The youtube video of his number Jugni may have more than a crore views, but the earthy singer has never been hooked to social networking. The people who reply to fan mails as Arif Lohar, are fake, says the singer. “To be very honest, I have never logged on Facebook. However, many fans pose as me and reply to others, they are all fake! As far as they are not anything wrong, I wish them all the luck,” says the 45 year old singer who shot to fame with Pakistan edition of Coke Studio.
Talking about his popularity in both the nations, Lohar, who prefers talking in Urdu, says, “People love me here as much as they do in India. Deewanagi yahan bhi bohot hai!”
Taking the legacy of his father forward, Lohar says that Jugni is his father’s original composition. “He had coined the word and it was my father’s first popular record,” he says.
A fan of Lata Maheshkar, Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lohar says he loves listening to classical and folk music. “I am not fond of today’s music,” he says. So, how about the remix version of his number in the film Cocktail? “The number has different versions. Jugni doesnot stand still. I am very happy to have entered Bollywood with the number. It fitted perfectly with the plot of the film,” says the singer who last performed in Delhi last year.
A big foodie at heart, Lohar enjoys chutneys and street food. “I love Punjabi style chutneys and papdi a lot. Would love to have them in this time.”
Talking about Delhi he says, “Lahore is khule dil ka malik and Dilli is dilwalon ki,” he says. “I sing in Punjabi and Urdu and will not edit the lyrics for my performance here. Audience loves me so much this way, that’s I don’t have to make any changes,” he adds.
Lohar, who has acted in many Punjabi movies, is open to the idea of acting in Bollywood. “If the role suits me as a singer, I would love to take it up. I have many offers to sing in Bollywood as singing is my first passion.”
He will be performing at Rhino Club in Gurgaon on September 21.