Farhan Saeed

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Farhan Saeed
Farhan Saeed.jpeg
Saeed at IPPA 2017 in London
Native name
فرحان سعید‬ بٹ
Born
Farhan Saeed Butt[1]

(1984-09-14) September 14, 1984 (age 34)
ResidenceModel Town, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
NationalityPakistani
EducationCrescent Model Higher Secondary School
Alma materNational University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
Known forJal (band)
Notable work
Suno Chanda
Spouse(s)Urwa Hocane m. 2016
AwardsLux Style Award for Song of the Year
Musical career
OriginLahore, Pakistan
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2003 – present
Associated acts

Farhan Saeed (born 14 September 1984) is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, actor, director, and entrepreneur. Farhan was the former lead vocalist of the Pakistani band Jal and is the owner of the restaurant Cafe Rock in Lahore. He has sung in Urdu as well as in Punjabi. Since 2014 he also turned towards acting, and gained recognition for his role in Hum TV's serial Udaari (2016) and for his leading role in Hum TV's another serial Suno Chanda (2018).

Personal life[edit]

Farhan Saeed was born on September 14, 1984 into a Kashmiri family. Both his parents are practising doctors. Music fan from the very start, he used to listen to Vital Signs and Junoon and centred his music around pop, and at times folk. In his teens, he took A-Level from Crescent Model Secondary High School and then enrolled for Computer Sciences to National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, after which he discovered his future band members in Atif and Gohar. The band took off and got famous across entire Asia for their brilliant brand of music. In 2011, reports broke out that he had parted his ways from Jal, which left his fans stunned. He pursued a solo career and became regular to feature in Bollywood. Saeed opened Cafe Rock restaurant at Hussain Chowk, situated off the M. M. Alam Road, Gulberg, Lahore. The restaurant follows the theme/trend of Hard Rock Cafes, providing underground bands and young aspiring artists with a platform to project themselves and perform in front of an audience. He married Urwa Hocane on 16th December 2016.[2]

Career[edit]

Jal the band[edit]

Farhan Saeed joined the Lahore-based pop rock band Jal in 2003, replacing their vocalist Atif Aslam, who quit because of "musical differences" with the band's founding member, Goher Mumtaz.[3] He is also great friend of Gerry Gogna, author of Children's Book's living in Canada. [4]

Solo music career[edit]

In September 2011, in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, Farhan shocked the fans claiming that he has left Jal to pursue a solo career despite Goher Mumtaz offering him to continue his solo career while being a part of Jal.[5] On 8 September 2011, Farhan's departure was confirmed by Jal's guitarist Goher Mumtaz who wished him luck for his solo career.[6]

He made his Bollywood-singing breakthrough in 2014, by contributing a song to Vikram Bhatt's Creature 3D. The song, Naam-e-Wafa, is a romantic-duet with Indian vocalist Tulsi Kumar as the co-singer and Mithoon as the composer.[7]

Acting career[edit]

Farhan started his acting career by debuting in a leading role in the 2014 Hum TV drama serial De Ijazat Jo Tu alongside Sohai Ali Abro, Saba Hameed and Javaid Sheikh. He then played the lead role as Mohid Shuja in ARY Digital's Mere Ajnabi alongside Urwa Hocane who was the female lead.[8] He has also played a lead role of Arsh in the drama Udaari as a lawyer along with female lead Urwa. Apart from acting in the drama, Farhan has also collaborated with Hadiqa Kiani for the OST that has topped music charts all over Pakistan.[9]

Always in 2016, he also played the lead role again in ARY Digital's Teri Chah Mein, alongside Maria Wasti and Saboor Ali, and Hum TV's Sila alongside Ainy Jaffri.

