of Mirza Muhammad Hadi Ruswas Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada - (Eng. " The Courtesan of Lucknow " ) from 1899 played Rekha. The film earned a Filmfare Award for Best Director.
In the 1980s, Muzaffar Ali turned frequently documentaries and short films. He worked the political issues along with his then-wife Subhashini Ali, a trade unionist and CPI ( M) politician from Kanpur and daughter of Lakshmi Sehgal, from. Their son with Subhashini, Shaad Ali, has also been designated as a film director. Muzaffar Ali's 1983 play resulting film Aagaman deals with the economic exploitation of farm workers in a sugar mill and is inspired by the poetry Faiz Ahmad Faiz revolution '. This and the following 1986 feature film Anjuman - with Shabana Azmi in the lead role - socialize with their inherent demand for fair treatment of ordinary workers in his directorial debut.
In the television film Jaan -e- Alam ( 1986) occurs Muzaffar Ali also as a performer. The story is inspired by the famous Nautanki theater piece Indrasabha, Sayed Agha Hasan Amanat the 1853 wrote to the Nawab of Avadh Wajid Ali Shah. Muzaffar Ali tried with Jaan -e- Alam in rehabilitation of the famous -for-nothing as Wajid Ali Shah. His last film project Zooni with Vinod Khanna and Dimple Kapadia has remained unfinished and unreleased.
Since the 1990s, he focused particularly on its business as a fashion designer and published his own music. He supported the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav and himself stood unsuccessfully in the election of the Parliament of Uttar Pradesh in October 1993.
2005 Muzaffar Ali was awarded the Padma Shri. He is married to the designer Meera Ali.