(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ali zafar tells city times why music is all-powerful in a chat prior to his sharjah concert
a regular face on the uae concert scene popular pakistani actor-musician ali zafar will entertain his next audience at al madina club in sharjah on april 18 with comedian umer sharif providing some laughs for patrons at the event. in a chat with city times ali said he rates uae crowds as ‘super fun’.
“they have always shown how to have fun. i have always returned with fond memories from the uae.”
so what can fans expect from the upcoming concert? “lots of fun masti live music and hopefully one of the most memorable nights of their lives” he said.
‘i enjoy being on stage’
ali who made a foray into bollywood with satirical film tere bin laden and most recently starred alongside yami gautam in total siyapaa (for which he also composed and sang songs) seems to strike a balance between his acting and music careers with ease.
“nothing is difficult if your heart is in it. i get to work with music in most of the films i do and i feel humbled that whoever i work with appreciates my music enough to have me sing while i act. it is something i enjoy doing” said the amiable star.
up next for him in bollywood is kill dill a yash raj film which also features ranveer singh parineeti chopra govinda and rani mukerji. “right now i am focusing on films and music related to films” he said when asked about his current musical projects.
ali whose catchy single channo from debut album huqa pani catapulted him into the spotlight in 2003 said being on stage makes him feel “blessed.”
“i feel gratitude. i enjoy being on the stage and pleasing my audience.”
after being a part of the entertainment industry for over a decade and picking up numerous awards and accolades in the process the man who beat hrithik roshan to be voted eastern eye’s sexiest asian man on the planet in 2013 remains remarkably grounded.
“my advice to aspiring musicians would be to work hard. there is no shortcut to success” he said.
ali’s musical inspirations are a testament to his versatility. “we all grow up with idols around us. my inspiration throughout my life and career has come through various artists from the likes of pink floyd and led zeppelin to mehdi hassan and kishore kumar from strings to tufail niazi. it’s a long list.”
indo-pak cause ‘very dear’
when the genial soft-spoken star had dropped into khaleej times recently to promote total siyapaa (a comedy with an indian-pakistani romance as its backdrop) he expressed a sincere desire to promote unity through his work while discussing the film.
“love is the greatest force. we base our perceptions on images that are created through newspapers or random sources we really haven’t been there (the other country) or met people. our generation should think beyond these perceptions and live in a harmonious way. we deserve a better future.
“i think it is a little selfish for an entertainer actor or singer to only think about what would benefit his or her career and pass up the opportunity to be able to contribute in some manner – to change the way people think or to contribute to society. for me personally the indo-pak cause is very dear; i have come to believe that it would be very beneficial for both of us to come together.”
this intention is endorsed in his philosophy of music. “be positive and don’t lose hope. music is probably the most powerful of art forms that can connect to a level nothing else can. practised with the right intent it can change the world.”
catch jhoom live in concert with ali zafar and umer sharif on friday april 18 at al madina club behind sharjah cricket stadium. doors open 6pm show starts 8pm. tickets dhs 1000 (group entry for four) dhs350 dhs100 dhs50 available at karachi darbar outlets. for more information contact 050 876 1958/050 737 0881. email info?cacevents.net