Qazi Touqeer

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Qazi Touqeer
Birth name Qazi Touqeer.
Born (1988-06-02) June 2, 1988 (age 26)
Origin Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Genres Pop, pop rock, electronic, dance
Occupations Singer Actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005-present
Labels Sony

Qazi (Kashmiri: क़ाज़ी तौक़ीर), born on 2nd June 1988 ,in Srinagar, won in most watched show of india Fame Gurukul - along with Rex D'Souza and Ruprekha Banerjee. He is a singer in the Kashmiri and Hindi languages. On 20 October 2005, he managed to grab the top prize along with Ruprekha Banerjee. He was voted by the Indian public to be the winner of "Fame Gurukul," India's version of "Fame Academy."[1] The president of India, in regards to Qazi Touqeer, declared him to be the hero of the Kashmir Valley.[2] As a result of Qazi's success, a plethora of Kashmiri youth auditioned in Indian Idol tryouts, which were held in Srinagar, a city in the Kashmir Valley.[3]

He released a new album out along with Ruprekha Banerjee at the end of 2005. Qazi had no formal training before Fame Gurukul.

He seriously injured himself while rehearsing for his acting debut film, Take Off. Qazi was rehearsing at Ganesh Acharya Studios when he fell down and injured his neck. - See more at: http://bollywood.nkut.com/fame-gurukul-winner-qazi-tauqeer-hospitalised/#sthash.58Kp6JvC.dpuf

Family[edit]

Qazi's father was a lawyer, who later became a Sufi saint. His mother is a teacher, and his uncle: Qazi Rafiq was a Kashmiri singer. He has studied in Minto Circle School in Raj Bagh. The young man grew up mimicking Indian film heroes in the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar, posting in front of a video camera held by his brother.[1] he was also guided by his Saint father who had a little bit knowledge about music.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Information Official Singles
Yeh Pal
(as Yeh Pal)
  • Released: January 1, 2006 (India)
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Peak India Billboard: 1
  • India sales: 2,354,353
  • RIAA certification: 2x platinum
  • 2005: "Yeh Pal"
  • 2005: "Karu Kya"
  • 2005: "Hero"
  • 2005: "Meri Mehbooba"
  • 2005: "Meri Chudian"
  • 2005: "Yeh Pal-Remix"
  • 2005: "Madham Si Chandani"
  • 2005: "Kehkashan"ha

TV appearance[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 Fame Gurukul Himself
2009 Sarkaar Ki Duniya Himself

He broke all the records for getting the highest votes in any of the then reality shows. His charming looks and sincerity got his first Fame on TV.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Take Off

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Territory of desire: representing the Valley of Kashmir. Retrieved 2010-12-02. "The unpredictable consequences of such contradictory embedding are exemplified in the runaway success of Qazi Touqeer, a teenager from Srinagar, within the inaugural run of Fame Gurukul (India's version of Fame Academy). Week after week from July to October 2005, millions of text messages from across India returned to the Gurukul the contestant of some dubious singing talent but unmistakable charisma. His cocky persona, "exotic" looks, and unconventional hairstyle evoked hysteria and adulation on a scale that boded well for his progression toward the real dream: to be a Bollywood star. Fame Gurukul brought this dream within reach. The young man grew up mimicking Indian film heroes in the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar, posting in front of a video camera held by his brother, was soon ensconced in Bombay, with agents, a flashy car, and a fat contract with Sony Television, marketed and adored as the small-town hero who conquered the deterritorialized India of cable TV...As Qazi declards in "Hero," "Arrey, public ne mujha chuna!" - "Hey, it's the public that's chosen me!" - we may rightly wonder: which "public"? "At last the Valley has its own hero," was the praise showered on to Qazi Touqeer by none other than the Indian president." 
  2. ^ Ananya Jahanara Kabir. Territory of desire: representing the Valley of Kashmir. University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved 2010-12-02. "The unpredictable consequences of such contradictory embedding are exemplified in the runaway success of Qazi Touqeer, a teenager from Srinagar, within the inaugural run of Fame Gurukul (India's version of Fame Academy). Week after week from July to October 2005, millions of text messages from across India returned to the Gurukul the contestant of some dubious singing talent but unmistakable charisma. His cocky persona, "exotic" looks, and unconventional hairstyle evoked hysteria and adulation on a scale that boded well for his progression toward the real dream: to be a Bollywood star. Fame Gurukul brought this dream within reach. The young man grew up mimicking Indian film heroes in the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar, posting in front of a video camera held by his brother, was soon ensconced in Bombay, with agents, a flashy car, and a fat contract with Sony Television, marketed and adored as the small-town hero who conquered the deterritorialized India of cable TV...As Qazi declards in "Hero," "Arrey, public ne mujha chuna!" - "Hey, it's the public that's chosen me!" - we may rightly wonder: which "public"? "At last the Valley has its own hero," was the praise showered on to Qazi Touqeer by none other than the Indian president." 
  3. ^ Altaf Hussain (2007-02-21). "Indian Idol creates Kashmir stir". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2010-12-02. "Many Kashmiris have been emboldened to join the singing contest after a young man from downtown Srinagar, Kazi Tauqeer, won a music contest on another show on Sony TV last year." 

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