Ali Azmat takes a dig at younger musicians in leaked video

Published: July 26, 2016
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Turns out Ali is really upset with the newer lot.
PHOTO: FILE

Turns out Ali is really upset with the newer lot. PHOTO: FILE

Turns out Ali Azmat has a lot to say about young Pakistani musicians. A leaked video of the former Junoon member has surfaced in which he is seen criticising the younger lot and, let’s just say, he seems quite unhappy.

In the video Ali is seen saying, “Aisay hee star koi thora ban jata hai cheekhain maar kay. O bhai ganay bananay partay hain aur phir continuously ganay bananay partay hain [You don’t become a star just like that, by screaming and shouting. You have to compose songs and compose them continuously.]”

He then goes on to take a dig at singers who have ventured into acting. “Do mahinay ganay nahi banay toh dramay mein aa gaye. Hit ho gaye. Dramay mein hit ho gaye toh star ban gaye [You can’t make music for a couple of months, do a TV serial instead. It becomes a hit and you become a star. That’s not how it works.]”

I used to carry a weapon and even used it several times: Ali Azmat

Ali is also seen taking a jab at Umair Jaswal when a person sitting with him points out that Sami Meri Vaar was a big hit.. “Is Sami Meri Vaar his own song? It’s a folk song. They made random changes to it and turned it into a mess.”

The Na Re Na singer is then reminded that this is how the industry works, but responds saying that he’d rather stay out of it if such is the case.

*Shots fired*

Here’s the full video:

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  • Jul 26, 2016 - 4:10PM

    But he’s absolutely rightRecommend

  • Mutee
    Jul 26, 2016 - 4:10PM

    In order to make a mark like Junoon’s, more focus should be on music. Cannot disagree with Ali Azmat here. Umair Jaswal, Fawad Khan and Ali Zafar are not great role models for musicians, they are for fortune seekers though who don’t make songs to express and analyze society.Recommend

  • XoF
    Jul 26, 2016 - 5:45PM

    Totally agree.

    Make your ‘own songs’ to get the star label.

    Repeating old singles is just for nostalgia purpose. What have you delivered to the industry yet??! 90s Was the time we had our great raw talents.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jul 26, 2016 - 6:15PM

    I don’t hear anything wrong from Ali Azmat… Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Jul 26, 2016 - 6:25PM

    I never found Ali azmat to be a good singer. I believe their music was better than the vocals.Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jul 26, 2016 - 7:11PM

    Totally agree with Ali Azmat. Seems music industry in Pakistan is dead and buried since the last decade.Recommend

  • S
    Jul 26, 2016 - 7:54PM

    All the new ones are just after money. They will do what gives them a lot of money. Singing is not lucrative enough? Join dramas. Dramas not lucrative enough? Join films or seek work in India. It’s all about the money nowRecommend

  • Swaqar
    Jul 26, 2016 - 11:29PM

    He’s right though! Recommend

  • Masooma
    Jul 27, 2016 - 4:51AM

    @Swaqar:
    Yar umair jaswal is versatile… he is working on new things …. how do u get money…?? When people like it?? Right… whenever people like it so they get money…. they are making industry more entertaining so what’s wrong… I dnt agree with ali azmatRecommend

  • Faizan
    Jul 27, 2016 - 8:18AM

    Don’t think he said anything wrong there. He’s marking the difference between musicians and stars, and wannabesRecommend

  • Passion
    Jul 27, 2016 - 10:37AM

    I don’t know that whether Ali Azmat is right or not,but one thing that I know for sure is that Umair Jaswal’s “Sammi Meri Waar” was a far bigger hit than Ali Azmat’s “Rangeela” in Coke Studio Season 8. Recommend

  • Dr Omar
    Jul 27, 2016 - 1:04PM

    With lesser number of gigs and lack of royalties for recorded material, its no surprise that musicians are looking into additional skills to pay the bills! But its sad hearing such comments from this gentleman (whom I admire as musician) for he too has conveniently acted in dramas, movies as well as talk/talent shows and now is quick to criticize other for following suit.

    Looks more like case of the kettle calling the pot black! Recommend

  • Zain
    Jul 27, 2016 - 5:15PM

    Ali is an artist and jaswal is a celebrityRecommend

  • istaburg
    Jul 28, 2016 - 2:38AM

    @Passion – It is due to the intellectually decimated people like you who make culture of mediocrity even stronger… unfortunately you are in the majority….. and take pleasure making trivial comparison like rangeela and sami mere war….grow up Recommend

  • hira
    Jul 28, 2016 - 12:21PM

    i am sorry but mr.ali himself made songs in the past which has 90% of times screams and nothing really “lyrical” or musical in them…Recommend

  • hira
    Jul 28, 2016 - 12:23PM

    i am sorry maybe he is just venting out … he used to scream 90% in most of his songs… and after junoon could he produce a single sensible song no… and as for acting he did act in couple of plays one where he played doc ali… so let’s just take this as his vent out and frustration talking Recommend

  • Sam
    Aug 8, 2016 - 5:08PM

    This is really sad, there’s enough for everyone dont fight BTW Ali Azmat’s “yaro yehi dosti hai” was a copy of an English song.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Sep 11, 2016 - 2:37AM

    Though Junoon’s music was mostly Salman Ahmed’s vision, but he’s right – Junoon paid its dues as a performing live band that had integrity (and that too in an era of no private channels and heavy censorship). Ali’s own material is also good but nowhere near Junoon. These days pretty young faces go up on Coke Studio to get their 15 minutes of fame. That’s why we haven’t had a true star emerge from our music scene in the last decade.Recommend

  • Abubakar
    Oct 10, 2016 - 4:36PM

    @Sam: which english song? please let me know I am interested in old songs which are ripped of later. Btw as far as I remember, it was a Band; Jupiters song and Ali Azmat was merely a vocalist in only that song of their whole album.Recommend

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