A famous singer and film actor, Muhammad Atif Aslam was born on 12 March 1983 in Wazirabad. He received his early education in kindergarten at Kimberley Hall School, Lahore and then in 1991, he moved to Rawalpindi
Muhammad Atif Aslam
A famous singer and film actor, Muhammad Atif Aslam was born on 12 March 1983 in Wazirabad. He received his early education in kindergarten at Kimberley Hall School, Lahore and then in 1991, he moved to Rawalpindi where he continued his studies in St. Paul's Cambridge School, Satellite Town. In 1995, Atif Aslam returned to Lahore where he continued his studies in Divisional Public School and then attended Punjab Institute of Computer Science (PICS) to do his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (BCs).
Atif Aslam played cricket and got interested in music. Even though he always admired Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen, his first love was for cricket and he dreamed of representing his nation as a cricketer. He was a fast bowler and his passion for the sport saw him being selected for the national Under 19 cricket team trials and at one stage he was training to represent his country in the U-19 World Cup.
Encouraged by his friends, Atif began to sing in public during his days at PICS, where he met guitarist and talented young composer, Goher Mumtaz. After performing at their college and at various restaurants, they eventually formed a band named 'Jal' means 'water'. Working together, the pair recorded the song "Aadat", amongst other established and accomplished Pakistani musicians, and the music video for "Aadat" was shot in a warehouse in Karachi.
Within a matter of weeks, "Aadat" became popular on a host of promotional Pakistani music websites and went viral online, making Atif Aslam a household name. On the basis of the popularity of this song, Jal began their tour of Pakistan. However, while on tour, personal problems between Atif Aslam and Mumtaz led to an unannounced and indefinite break, during which Atif launched his solo career, while Mumtaz continued using the band name 'Jal'.
On 17 July 2004, Atif Aslam released his first album titled Jal Pari (meaning 'Mermaid') which was an instant hit. Several songs from his debut album, such as: "Bheegi Yaadein", "Ehsaas", "Mahi Ve", "Ankhon Sey" and the title track "Jal Pari" went on to become major hits and charted across countries in the subcontinent.
He got his first breakthrough in Bollywood when director Mahesh Bhatt called Atif Aslam to seek his consent to include "Woh Lamhey" in the soundtrack of his new motion picture, Zeher (2005). The song (especially the remix version) became a hit.
Following Jal Pari, Atif Aslam released two more successful solo albums, Doorie and Meri Kahani. He also recorded over two dozen songs for Bollywood films, receiving critical acclaim in the process. His work on the movie Race was nominated for the Film fare Award.
Atif Aslam then made his solo debut concert in New Jersey in Summer Beats 2008 at Sovereign Bank Arena, which also featured Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma and Amanat Ali. After a sold out concert in New Jersey, he returned with his band and special guests to Queens Colden Center, New York to perform on 2 July 2010.
Two years later, Atif Aslam returned to the US. Collaborating with vocalist Shreya Ghoshal, their March 2010 tour originally had 10 shows announced in US and Canada. However, the response inspired the organizers to put shows in six more cities. The following month, he made his debut in South America with a performance at Anthony Nesty Sports Hall, Suriname.
Atif Aslam continued to tour the world with headline performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London, alongside Jay Sean. He followed that with dates, across major concert venues in the UK in 2010. He performed with Sunidhi Chauhan for the first time at Hershey Centre, Mississauga, followed by another show at Oracle Arena, San Francisco, Oakland, in July 2011, during their USA and Canada tour. In September 2011, Atif Aslam performed at New York.
On 22 April 2012, Atif Aslam became the first Pakistani to perform in London's O2 Arena a concert spectacular to promote love, peace and unity among India and Pakistan. He performed for four hours. This was followed up by shows in Manchester and Glasgow. The same year he was invited for three concerts at the World Trade Centre in Dubai. This was followed by his debut concert in Bangkok at the Centara Convention Centre on 6 October 2012. Atif Aslam then returned to perform in ten major Pakistani cities during his Jazz Jazba Generation Tour. On 2 November, he performed his first public concert in Malaysia.
In December 2012, Atif Aslam was named among top performers of Dubai for 2012 alongside Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Il Divo, Gotye, Evanescence and Swedish House Mafia. He is also the first man from Asia, and the second artist after Bryan Adams, to be permitted to perform inside the Dashrath Rangasla National Football Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal. Atif Aslam once again returned to Dubai for multiple concerts in 2013 at the world-famous Atlantis resort.
In April 2013, Atif Aslam performed for the first time at the LG Arena in Birmingham following which he became the first artist from Asia to perform twice at London's O2 Arena. Also in concert at the O2 were Bollywood stars Shaan, Malaika Arora Khan & Bipasha Basu. In November 2014, he performed at the Leisure Valley grounds in Gurgaon alongside Arijit Singh in front of thousands. In August 2015, Atif Aslam performed at London's O2 Arena for the third time.
Four songs from Atif Aslam's second album Doorie were featured in two films. Two of them; Yakeen and Ehsaas, and a single Aadat from his first album Jal Pari, featured in the 2005 film Man Push Cart which has won international awards and was praised by the critics. Two other songs, "Doorie" and "Maula", were selected in 2010 for the soundtrack of the Spanish Beauty, the Hindi version of the 2005 Mexican film La mujer de mi hermano directed by Ricardo de Montreuil. He then sang two songs; "Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hain" and "Mori Araj Suno", in Mira Nair's 2012 film The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Atif Aslam made his acting debut in the 2011 Pakistani movie Bol. He has also made special appearances in many film songs. He appeared as a captain of Team Pakistan in a singing talent show called Sur Kshetra which was shot and broadcast from Dubai, where Indian and Pakistani contestants competed against each other. At the end of the show, Nabeel Shaukat Ali from Atif Aslam's team won the contest.
Atif Aslam married to educationist Sara Bharwana, in Lahore on 29 March 2013. She gave birth to their son in 2014.