Music speaks a universal language. May be the reason why the music fraternity believes in staying local, but going global. The trend is particularly true for Pakistani singers.
After Strings crooned their way to glory with their Spiderman soundtrack, now Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan plans to follow in their footsteps — he has a handful of good offers including an untitled project with Santana.
Shafqat, who was accompanied by another singing sensation Shehzad Roy, for a concert in the Capital recently, gave a sneak peek into their tryst with music that knows no boundaries.
While Shafqat, who is basking in the glory of his latest Bollywood hit Mitwa from Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, says, “While working with Fuzon, I realised that I was becoming monotonous, but Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy gave me the quintessential variety that I wanted in my work.”
Refusing to divulge the details on the venture with Santana, Shafqat says, “I hope all works out well.” But unlike Shafqat, who is quite hopeful of his prospects, Shehzad, is yet to establish a foothold in Bollywood. To make things work, he will soon go to Mumbai to meet ‘a couple of music directors’. Great going, indeed!
Rivalry or revelry?
But is the stage set for Indian musicians and singers to perform across the border? Shafqat agrees, “I have seen Jagjit Singh perform umpteen number of times in Pakistan. In my view, the notion that Indian artistes do not get an easy entry in Pakistan is false notion.” Shehzad adds, “I have had good collaborations with Indian singers such as Sukhbir and I see no reason why Indian artistes cannot perform in Pakistan.” Amen!