In 2018 he grabbed the leading role of Arsal Jamshed Ali (Arsal) in Hum TV's hit drama serial Suno Chanda, with Iqra Aziz as the leading female role, and due to the critical success of the show, a season 2 was immediately announced by the producers.[10]

He had the leading role in Karachi Se Lahore 3 with Kubra Khan as co-star, the third installment of Wajahat Rauf's successful series including the box-office hits Karachi Se Lahore and Lahore Se Aagey, and which would have been his feature film debut, but he had to quit the project because of music tours and concerts he was already committed to.[11]

In early 2019 it was announced that he'll get his first lead role in a movie in Tich Button, a rom-com co-produced by his wife Urwa Hocane under their joint new production company Shooting Star Studio.[12]

As a director[edit]

He turned to direction with the 2018 music video of O Jaana from the singer-songwriter Hamza Malik, starring actress Iqra Aziz and featuring musicians Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sahir Ali Bagga.[13][14]

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Title Note
2004 Aadat as member of Jal
2007 Boondh

Songs[edit]

Year Song Film/Serial Notes
"Kyun Gayi" Dil Tenu Karda Ae Pyar Hindi song
2011 "Khuwahishon" Single
2012 "Pi Jaon" co-singer Momina Mustehsan ; Nominated – Lux Style Awards for Best Song of the Year
"Meethi Yaadein" Qasam Se Qasam Se Hindi song
2013 "Halka Halka Suroor"
2014 "Naam-e-Wafa" Creature 3D Hindi song
"Bhool Na Jaana" Main Aur Mr. Riight Hindi song
"Roiyaan" Lux Style Awards for Best Song of the Year,

Hum Awards for Best Music Single

2015 "Sajna" Single
Mere Ajnabi Mere Ajnabi Single
2016 "Saathiya" Single
"Ji Jaun" Single
"Sajna Ve Sajna" Udaari co-singer Hadiqa Kiani
"Jab Se Miley Tum" co-singer Maryam Fatima
"Bol Ke Lab" co-singer Hadiqa Kiani
"Teri Chah Mein" Teri Chah Mein
2017 "Rab Rakha" Punjab Nahi Jaungi
"Dekh Tera Kya/Latthay Di Chaadar" Coke Studio 10 co-singer Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch[15]
"Thodi Der" Half Girlfriend co-singer Shreya Ghoshal
2018 "Dil Hua Panchi" Single
"Suno Chanda" Suno Chanda
"Maula" collaboration with Rishi Rich
"Musafir" Parwaaz Hai Junoon
"Haari Haari" Aangan Co-singer Naveed Nashad[16]
2019 "Suno Chanda Suno Chanda 2 co-singer Damia Farooq

As director[edit]

Year Song Singers Company
2018 "O Jaana" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Hamza Mallik

Zee Music[17]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Refs
2014 De Ijazat Jo Tu Sarmad [18]
2015 Mere Ajnabi Mohid Shuja [19]
2016 Udaari Arsh Nominated – Hum Award for Best Supporting Actor

Won – Hum Award for Best Onscreen Couple along with Urwa Hocane[20]

[21]
2016-2017 Sila Taimoor [22]
2016-2017 Teri Chah Mein Faisal Khan [23]
2017 Pyar Ki Love Story Haadi Telefilm
2018 Suno Chanda Arsalan Jamshed Ali (Arsal) Playback singer for title song,

Nominated-Hum Awards for Best Actor

[24]
2018 Iss Dil Ki Essi Ki Tessi Azhar Telefilm [25]
2019 Suno Chanda 2 Arsalan Jamshed Ali (Arsal) Also playback singer for title song [26]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Additional notes Refs
2017 Punjab Nahi Jaungi Special appearance Cameo [27]
2019 Tich Button TBA Filming [28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Refs
2013 12th Lux Style Awards Best Song of the Year – "Pi Jaun" Nominated [29]
2014 2nd Hum Awards Best Solo Artist – "Kyun Gae" Nominated
2015 14th Lux Style Awards Best Song of the Year – "Roiyaan" Won [30]
2015 3rd Hum Awards Best Music Single – "Roiyaan" Won [31]
2017 5th Hum Awards Best Supporting ActorUdaari Nominated [32]
2017 5th Hum Awards Best Music Single – "Koi Ruke Mujhay" Nominated [32]
2017 5th Hum Awards Best Onscreen CoupleUdaari (with Urwa Hocane) Won [33]
2018 Zee Cine Awards Best Music Director – Half Girlfriend Nominated [34]
2019 18th Lux Style Awards Best Original Sound Track – Aangan Nominated [35]
2019 7th Hum Awards Best Actor – Suno Chanda Pending [36]
2019 7th Hum Awards Best on-screen couple along-with Iqra AzizSuno chanda Pending

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