The man with the magical voice — Atif Aslam is undoubtedly our biggest rock star. He is back after a hiatus with not just one but three songs which he has released in a short span of 20 days.
While two of these songs belong to Bollywood films — one for Akshay Kumar’s Rustom and the other for Tiger Shroff’s A Flying Jatt — it’s his song for Fahad Mustafa and Mehwish Hayat-starrer Actor In Law that’s become an instant hit.
“I really wanted to take some time out for myself because I have been singing for the past 12 years. I wanted to revive and reconstruct myself. But it’s high time; I will be releasing a lot of Bollywood songs, Pakistani songs and I might come back with the ‘album sound’,” Atif told The Express Tribune during a live Facebook chat.
Talking about his song for Actor In Law titled Dil Yeh Dancer Ho Gaya, he said, “We should support our cinema. This song was unique enough for me to be a part of it and I really wanted to support Nabeel and Fizza [the directors].”
One fan asked Atif who’s a better singer between him and Arijit, to which he sportingly replied, “Of course… Arijit!” He then went on to say, “Jis ko Khuda izzat daita hai uss ko aap ko bhi izzat daini chahiye [If God’s kind to someone you should also respect them]. Arijit ko izzat mili hai [Arijit has been blessed] people should respect him. I am no one to control anyone. We need to understand there’s no such thing as number one.”
There has also been a lot of speculation surrounding Atif’s return to acting (he made his big screen debut with Bol], with particular focus on his Bollywood debut. Denying all such reports Atif cleared that he hasn’t signed any acting projects yet, neither in Pakistan nor in India. “If there’s something nice I will definitely do it. You never know. I might consider acting,” he said.
Atif also narrated an incident fondly when Ranbir Kapoor’s sister Riddhima told him that his songs ‘Tera Honay Laga Hoon‘ and ‘Tu Janay Na‘ propelled Ranbir to superstardom. “Interestingly enough, not too many heroes realise what a huge impact songs can have on their careers. The other day I met Ranbir’s sister and she was so down to earth. She praised me for giving him Tera Honay Laga Hoon and Tu Janay Na. It was such a nice gesture that she would come up to me and say that that’s when Ranbir became a star.”
Here’s the complete video of his live chat:
And here’s the video of his song Dil Yeh Dancer Ho Gaya: