Atif Aslam

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Atif Aslam
Aslam in 2013
Background information
Born Wazirabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Genres Rock, Pop, Sufi
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Coke Studio

Atif Aslam (born Muhammad Atif Aslam) is a Pakistani singer and film actor. His movie debut was the 2010 social drama Bol, which was the one of the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time. 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. Atif is the youngest recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, a Pakistani civilian decoration.

Personal life[edit]

Atif was born into a Punjabi Muslim family in Wazirabad, Pakistan. He began his education in kindergarten at Kimberley Hall School, Lahore. 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.[3][4] He married his long-time girlfriend, educationist Sara Bharwana, in Lahore on 29 March 2013. Sara gave birth to their son in 2014.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Atif attended high School at PAF College, Lahore, where he played cricket and got interested in music.

He attended Punjab Institute of Computer Science (PICS) to do his Bachelors in Computer Science (BCs). It was at PICS, Lahore that he met guitarist and talented young composer, Goher Mumtaz. This led to performances at their college and at various restaurants eventually pushing the pair into finding a name for their subtly formed band, which they named "Jal" – an Urdu/Hindi word which means water.

Working together, the pair recorded the song Aadat (with the help of Salman Albert, amongst other established and accomplished Pakistani musicians). It became popular on a host of promotional Pakistani music websites. The music video for Aadat was shot one day in a warehouse in Karachi. On the basis of the popularity of this song, "Jal" began their tour of Pakistan. However, while on tour, personal problems between Atif and Goher led to a verbal bust-up resulting in an unannounced and indefinite hiatus, during which Atif launched his solo career. Goher continued under the band's name "Jal".

Atif Aslam, after leaving Jal, released a new solo album, Jal Pari (meaning "Mermaid") which was a big hit. The songs Woh Lamhey, Dil Haarey and few others were hits on both Pakistani radio stations and music channels. Since Jal's album, Aadat, and Atif's album, Jal Pari, shared certain tracks (such as "Aadat", "Bheegi Yaadein", "Ankhon se") an unofficial war over rights began which resulted in both sides claiming to possess hard proof to support their respective claims (that, they alone owned the concerned songs). The hype this feud gave to both Atif and the new Jal was extraordinary and split the musical nation with the fans of each side backing their respective favourite.

While the drama of lyrics & composition ownership continued in Pakistan, Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt called Atif Aslam to seek his consent to include "Woh Lamhey" in the soundtrack of his new motion picture, Zeher (2005). The song (especially the remix version) became a hit.


Even though Atif always admired Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen,[6] 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 the band Jal) 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.[7][8]

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. 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.[9] 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. The next month, Atif Aslam made his debut in South America with a performance at Anthony Nesty Sports Hall, Suriname.

The world touring continued with Atif Aslam performing with Sunidhi Chauhan for the first time at Hershey Centre, Mississauga followed by another show at Oracle Arena, San Francisco, Oakland[10] 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[11] 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[12] a concert spectacular to promote love, peace and unity among India and Pakistan. Atif performed for four hours. This was followed up by shows in Manchester[13] and Glasgow.[14]

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.[15] Atif Aslam then returned to performing in 10 major cities of Pakistan during his Jazz Jazba Generation Tour[16] 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. 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[17] in the crowd this concert was a great success.[18] 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[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

In August 2015, Atif performed at London's O2 Arena for the third time, in which his fans witnessed him perform Tajdar-e-Haram from Coke Studio (Pakistan) Season 8 for the first time ever.


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 sang two songs in Mira Nair's film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. His two other songs 'Doorie' and 'Maula' from his second album Doorie were picked up in 2010 for the soundtrack of the Hindi version of the Mexican film La mujer de mi hermano, directed by Ricardo de Montreuil.

Acting career[edit]

Atif made his acting debut in the 2011 Pakistani movie Bol.[22] He has also made special appearances in film songs.


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. At the end of the show, Nabeel Shaukat Ali from Atif's team won the show.

Public image and influences[edit]

Atif felt that his passion for singing is the biggest influence in the music career. Though Atif is being inspired by many artists,he named Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as his favourite singer. His favourite songs are "My Confession" by Richard Marx, "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay, "Where were you" by Pink Floyd and "Tere bin nahin lagda dil mera" by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Impact and recognition[edit]

Atif's work has received praise from several artists. Actor Suyyash Rai affirmed that he "developed an interest in singing" because of Atif Aslam. Mika Singh praised Atif's singing as well.[23] Ranbir Kapoor likes Atif Aslam.[24] Singer Alamgir thanked Atif for keeping pop music alive in Pakistan. He said "I'm thankful to Atif for keeping pop alive. It's because of them that I feel my music still has a place in today's music scene."[25] Actor Varun Dhawan is a big fan of Atif, and always wanted Atif to sing his tracks in a film. He said " I am a fan of Atif's voice and really wanted him to sing for me. I didn't know it will happen so soon!",[26] referring to the song "Jeena Jeena" sung by Atif for the film Badlapur. Mohit Chauhan is all praise for Atif."I love this guy and I love his songs," he said.[27] Bipasha Basu admitted of being A big Atif fan she said in an interview "I am his number one fan. Music is the best vehicle to promote understanding and our music brings people together." She also tweeted "Starting my day with Atif Aslam's best songs, playing loudly in my car on my way to location, wish he would sing all these songs just for me".[28]




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


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 Nominated
2016 Best Playback Singer (Male) Jeena Jeena - Badlapur Nominated
Lycra MTV Style Awards
2007 Most Stylish Person (Music) Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA)
2006 IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Woh Lamhe – Zeher Nominated
2009 IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Pehli Nazar Mein – Race Nominated
2010 IIFA Award for Best Male Playback 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
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
Big Apple Music Awards
2014 Best Male Artist of Pakistan Won
2015 Best Male Artist of Pakistan Won
Most Popular Male Artist (International) Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Music knows no boundaries: Atif Aslam". Hindustan Times. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "So you think you can act?". The Express Tribune. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Atif Aslam Great Pakistani Pop Singer". Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Atif Aslam Biography". 
  5. ^ "Pictures from Pakistani singer Atif Aslam's wedding and reception". Emirates 24/7. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Taha, Hani (30 March 2011). "One on one with Atif Aslam". The Express Tribune. 
  7. ^ "Atif's magic". 30 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Khan, Sher (2 June 2012). "Atif Aslam: Music for my ears". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "A Pakistani Heartthrob for All Ages". 3 July 2010. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Atif Aslam, Sunidhi Chauhan team up to rock!". Daily Times (Pakistan). 10 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Dhamaka Bollywood Concert". 
  12. ^ Baker, Steven (6 May 2012). "Atif Aslam Dhamaka London concert". Digital Spy. 
  13. ^ "Atif Aslam: Live in Manchester". 
  14. ^ "Looking ahead to 2012: Is the Atif Aslam year about to begin?". 3 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Atif Belts it out". The Nation. Thailand. 
  16. ^ "Jazz Jazba Generation Tour begins in Lahore". Daily Times (Pakistan). 29 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Atif Aslam Live in Nepal". The Himalayan Times. 28 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "Aslam charms the Valley". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  19. ^ Joshi, Priya (5 April 2013). "Bipasha Basu, Malaika Khan in London for Bollywood Showstoppers Tour". Digital Spy. 
  20. ^ Baker, Steven (23 December 2012). "Bipasha Basu, Atif Aslam, Malaika Arora Khan to perform UK gigs". Digital Spy. 
  21. ^ Piyali Dasgupta (2 December 2014) Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam perform in Gurgaon. The Times of India
  22. ^ "Atif Aslam debut in Bol". 22 October 2012. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. 
  23. ^ King Mika Singh on Twitter: "What a song sung by my bro @itsaadee #jeenajeena from the movie #badlapur. Atif is Atif . Proud of you bro.". (30 January 2015). Retrieved on 6 May 2015.
  24. ^ Mika Singh: Arijit Singh, Honey Singh and I are the 'Kapoors' of music industry! – Yahoo Movies India. (26 September 2014). Retrieved on 6 May 2015.
  25. ^ Alamgir: ‘I am thankful to Ali Zafar and Atif Aslam’ – The Express Tribune. Retrieved on 6 May 2015.
  26. ^ Always wanted Atif Aslam to croon a song for me, says Varun Dhawan. (20 January 2015). Retrieved on 6 May 2015.
  27. ^ Mohit Chauhan, Atif Aslam charm Gurgaon with duet performance. (23 February 2015). Retrieved on 6 May 2015.
  28. ^ Instep Magazine | Fashion | Beauty | Entertainment | The News on Sunday. (28 April 2013). Retrieved on 6 May 2015.

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