Ali Zafar to perform on Indian Idol

Ali Zafar’s media manager Ammara Hikmat said that the artist is currently in Mumbai to promote his upcoming film.

Express June 21, 2010

Ali Zafar’s media manager Ammara Hikmat said that the artist is currently in Mumbai to promote his upcoming film Tere Bin Laden. The soundtrack of the movie was released yesterday, featuring four songs in Zafar’s voice. The album also includes a special track “Bus aik soch” written and composed by Zafar.

“He is going to perform on ‘Indian Idol 5’ and unveil the CD of Tere Bin Laden which is to be aired on 21st June on Sony TV,” Zafar’s manager Sarfaraz Niaz told The Express Tribune.

The show will feature the composer trio Shankar-Ehsan-Loy that has directed music for Tere Bin Laden as the judge.

Hikmat said that Ali Zafar is playing the male lead in his first Bollywood venture and he is the first male Pakistani actor to play a lead role in an Indian movie. The four songs Zafar has sung for Tere Bin Laden have taken cyber media by storm with its catchy lyrics, she said.

The huge fan following of this pop star on social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook have already welcomed his Indian tunes with overflowing appreciative comments. Making it to Bollywood and performing in the most popular Indian reality show is surely going to quadruple his star status. The show goes on air in the third week of July after his movie release, Hikmat said.

Beginning his musical journey in 2003, Ali Zafar has become one of the most famous singers in the South Asian entertainment industry. The artist has performed in over 200 shows in 11 countries. He has also won the Indus Music Award 2005 for Best Pop Artist and the Asian Bollywood Music Award 2005 for Best Pop Music Album in Pakistan.

Ali Zafar may be the first male actor to play a lead role in Bollywood but when it comes to performing in India, Zafar joins a list of Pakistani singers like Jal, Strings, Call, Atif Aslam, Junoon, Fuzon, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Amjad Sabri and Akash.

Additionally, in the past few years, Bollywood directors have featured many songs from Pakistani singers.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2010.


adewani | 11 years ago | Reply Why don't we understand that our mother tongue has the biggest market following in India and not at Homeland. With more than one billion people craving for entertainment as compared to 180 million, many of which consider music Haram (prohibited), what is the harm in capitalizing that market if one is a career-artist? Secondly, our production quality would only improve if we stop isolating ourselves from world. It's all about learning, observing and picking up the best global standards and what else could be the best way to do it then working with those who have already mastered the art? Let's say if India opens it's market for Pakistan, won't our companies consider establishing their offices their to bank on a market that caters one-billion ppl? If that would be fair why not this? We should now stop publicizing this old taboo that who ever works in America or India is working against Pakistan. This is a notion that can no more be sold!
tahir hamid | 11 years ago | Reply There is no harm in our people trying to make a name across the border..our actors or musicians need international exposure that is provided to them in India...these guys need money to survive and because this is their sole source of income, they have to explore every avenue available to make it big and to make a decent living. In Pakistan, its a shame that we have basically ruined everything that we have touched apart from our dramas and our music. Then again in Pakistan, not everyone can afford to make music videos. As far as our film industry is concerned, most of the people involved in making films were illiterate. Acting is an art and so is film production, editing, direction, is unfortunate that attention wasnt paid by the government in using this media for projecting Pakistan...if India can make market itself through this media, Pakistan could also have done so. However then again the type of men and women in this industry were not a class that could compete with the Indians. As a Pakistani, i dont like the idea of local channels screening Indian movies because this medium is being used by Hollywood and Bollywood to spread their values and their culture.
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