Atif Aslam

Atif Aslam (Urdu: عاطف اسلم‎; born Muhammad Atif Aslam) is a Pakistani pop singer 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, and is known for his vocal belting technique. Atif is the youngest recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one of Pakistani civilian decorations.

Content

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Debut
  • 3 Hollywood
  • 4 Acting career
  • 5 Television
  • 6 Discography
    • 6.1 Albums
    • 6.2 Promotional singles
    • 6.3 Hollywood songs
    • 6.4 Bollywood and Indian film songs
    • 6.5 Lollywood songs
    • 6.6 Collaborative songs
    • 6.7 Pakistani drama Soundtrack
    • 6.8 Coke Studio Pakistan
    • 7 Filmography
    • 8 Awards
    • 9 See Also
    • 10 References
    • 11 External links

Early life

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.

Debut

Even though Atif always admired Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen. 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 just that one song. On 17 July 2004 the first album titled Jal Pari. by Atif Aslam was released.

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 the success of Jal Pari, he released two more solo albums, “Doorie” & “Meri Kahani”. Both albums were massive successes. According to Tips music his solo albums have sold more than 9 million units globally.

Within a span of three years he recorded over two dozen chartbusters for top Bollywood films and for his 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 & Amanat Ali) at Sovereign Bank Arena. After a sold out concert in New Jersey, Atif returned with his band and special guests toQueens Colden Center, New York to perform on 2 July 2010. 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 female vocalist Shreya Ghoshal their March 2010 tour originally had 10 shows announced in US and Canada. However the response inspired the organizers to conduct 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 in South America.

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 in July 2011 during their USA & Canada tour. In September 2011 he performed in New York.

Atif continued to tour the world with headline performances 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 a concert spectacular  to promote love, peace & unity among India and Pakistan. Atif performed for four hours on The O2 Arena stage. This was then followed up by shows in Manchester  & Glasgow.

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.  Atif Aslam then returned to performing in 10 major cities of Pakistan during his Jazz Jazba Generation Tour  where backstage footage of Atif Aslam behind the scenes 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 & 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 crowd his concert in Nepal was also a great success. Atif once again returned to Dubai for multiple concerts in 2013 at the world famous Atlantis resort Dubai. 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 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.

Hollywood

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 Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. 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.

Acting career

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

Television

Atif 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 were competing against each other. Atif’s team wins in this competition.

Discography

Main article: Atif Aslam discography

Atif performing at O2 Arena London

Albums

Year

Title

2004 Jal Pari
2006 Doorie
2008 Meri Kahani

Promotional singles

Year

Song

2010 Jee Lay Zindagi
2012 Juro Gey to Jano Gey

Hollywood songs

Year

Song

Film

2005 Aadat Man Push Cart
Ehsaas
Yakeen
2013 Mori Araj Suno The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hain

Bollywood and Indian film songs

Year

Song

Film

Co-singer(s)

2005 Woh Lamhe Zeher
Aadat Kalyug
2006 Tere Bin Bas Ek Pal
2008 Pehli Nazar Mein Race
Bakhuda Tumhi Ho Kismat Konnection Alka Yagnik
2009 Tera Hone Laga Hoon Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Alisha Chinoy
Tu Jaane Naa
2010 O Mere Khuda Prince Garima Jhingoon
Tere Liye Shreya Ghoshal
Kaun Hoon Main
Aa Bhi Ja Sanam
Rona Chadta (Mahi Mahi) Mel Karade Rabba
2011 Le Ja Tu Mujhe F.A.L.T.U
2012 Piya O Re Piya Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya Shreya Ghoshal
Tu Mohabbat Hai Monali ThakurPriya Panchal
2013 Aa Bhi Ja Mere Mehermaan Jayanta Bhai Ki Luv Story
Hai Na Priya Panchal
Dil Najaane Kyun Anushka Manchanda
Be Intehaan Race 2 Sunidhi Chauhan
Allah Duhai Hai Vishal Dadlani & Anushka Manchanda
Jeene Laga Hoon Ramaiya Vastavaiya Shreya Ghoshal
Bairiyaa
Rang Jo Lagyo
Main Rang Sharbaton Ka Phata Poster Nikla Hero Chinmayi Sripada
Janam Janam
2014 Tera Naam Doon It’s Entertainment Shalmali Kholgade

Lollywood songs

Year

Song

Film

Co-singer(s)

2011 Hona Tha Pyaar Bol Hadiqa Kiani
Kaho (Aaj Bol Do) Hadiqa Kiani

Collaborative songs

Year

Song

Co-singer(s)

2009 Lumbi Judaai Reshma
2010 Ab Khud Kuch Karna Paray Ga Strings
2011 Wish You Were Here Slash
We Will Rise Again Lanny Cordola
2013 Zameen Jaagti Hai Shiraz Uppal
2013 ‘Tu khas hai

Pakistani drama Soundtrack

Year

Song

Serial

Co-singer

2008 “Aas Paas” Mere Paas Paas Hadiqa Kiani

Coke Studio Pakistan

Year

Song

Co-singer

2009 Jal Pari (Reprise)
Wasta E Pyar Da
Mai Ni (Reprise)
Kinara (Reprise) Ustad Riaz Ali Khan
Humain Kya Hua
2012 Charkha Nolakha Qayaas
Rabba Sacheya (Reprise)
Dholna
2013 Channa

Filmography

Actor

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
2010 Prince Himself Hindi 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 Hindi Special appearance in song Piya O Re Piya
Himself Hindi Special appearance in song Tu Mohabbat Hai
2013 Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story Himself Hindi Special appearance in song Dil Na Jaane Kyun & Aa bhi ja mere mehermaan
Race 2 Himself Hindi Special appearance in song Be Intehaan

Awards

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 Pyaar – Bol

Nominated

Best Original Sound Track Hona Tha Pyaar – Bol

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

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 Pyaar – Bol

Nominated

The BrandLaureate International Brand Personality Award

2013 Brand Personality

Won

See Also

  • Jal (band)
  • Goher Mumtaz
  • Music of Pakistan
  • List of Pakistani pop singers