HT Image
HT Image

Government has taken right steps: Ali Zafar

Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar happy that his tweets have lead to ailing singer Mehdi Hasan’s medical expenses being paid for. Read on.
By Roshmila Bhattacharya | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2012 05:26 PM IST

Eighty-five year-old Mehdi Hassan was admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi on January 11. He was put on a ventilator following respiratory trouble.

In less than a week, Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar, who admits the ghazal maestro’s divine music is his biggest inspiration, dedicated a song to him in his latest album Jhoom, Jaane man…. This, along with his tweets wishing Hasan, a swift recovery, has turned the spotlight on the ailing singer.

The Information Minister of Sindh, Shazia Marri, visited him in hospital and in view of the fact that he had served the music industry for 50 years and promoted Pakistan internationally, offered to bear the expenses of his treatment.

She added that a medical board would be constituted under the supervision of senior doctors, and if need be Hasan would be sent abroad.

Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, also offered Hasan, who was born in the state, financial help. The Indian High Commission in Pakistan is in touch with Hassan’s family.

“The government has taken the right steps. I’m happy to hear they’ve taken charge of his medical facilitations. I’ll pray for his health.

He is a great asset to music. There is no singer like him, never was and never can be,” says a relieved Ali, who unveiled his first Bollywood score for London Paris New York yesterday.

The singer-actor performed live, crooning two tracks, O dekhney mein… and Tere si sehmi si… with co-star Aaditi Rao, strumming the guitar. Ali has composed the music for his own albums earlier but admits it’s different when you’re doing a movie.

“When it’s your album you can go with a song anywhere but in this case, the song is for someone else. You’re bound by a script and screenplay. Fortunately, I was part of LPNY from day one and in sync with the thought process. Everyone claims to be different. I have tried to come up with tracks that have never been heard before. Now it’s for the public to judge,” says Ali who has sung all the male vocals.

Unlike fellow Pakistani actor-sing Atif Aslam, Ali doesn’t think he can judge a talent hunt contest even though he’s been offered several on both sides of the border “Some of the contestants are far better than me. So, I’d like to concentrate on films and acting.”

Next he’s singing three songs in David Dhawan’s Chashme Buddoor remake.

“We’ve already picturised them, now I’m waiting to dub my part,” he says. “But I haven’t composed this score. Slow and steady is my motto.”

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Sushant Divgikar identifies himself as gender fluid.
Sushant Divgikar identifies himself as gender fluid.

Sushant Divgikar: There’s deep rooted homophobia in many institutions in India

By Sugandha Rawal
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 03:33 PM IST
Former Mr. Gay India and LGBTQI activist, Sushant Divgikar reacts to Centre’s response to Delhi High Court on same-sex marriage, and says it marginalises a community which is already marginalised.
Close
Harshdeep Kaur and husband Mankeet Singh have welcomed a baby boy.
Harshdeep Kaur and husband Mankeet Singh have welcomed a baby boy.

Harshdeep Kaur welcomes baby boy, says 'our Junior Singh has arrived'

UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 03:46 PM IST
  • Singer Harshdeep Kaur and husband Mankeet Singh have welcomed a son. They had earlier shared several posts trying to guess the baby's gender, wondering if the child would be a 'Singh' or a 'Kaur'.
Close
Armaan Malik is known to be quite vocal on social media about the issues pertaining to the music industry.
Armaan Malik is known to be quite vocal on social media about the issues pertaining to the music industry.

Armaan Malik: I do not believe in talking about religion or politics on social media

By Sugandha Rawal
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 08:21 PM IST
Singer Armaan Malik says he has his own beliefs and way of thinking, but he doesn’t feel the need to voice that, because someone or the other will take offence to it.
Close
BTS singer V and his friend Peakboy worked on Snow Flower, which released in December 2020.
BTS singer V and his friend Peakboy worked on Snow Flower, which released in December 2020.

BTS's V drops vlog featuring his workout session, his friend Peakboy and more

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:01 PM IST
  • BTS singer V released his vlog on YouTube, which featured a few behind-the-scenes glimpses at his song Snow Flower with Peakboy, his workout session, and more.
Close
BLACKPINK singer Rose in her solo debut poster.
BLACKPINK singer Rose in her solo debut poster.

