Born: Karachi, Pakistan
Birthday: 20th April, 1973
Who is he?
He came, he sang and he conquered. That pretty much sums up the life of Fakhir Mehmood, our very own romantic crooner and music genius. Fakhir’s first introduction to the magic of music was at the age of eight when he purchased a small harmonica for the first time. A few years down the line, his fascination for electronic gadgets (He is a qualified electrical engineer on the side) and passion for music lead him to set up his own music studio in Karachi. Here, he experimented and perfected his craft, first as founding member of the famous Awaaz group and then, as a solo artist as well. We can’t thank him enough for the superhits Tere Bina Dil Na Lagge and Mahi Ve. Not only is Fakhir’s soulful voice enough to make us go gaga, his musical genius includes countless awards, outstanding live concerts and a variety of instruments including the keyboard and guitar! Top that off with his chiseled features and gentlemanly attitude and you have some major eye candy.
Why we love him
With his multiple talents, articulate mannerisms and a face that reminds us of Edward Cullen, what’s not to love? As a singer, songwriter, musician, composer, philanthropist and all around family man, Fakhir just seems to have it all and wants to do even more.
Good looks and exceptional talent are just a few of Fakhir’s qualities: he is equally caring and always tries his best to use his stardom positively. Over the years, Fakhir has undertaken many charity programmes and served as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organisation, Save the Children and Human Development as well. He is very patriotic and relishes the status of being a cultural ambassador for Pakistan and was even awarded the ‘Influential Asian’ by the Governor of New York in 2011 as part of the Asian Heritage Week.
What you didn’t know about him
Fakhir describes himself as self-righteous and upfront to the extent of becoming blunt which can get him into trouble at times!
The video for Fakhir’s smash hit Dilruba was shot in Spain and happens to be the most expensive Pakistani music video ever made.
Fakhir is proud to have received the presidential ‘Pride of Performance’ award, the highest reward for a musician in Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, Ms T, September 22nd, 2013.