Ali Zafar is, quite possibly the biggest Pakistani singing superstar, right now. However, did you know that he hasn’t been on Coke Studio since his last appearance in 2009? While we are glad he made it to Bollywood and is doing quite well for himself, his fans in Pakistan have been waiting for him to mesmerize us all with his vocal skills.
Brace yourself folks for the man is all set to return this season, on August 23, with some amazing performances which we’re sure will only set the bar much higher for all other artists on the platform, that follow.
Here’s a look at how Zafar keeps on top of things while juggling his numerous projects in Pakistan and abroad.
“You have to start from somewhere to begin with the belief and faith in pursuit of your dreams.”
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It was a time when, seeing much of the traditional pop music scene in Pakistan diminishing, Ali Zafar, as perceptive as he is, decided to overhaul his image by shedding the boy-next-door garb and taking over riskier song choices. He collaborated with Tufail Ahmad and performed a duet for the soulful “Allah Hoo” on Coke Studio and that was a start of the new-age Ali Zafar, the singer. We got to hear songs like “Yaar Dhaadi” and the soulful”Daastan e Ishq” in his Coke Studio appearances in subsequent years. The daastan song, according to some, was written by him just a day before the actual recording of the song.
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“KOI BHI CHEEZ MUSHKIL NAI HAI KARNE KO. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. “
In the interim years between his Coke Studio appearance Zafar has been busy but very much in the public eye. He has journeyed to territories far and wide in Bollywood working with some of the biggest names and production companies in India, and amassing some of the biggest awards and accolades, not to mention public adoration on all sides of the subcontinent.
After his debut with the controversial, but successful, “Tere Bin Laden” (which got banned in Pakistan) fared rather well, Ali raked in the likes of the prestigious Filmfare Awards nomination, the “Superstar of Tomorrow” at the Stardust Awards and the Best New Talent at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards,, among others. He then went on to star in hits like “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan“, “London, Paris, New York” and the recent “Kill/Dil”.
Source: Ali Zafar Facebook Page
More recently, he started his own production in Pakistan, named Deosai. It will also be Ali’s debut as a producer in Pakistani Cinema. He is also involved with script writing for the project. Can’t wait to see how that turns out!
“WE NEED TO RISE UP AND SPEAK FOR THE KIND OF PAKISTAN WE WANT TO SEE. A PAKISTAN WITH PEACE. A PAKISTAN WHERE PEOPLE LIVE IN HARMONY.”
While juggling so many varied projects of his own, he also stepped in to give back to the people of Pakistan in their time of need. He launched an inspirational music video as a tribute to the Peshawar Army Public School massacre. And has also been involved with various other humanitarian initiatives like sponsoring squash player Noorena Shams and paying for all of her expenses to play in the Asian Squash Tournament.
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“JUST DO NOT THINK WHO’S DOING WHAT. JUST SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. OUR AIM AND WORK IS TO TRY AND TRY HARDER.”
With all the fame he has gotten, Zafar hasn’t forgotten that it is his hard work, dedication and unfazed struggle that has led him to where he is. And this is how he wishes all his young fans to keep on in their struggle for whatever path in life they choose.
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“EVERY ARTIST HAS HIS OWN JOURNEY. I WANTED TO EXPLORE MYSELF TO FIND THE FORUM FOR EXPRESSING MYSELF FREE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES.”
On 23rd August 2015, Zafar is all set to make his appearance on Coke Studio once again. And we are sure of one thing. He is going to be damn entertaining!
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Ali Zafar has the ability to reinvent himself and stay current and it’s not only a personal achievement for the star but a symbol of resilience for Pakistan as a whole, and we are all proud of this man for being a great role model.
Who else is excited for this Saturday’s episode of Coke Studio featuring our singing superstar?