BLACKPINK's Rosé solo debut release date out, see teaser poster

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 06:27 PM IST
  • BLACKPINK member Rosé shared posters to confirm that she will make her solo debut on March 12. Her fellow BLACKPINK members Jisoo, Lisa and Jennie extend their support.
Close
Tulsi Kumar is currently doing season 2 of the show Indie Hai Hum.
Tulsi Kumar is currently doing season 2 of the show Indie Hai Hum.

I have a renewed zeal in 2021: Tulsi Kumar

By Nikita Deb
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:58 PM IST
With four singles releasing in 2020 alone, singer Tulsi Kumar says that she had quite a constructive year, being fully aware of the extreme hardships the rest of the world went through
Close
 BTS singer Jungkook talks about his mixtape.
BTS singer Jungkook talks about his mixtape.

BTS: Jungkook drops JJK1 mixtape spoilers, breaks a VLive record

PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:58 PM IST
  • BTS singer Jungkook was the talk of the town with his surprise VLive followed by his statements on his upcoming mixtape, dubbed JJK1, on Saturday.
Close
Harshdeep Kaur with Neeti Mohan at her baby shower.
Harshdeep Kaur with Neeti Mohan at her baby shower.

Harshdeep Kaur's baby shower was made perfect by Neeti Mohan. See pics

PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:41 PM IST
Singer Harshdeep Kaur is all set to become a mother for the first time and her friend, singer Neeti Mohan threw her the sweetest baby shower.
Close
Shaan has responded to a troll on Twitter.
Shaan has responded to a troll on Twitter.

Shaan hits back at troll who says he has lost his ability to sing

UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:13 PM IST
Shaan was targeted by a troll on Twitter for sharing his opinion on the rising fuel prices in the country. The singer, however, decided to reply to their mean comment.
Close
Singer Jonita Gandhi has lend her voice to songs such as Chennai Express title track, Sau Tarah Ke, Lagdi Hai Thaai and Main Tumhara.
Singer Jonita Gandhi has lend her voice to songs such as Chennai Express title track, Sau Tarah Ke, Lagdi Hai Thaai and Main Tumhara.

Jonita Gandhi: Music industry is still male dominant and there’s a certain stereotyping that’s happening with women

By Sugandha Rawal
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:59 AM IST
Jonita Gandhi feels the music industry is still not an equal place, with a lot of inequality and stereotyping that continues to plague it.
Close
Taylor Swift took to Instagram stories to make the announcement.
Taylor Swift took to Instagram stories to make the announcement.

Taylor Swift cancels Lover Fest concerts amid ‘unprecedented pandemic’

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 09:28 PM IST
Taylor Swift announced that her Lover Fest tour, which was postponed to this year from the summer of 2020, has now been cancelled, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Close
Lady Gaga with her doggies.
Lady Gaga with her doggies.

Lady Gaga's dogs recovered safely, woman brings pups Gustav and Koji to police

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:01 PM IST
Lady Gaga's two dogs, who were stolen from her dog walker at gunpoint, have been recovered. They were brought to the police by a woman.
Close
Sajid Khan and late Wajid Khan with Salman Khan in olden times.
Sajid Khan and late Wajid Khan with Salman Khan in olden times.

Sajid composes for Radhe without Wajid, calls Salman 'our pillar of strength'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:57 AM IST
  • Sajid Khan of the Sajid-Wajid fame has said in a recent interview how Salman Khan has been supporting him after his brother Wajid's death last year.
Close
Singer Shilpa Rao has sung for films such as Lootera and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Singer Shilpa Rao has sung for films such as Lootera and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Shilpa Rao: Music is music, I don’t look at it as whether it’s for films or independent

By Rishabh Suri
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:34 AM IST
Singer Shilpa Rao says that the motive and entire effort behind creating a song is to always make it your own, relatable for anyone who listens to it.
Close
BTS singer Jimin revealed he has watched 3 Idiots.
BTS singer Jimin revealed he has watched 3 Idiots.

When Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor had BTS singer Jimin's attention

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 05:17 PM IST
  • Last year, BTS singer Jimin caused a frenzy among Indian BTS fans when he said he watched 3 Idiots.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP