Atif Aslam has made a name for himself both in Pakistan and in India. His contribution to music in both countries is undeniable. Following the recent Pulwama Attack, T-Series came under pressure from Hindu extremist groups and deleted songs by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam from their YouTube channel. There was additional pressure on them to officially stop working with Pakistani talent for good.
Recently, news broke that the songs by the popular artists were back up on YouTube, proving the star power both singers hold in India, especially.
Since the degradation of relations between the two countries, we have not heard from Atif Aslam and his thoughts on the matter.
In a recent interview, he shared his thoughts. The singer had this to say on the matter; ‘It happens. I don’t know. I think I’m really loved over there (India) by fans. Border-ban has appeared often but I personally don’t know the reason for this – why I was taken off and was back on YouTube. The fan following in Pakistan and India is huge, which is perhaps gauged by the numbers. I feel it is the response of the fans.’
Atif Aslam songs have an ‘X Factor’ about them- there’s always a lot of hype around them and they instantly get millions of views. Bollywood has gained a lot from his talent, in return, Atif has gained a large, and loyal, fan base in India. At the end of the day, big movie production houses know that they can’t do without the ‘Atif Aslam’ brand.
Atif also talks about the rampant ‘trolling culture’ that rules the online space nowadays.
He says that trolling is not something new- he had to face it 15 years ago when he began his career. According to him, the only difference is that trolls have space to openly troll, and everyone can see it.
Atif Aslam is currently on tour and expresses that he’s very happy with his life. He can spend time with his children, take them to Disneyland and has the time to write and sing new songs.
It is good to hear from the singer, after quite a while! What do you think of his thoughts on the matter regarding T-Series.
(PS: This interview may or may not be 100% authentic. We have reached out to Atif Aslam and his team, and are awaiting confirmation on their behalf)
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