Atif Aslam

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Atif Aslam
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Background information
Native name عاطف اسلم
Birth name Muhammad Atif Aslam
Born Wazirabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Origin Lahore, Pakistan
Genres Rock, Pop, Sufi
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Coke Studio
Jal
Website http://www.aadeez.com

Atif Aslam (born Muhammad Atif Aslam) is a Pakistani pop/rock singer, dancer and film actor, and makes cameo appearances in Bollywood (Indian) films. His debut as an actor was in the 2011 film Pakistani movie Bol by ShoMan. He has recorded numerous chart-topping songs,[1] and is known for his vocal belting technique.[2] He was declared the most popular artist on Saavn (an Indian music streaming service) in 2013, followed by Arijit Singh, A. R. Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal, and Mohit Chauhan.[3] Atif is the youngest recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one Pakistan civilian decoration.

Personal life[edit]

Atif was born into a Muslim family in Wazirabad, Pakistan. He began his education in kindergarten at Kimberley Hall School, Larkana. In 1991 he moved to Rawalpindi where he continued his studies in St. Paul's Cambridge School, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi. Atif returned to Lahore in 1995 where he continued his studies in Divisional Public School, Lahore. He continued onwards to his FSC in Punjab College where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree.[4][5][6][7] He married his long-time girlfriend, educationist Sara Bharwana, in Lahore on 29 March 2013.[8]

Career[edit]

Even though Atif always admired Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen,[9] his first love was for cricket and he dreamed of representing his nation as a cricketer. He was a fast bowler and his passion for the sport saw him being selected for the national Under 19 cricket team trials. At one stage Atif was training to represent his country in the U-19 World Cup.

Spurred on by his friends he began to sing in public during his days in college and recorded his first single "Aadat" with his pocket money. Within a matter of weeks "Aadat" went viral online and soon he became a household name on the basis of that one song. On 17 July 2004 his first album titled Jal Pari.[10][11]

Several songs from his debut album such as "Bheegi Yaadein", "Ehsaas", "Mahi Ve", "Ankhon Sey" along with the title track "Jalpari" went on to become major hits and charted across countries in the subcontinent.

Following Jal Pari, he released two more successful solo albums, Doorie and Meri Kahani. Then, within a span of three years he recorded over two dozen chartbusters for top Bollywood films. Aslam's work on the movie Race, was nominated for the Filmfare Award. He continues to work on top productions and his growing popularity has seen filmmakers create special music videos to promote their films with his songs.

Following sold out concerts throughout his country the demand to watch Atif Aslam perform live grew across the world.

He began to tour internationally with performances in the US and Canada with RDB and Annie Khalid. Atif then made his solo debut concert in New Jersey in Summer Beats 2008 (that also featured Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma and Amanat Ali) at Sovereign Bank Arena.[12] After a sold out concert in New Jersey, Atif returned with his band and special guests to Queens Colden Center, New York to perform on 2 July 2010.[13] Taking over the production, Atif produced the event with special sound and light design to support his concert.

Atif performing in Lahore, Pakistan

Two years later Atif Aslam returned to the US. Collaborating with vocalist Shreya Ghoshal their March 2010 tour originally had 10 shows announced in US and Canada. However, the response inspired the organizers to put shows in six more cities.[14] The next month, Atif Aslam made his debut in South America with a performance at Anthony Nesty Sports Hall, Suriname.[15]

The world touring continued with Atif Aslam performing with Sunidhi Chauhan for the first time at Hershey Centre, Mississauga[16] followed by another show at Oracle Arena, San Francisco, Oakland[17] in July 2011 during their USA and Canada tour. In September 2011 he performed in New York.

Atif continued to tour the world with headline performances[18] at Royal Albert Hall in London (alongside Jay Sean). He followed that with dates across major concert venues in the UK in 2010.

On 22 April 2012 Atif Aslam became the first man from his country to perform in London's O2 Arena[19] a concert spectacular[20] to promote love, peace and unity among India and Pakistan. Atif performed for four hours. This was followed up by shows in Manchester[21] and Glasgow.[22]

In 2012 he was invited for three concerts at the World Trade Centre in Dubai. This was followed with his debut concert in Bangkok at the Centara Convention Centre on 6 October 2012.[23] Atif Aslam then returned to performing in 10 major cities of Pakistan during his Jazz Jazba Generation Tour[24] where backstage footage of Atif Aslam during the tour, his interactions with his fans, and intimate look at the man behind the star was filmed for the first time. On 2 November he performed his first public concert in Malaysia.

In December 2012, Atif was named among top performers of Dubai for 2012 alongside Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Il Divo, Gotye, Evanescence and Swedish House Mafia.[25] A few weeks earlier, Atif Aslam became the first man from Asia, and the second artist after Bryan Adams, to be permitted to perform inside the Dashrath Rangasla National Football Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal. With 25,000[26] in the crowd this concert was a great success.[27] Atif once again returned to Dubai for multiple concerts in 2013 at the world famous Atlantis resort. He also earlier shared stage with upcoming talent Shalmali Kholgade in Dubai.

