Ali Zafar to perform on Indian Idol

Published: June 21, 2010
Ali Zafar is all set to perform on ‘Indian Idol’. PHOTO: FILE

Ali Zafar is all set to perform on ‘Indian Idol’. PHOTO: FILE

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.

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  • Jun 22, 2010 - 1:02PM

    Wish all the best for Ali Zafar’s upcoming film Tere Bin LadenRecommend

  • Alina K.
    Jun 22, 2010 - 6:59PM

    HUH! The episode aired yesterday and Ali Zafar was not even introduced when he came on stage which was for barely two minutes. The camera never focused on him and absolutely no one even acknowledged him. SO MUCH FOR INDIAN CHAMCHAGIRI!Recommend

  • Sarmad Butt
    Jun 22, 2010 - 8:36PM

    I think we should appreciate our artists and not always criticize. Just the fact that he has been selected out of all the indian and pakistani actors is a great thingRecommend

  • ayesha khalid
    Jun 22, 2010 - 8:39PM

    Indian Idol is the most popular indian TV show. Just his appearance with asha bhonsle (as zoom tv played) shows they have acknowledged him as a star. Why can’t we digest the fact?Recommend

  • Junaid
    Jun 22, 2010 - 9:00PM

    i couldnt agree more with Alina K… the fact that all our stars are desperately trying to step in the indian film industry disgusts me.. What happened at Indian Idol shows the respect that they have for our industry.
    Whereas we have flooded our cinemas with indian films and music, we fail to see their reluctance to return the favor.. Yes, i would agree that our films are not even close to theirs’ but then again we do see great efforts by Jawaad Ahmed’s latest production which by the way was also rejected by Yash Raj productions claiming that Yash Raj is too big for Lollywood.
    i think instead of trying to go to india, our stars, like jawad should actually do an effort to lift the standard of our films. yes it wouldnt be too heavy on the pocket but i assure you the satisfaction would be far greater.Recommend

  • mahira
    Jun 23, 2010 - 1:45AM

    I totally disagree with alina. Indians have always been very careful when it comes to acknowledging pakistani talent. How can they let a pakistani singer overshadow their singers? Its common sense.Recommend

  • Maha
    Jun 23, 2010 - 4:20AM

    I think they acknowledged Ali quite well, and even referred to him as “Prince of Pop, Ali Zafar.” The use of full name and the title shows how they have appreciated him– the little things do count a lot.
    Ofcourse they’re not going to focus the whole show on him– not yet– Ali is well known but there is still a majority of people in India who don’t know him. Hopefully that’s going to change in the very short future.

    @Junaid– About lifting the standard of our films; Ali Zafar is going to be launching his own Film House very soon, Inshallah. So you can see he’s already putting his efforts in to do something on this topic.

    Last but not the least, I’m excited for his new film, will make sure to watch it.Recommend

  • Aashoor
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:04AM

    I wish Ali becomes the ever biggest CRUSH of Indian cinema. The only way we can prove our extremely talented artists like Nusrat, Rahat and Atif. As far as the movie is concerned I am totally mad for the movie and really can’t wait till 16th July. I wanna see Ali on big screen NOW lolzz. I wish him a huge success in Bollywood.

    Waisay Ali Zafar lucky hai yaar, India waloon ne main role Muhammad Ali sb. aur Nadeem ko bahi nahi dia :D Ali to phir bacha hai :D lekin lucky bacha hai. What I expect from him is ”Came, Saw & conquered” OVER n OUT :)Recommend

  • Alina K.
    Jun 23, 2010 - 10:30AM

    I was basically commenting on the article itself which has made it sound like a big deal that he is performing on Indian Idol. However, when he was actually on stage, he was not even introduced and how we are making a big deal out of it, it really wasn’t. As for Ayesha Khalid, you should see the original footage, and not something on Zoom TV because he was not even in the episode WITH Asha Bhonsle. Hah! And I do agree that Zoom TV gave him good coverage but that hardly has the same viewership as Indian Idol does =)Recommend

  • Manisha
    Jun 23, 2010 - 10:34AM

    Learn to Chill guys! Indian audience are already waiting for the movie with super excitement and he is being acknowledged big time here in India.Actors lik Salman n everyone are busy promoting him…don’t make conclusions and sulk based on one tv show.Either you can enjoy the movie or sulk, crib and critisize just about every stuff you set your eyes on..haha!
    P.S. Ali is super cute…We should get his pin up posters :D :P Recommend

  • Zafaryab
    Jun 23, 2010 - 12:15PM

    Ali Zafar didn’t sing any song on the set and he was barely focused and not even introduced??? :@ He should have been at least allowed or invited to sing one of his songs from his movie on the set of Indian Idol.!!!!Recommend

  • Zafaryab
    Jun 23, 2010 - 12:17PM

    But i agree with Mahera 100 %Recommend

    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:06PM

    talent finds its own way.. the songs of his movie i have heard so far are going to be a great success..even if sony tv did not promote him for some odd reason ppl are still going to like him.. Recommend

  • sana
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:22PM

    super interesting songs, welldone.. ali zafar we wish u all the bestRecommend

  • anjum
    Jun 25, 2010 - 8:17PM

    guys ..big stars don’t need any intro …..ranbir and lot of other stars have come …..we haven’t seen anyone getting anything like a “intro”..people anyways know them and besides we in india follow ali zafar’s music ever since he has started….so just chill ..please dont make it an ego issue Recommend

  • Usman Aziz
    Jun 30, 2010 - 7:35PM

    It would be very odd saying that why Pakistani artists are driven to bollywood like that , you know perfect CHAMCHAAGERI it is , i feel proud that karan johar , salman khan has praised the film n even salman has introduced him on twitter but,………… why cant he share this talent in india and finally why artists dnt stop them by being critisized by indians…. n by remaining unsuccessful they have to face he same in Pakistan also…. biggest example is meeraaRecommend

  • tahir hamid
    Jul 23, 2010 - 12:48AM

    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.Recommend

  • adewani
    Jul 23, 2010 - 11:28AM

    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!Recommend

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