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    The singer who gave us Tere Bin talks about his favourite track, fan clubs and collaborations

    ATIF Aslam had once said that he wanted to be a cricketer. Can you imagine the Pakistani pop singer weilding a cricket bat? We would rather have him wooing the audience with melodies like Aadat, Tere Bin and Main Rang Sharbaton Ka. In the city for the first time as part of a Roundtable 30 charity event organised by R V Steels and Powers, and ARN Entertainment, he says, “I am looking forward to being with a fun crowd. They should expect the best of me.”

    Having recently had three songs featured in the American independent film, Man Push Cart, and two songs in Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the singer has a strong fan base in India. There are over 2,16,401 followers on Twitter alone. “I love giving surprise appearances on Facebook. I also like talking to my audience on my birthday and taking pictures with them, because they’ve made me a star today,” says Aslam, who is also called Aadeez by his fans.

    No acting
    Aslam has always chosen his projects carefully. “I don’t overexpose myself just to look for great melodies. I would love to try another genre, and item numbers are more than welcome. Most of my fans connect with my personal album as compared to my Bollywood tracks,” he says. Though Aslam did a movie called Bol in Urdu in 2001 and a couple of cameos in Bollywood, he prefers singing. “I have rejected several singing projects because of the melody aspect and acting offers because I do not want distractions. I want to make music,” says Aslam, whose favourite song is Lambi judai, a tribute to singer Reshma.IMG_2480

    Hand in hand
    Quite the collaborator, Aslam has made albums with the band Strings, folk singer  Reshma and several other artistes from Pakistan. But someone he really wants to work with is A R Rahman.“I have learned professionalism, new cultures, accents—in short, everything has inspired me to write more music,” says the singer, who recently got married to his long-time girlfriend, Sara Bharwana. Talking about Coke Studio Pakistan, a music show, he says, “It was a great programme to market my kind of music on a massive level. Fans got to see the other side of Atif Aslam. I loved working with the house band, Qayaas, and especially Rohail Hyatt, the Pakistani music producer.”

    At St. George’s School, on January 18, from 7 pm onwards. Tickets are priced from Rs 1,000 onwards. Details: bookmyshow.com

    —Mrinalini Sundar

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