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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 andA�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, a�?I am looking forward to being with a fun crowd. They should expect the best of me.a�?

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

    No acting
    Aslam has always chosen his projects carefully. a�?I dona��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,a�? he says. Though Aslam did a movie called Bol in Urdu in 2001 and a couple of cameos in Bollywood, he prefers singing. a�?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,a�? 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 A�Reshma and several other artistes from Pakistan. But someone he really wants to work with is A R Rahman.a�?I have learned professionalism, new cultures, accentsa��in short, everything has inspired me to write more music,a�? says the singer, who recently got married to his long-time girlfriend,A�Sara Bharwana. Talking about Coke Studio Pakistan, a music show, he says, a�?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.a�?

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

    a��Mrinalini Sundar


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