Bollywood singer Abhijit may have started a controversy by commenting on the entry of Sarhad-Par singers crooning in the industry and making fast bucks, but for Pak singer Ahmad Jahanzeb, who won accolades for Khuda Ke Liye, the growing Indian entertainment market provides from across the border enough opportunity to show their talent.
"India is a bigger market with huge resources and developed film and music industry. In our country it is still in developing phase, so the opportunities presented are few," says the singer.
"There is not much scope in Pakistan. India is the ultimate destination for us. Once you are accepted by the people here there will be no turning back and your career can reach new heights in no time and this is what prompted me to make an entry here," he adds.
Abhijit in a singing reality show on a leading channel had commented that there are so many good singers in our country who do not get enough opportunities but singers from Pakistan are being recieved with open arms.
Ahmed was just nine when he launched his debut album "wonder boy". On the launch of his new album, he says, "I'm elated to launch my album here. It's not difficult to get acceptance among people here as we share common culture and language and it's an easy transition for us to come to India. India is like a second home to me and the response of people here boosts us to achieve higher goals."
The singer who sang soul stirring songs like Duniya Ho, Tilak Kamod and Hamaray Hain in Khuda Ke Liye, says, Classical music is the basic to all form of music and if you know the basics, you can use the knowledge to add more class to your music."
For Jahanzeb, Khuda Ke Liye is more than just a successful film. "It was a path-breaking film which raised critical questions on terrorism and Islam, and how the world looks at us. It brought forward the reality of our country. It's huge success has inspired talented filmmakers in Pakistan to take risks and produce world class films on controversial issues as well," he says.
Jahanzeb is an avid fan of Bollywood and keeps tab on its music through television and other sources. "I'm a die hard fan of A R Rehman. He has revolutionised Bollywood music industry and I love the way he plays music. Some other musicians like Shankar-Ehshan-Loy, Salim-Suleman and Ismail Darbar are also playing great music ," he says.
So, is he also looking for a break in playback singing in Bollywood movies? "Right now, I'm concentrating on the promotion of my album... If I receive a substantial offer from bollywood, I'll think about it," says Jahanzeb, who has also performed around 1500 shows world over.