Ali Zafar’s own version of Pakistan Super League (PSL) anthem ‘Mela Loot Liya’, which was released on Sunday, March 1, 2020, has taken fans by storm. Within just two days, the upbeat number has garnered more than four million views on YouTube, together with 300,000-plus likes and numerous comments.
As against that, it took PSL’s official anthem ‘Tayyar Hain’ over a month to amass an equivalent number of views on the video-sharing platform.
Despite not being officially invited to sing for the HBL PSL V, Zafar finally decided to produce the new song after a news anchor took to his Twitter and urged the Pakistani public to participate in a poll, asking them if they want Ali Zafar to sing for the tournament.
In response, 82 per cent of the participants voted for Zafar to bring his foot-stomping, hand-clapping, and sing-along songs back to PSL.
Ali Zafar is releasing his own PSL anthem and Asim Azhar is cool with it
Apart from the votes, users also took to the comments section and expressed their desire to listen to the singer once again, with many fans commenting that the PSL seems incomplete without Zafar’s voice.
To produce the video of the new anthem, the Rangeen songster also initiated a social media campaign called ‘Bhaee Hazir Hai’, and asked his fans from all over the world to send him some dance clips to be included in the video – a promise that he duly fulfilled to the delight of his fans.
The singer has produced three anthems for previous PSL seasons, including ‘Dil Se Jaan Laga De’, ‘Ab Khel Ke Dikha’ and the most famous of all, ‘Ab Khel Jamay Ga’.
Interestingly, days before its release, a petition was filed in a Lahore court seeking a restraining order against the singer.
The petitioner, Rizwan Nawab, claimed that Zafar’s self-styled version of the PSL anthem might potentially "damage the rating and popularity of PSL edition five," if released during the tournament.
However, the petitioner later withdrew his petition.
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