Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, popular for hits like Tera hone laga hoon, Tu jaane na, Pehli nazar mein and Bakhuda tum hi ho set the stage on fire in the capital last night. The Lahore lad mesmerized the audience with his soulful voice.
As Atif crooned his hit numbers Tere bin main yu kaise jiya, Pehli nazar mein, Tu jaane na, Ehsaas and Doorie at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, he had his fans singing along and screaming "Atif, we love you". The hunk also received roses and gifts from his female fans as he took to the stage with his guitar.
I caught up with Atif for an exclusive chat just before the concert.Here are excerpts from the interview.
You performed at the same venue in Delhi three years ago. How does it feel to be back?
In these three years, I have given many more hits, so I am expecting a better response this time. My performance is going to be different and even better. It's always been a great experience performing in India. I've always been appreciated by the Indian audience. I feel very blessed and honoured for all the love that I have received here. I am overwhelmed and excited to be back.
Do you think music will help you bridge the gap between India and Pakistan?
I think music knows no boundaries. My purpose of coming here is to spread my love for music and to spread the message of peace and harmony. It's not just about India or Pakistan but any part of the world. I am making good music and I want people to listen to it.
Any new album in the works?
I've sung three songs for the upcoming movie Prince. I am also acting in a Pakistani film, Bol, in which I play a middle class doctor who wants to be a musician. I'm also working on a new song in collaboration with Strings. We want to spread the message of love through our music.
Are you also considering any Bollywood offers?
Yeah. I have loads of offers from Bollywood but I have not signed any films yet. I want to concentrate on my singing career for now. I'm still awaiting a meaningful role. I'd like to be cast in a film which gives out a good message to the audience.
You have no formal training music. What do you think makes you so popular?
I think I've been able to connect with people and their emotions through my songs. I feel honoured that despite having so many talented singers around, my work is always appreciated. Talent should always be recognized - no one can keep it, no one owns it.
What makes your songs so soulful? What's on your mind when you are singing?
I usually think about my friends and my past.
You have a huge female fan following. Any crazy incidents?
(Laughs) Yeah! Loads of them.
Among all the songs that you've sung, which is your favourite track?
I haven't made it yet.
You once said in an interview that you are like the sea. What makes you think so?
Yes, I think I am like the sea. I appear calm on the surface but there's a lot going on within. Many a times, I may not react to certain things, but that doesn't mean that I don't care or I don't have emotions.
What should audience look forward to in tonight's performance?
Good and soulful music. I would love to share all my songs with Delhi, So, just get ready!
The concert was organised by popular entertainment portal buzzintown.com.