In April 2013, Atif performed for the first time at the LG Arena in Birmingham[28] following which he became the first artist from Asia to perform twice at London's O2 Arena. Also in concert at the O2 were Bollywood stars Shaan, Malaika Arora Khan & Bipasha Basu. The show was produced by Naz Choudhury and Flex FX.[29] In November 2014 Aslam performed at the Leisure Valley grounds in Gurgaon alongside Arijit Singh in front of thousands. The Pakistani Atif, as popular here as the Indian Arijit, both Bollywood 'hit machines', showed that when it comes to music, art and people-to-people contact, there really are no boundaries.[30]

Hollywood[edit]

Atif has three songs featured in the American independent film, Man Push Cart which has won international awards and was praised by critics. He then sung two songs in Mira Nairs film The Reluctant Fundamentalist.[31] His two more songs 'Doorie' and 'Maula' from his second album Doorie have been picked up in 2010 for the soundtrack of the Hindi Version of a Mexican film La mujer de mi hermano directed by Ricardo de Montreuil.[32]

Acting career[edit]

Atif made his acting debut in the 2011 Pakistani movie Bol.[33] He has also made special appearances in film songs.

Television[edit]

Aslam with the Sufi Queen on Sur Kshetra sets.

Aslam appeared as a captain of Team Pakistan in a singing talent show called Sur Kshetra which was shot and broadcast from Dubai ,where Indian and Pakistani contestants competed each other. Atif's team won the show.[34]

Discography[edit]

Atif performing at O2 Arena London

Filmography[edit]

Actor

Year Film Role Language Note(s)
2006 Bas Ek Pal Himself Urdu Special appearance in song Tere Bin
2008 Race Himself Urdu Special appearance in song Pehli Nazar
2010 Prince Himself Urdu Special appearance in song Kaun Hoon Main & Aa Bhi Ja Sanam
2011 Bol Mustafa Urdu Film debut as an actor
2012 Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Himself Urdu Special appearance in song Piya O Re Piya
Himself Urdu Special appearance in song Tu Mohabbat Hai
2013 Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story Himself Urdu Special appearance in song Dil Na Jaane Kyun & Aa bhi ja mere mehermaan
Race 2 Himself Urdu Special appearance in song Be Intehaan
2015 Badlapur Himself Urdu Special appearance in song Jeena Jeena

Awards[edit]

Year Category Song/Nomination Result
Indus Music Awards
2005 Best Lyrics Aadat combined awards with Jal Won
Best Song Won
Best Composition Won
Sahara Sangeet Awards
2005 Best Playback Singer Won
Best Debut Singer Won
The Musik Awards
2006 Most Wanted Male Nominated
2008 Most Wanted Male Won
Lux Style Awards
2005 Best Album Jal Pari Won
2007 Best Album Doorie Won
2008 Most Well Dressed Celebrity Police Dress Won
Best Album Meri Kahani Nominated
2012 Song of the Year Hona Tha PyaarBol Nominated
Best Original Sound Track Hona Tha PyaarBol Won
2013 Music Icon of the year Won
MTV Brrr Music Awards
2009 Best Rock Song Hungami Halaat Nominated
Best Singer (Male) Nominated
Government of Pakistan
2008 Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) Won
Filmfare Awards
2006 Best Playback Singer (Male) Woh Lamhe – Zeher Nominated
2007 Best Playback Singer (Male) Tere Bin – Bas Ek Pal Nominated
2010 Best Playback Singer (Male) Tu Jaane Na – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Won
Lycra MTV Style Awards
2007 Most Stylish Person (Music) Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA)
2006 Best Playback Singer (Male) Woh Lamhe – Zeher Nominated
2009 Best Playback Singer (Male) Pehli Nazar Mein – Race Nominated
2010 Best Playback Singer (Male) Tu Jaane Na – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Nominated
Star Screen Awards
2009 Best Playback Singer (Male) Pehli Nazar Main – Race Nominated
Guild Awards
2014 Best Playback Singer (Male) Jeene Laga Hoon – Ramaiya Vastavaiya Nominated
Zee Cine Awards
2014 Best Playback Singer (Male) Jeene Laga Hoon – Ramaiya Vastavaiya Nominated
Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA)
2010 Best Playback Singer (Male) Tu Jaane Na – Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Nominated
Big Star Entertainment Awards
2013 Best Playback Singer (Male) Piya O Re Piya – Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Nominated
MTV IGGY
2011 Best New Band in the World Nominated
Pakistan Media Awards
2010 Best Singer (Male) Won
2011 Best Singer (Male) Nominated
2012 Best Film Actor Mustafa – Bol Nominated
Best Playback Singer Hona Tha PyaarBol Nominated
The BrandLaureate International Brand Personality Award
2013 Brand Personality Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  30. ^ Piyali Dasgupta (2 December 2014) Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam perform in Gurgaon. The Times of India
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