Imitation is known to be the best form of flattery, and Punjabi rapper and Bollywood singer Yo Yo Honey Singh seems to be receiving an ample dose of it from across the border. A Pakistani artist, who till recently went by the moniker of Yo Yo Ali Jaan, has been impersonating Honey Singh’s style of singing and his mannerisms in music ­videos. In fact, as he raps, dresses and dances like Honey Singh, Ali Jaan looks like a mirror image of the 31-year-old singer.
Interestingly, in the process of copying Honey Singh, Ali Jaan has also ­garnered much popularity. Jaan’s songs, Lal Paranda and Kyun Door Ho Gai, are doing well in Pakistan with several hits on his music videos that he has posted on YouTube. We tried to reach out to Ali Jaan, but got no response from him.
When we got in touch with Honey Singh’s team to ask if the singer is aware of this imitator in Pakistan, his manager said, “No, we are not aware that there is someone in Pakistan who is imitating Honey Singh, we haven’t heard this name (Yo Yo Ali Jaan) before.”
Interestingly, just two days after we got in touch with Honey’s team, Ali Jaan’s Facebook page, his Twitter handle and his YouTube channel were all taken off from the Internet.
Sources in the know point to the fact that Yo Yo Ali Jaan may have done the disappearing act in fear of a legal ‘copyright’ case against him by Yo Yo Honey Singh.
Yo Yo Ali Jaan has now changed his name to Poko Loko Ali Jaan and created a new Facebook page and YouTube channel with the same title.
With Inputs from Sahil Magoo