|Birth name||Muhammad Atif Aslam|
|Years active||2007 – Present|
Pakistani musician. He was born in Wazirabad, Gujranwala on March 12, 1983 and was educated in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Atif’s kindergarten started in Model town Lahore at Kimberley Hall School. His first stage manifestation was in a fancy dress show at his school when he was in grade 1 where he performed as Imran Khan, the former captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team. Since then cricket was like a passion to him. At that time he had no interest in any kind of songs. At the age of 9 in 1991 he was shifted to Rawalpindi/Islamabad where he continued his studies in Saint Paul’s School. Atif came back to Lahore in 1995 where he continued his studies in Divisional Public School Model Town. Due to his immense passion for cricket he was selected in his school team as a fast bowler. Atif cleared his 10th grade in 14 years of age. Atif started his FSc in PAF College Lahore. He was in his college team as well where he presented his college in other cities. During his college life he come across with some interest in music. He attended Punjab Institute of Computer Science (PICS) to do his Bachelors in Computer Science (BCS). Aslam’s eldest brother owned a collection of more than 8,000 songs of almost all music genres, from which Atif absorbed a wide range of music at home. As a good learner he quickly grasped the control of voice, though at that time he was not interested in singing. Aslam’s passion was still to enter the Pakistani cricket team as a fast bowler.
Start of Musical Career
While in college, once, his friends insisted him to participate in the singing on Independence Day celebrations at PAF College Lahore and Sargodha in 1998. He performed there and won the competition. After FSc, Atif Joined Punjab Institute of Computer Science Gulberg Campus. His hobby of singing continued when he entered in the singing competition of his college, where there were a total of 8 participants. The media team entered Atif’s name in the competition at the eleventh hour and he won the competition singing a hit number of Pakistani band Strings‘ Duur.
Across The Border
Whilst the drama of lyrics & composition ownership continued in Pakistan, Bollywood 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 & dominated airplay on almost all major FM stations throughout India for a period of 6-8 months. This pattern of a slow playback song by Atif in the movie, supplemented by a remix version released for radio airplay was to become standard procedure with Atif’s songs on the Indian market.
He recorded a song for the movie Kalyug (2005), entitled Juda Hokey Bhi – a slight variation of the ever famous Aadat song. Like with “Wo Lamhey / Bheegi Yaadein”, a slow version became the theme for the movie and part of the official soundtrack, whilst a remixed version was released to hit the radio stations and desi clubs worldwide.
After recording for Kalyug, an Irani director in Hollywood contacted Atif and within very little time, Atif recorded three songs for that same director’s Hollywood movie, Man Push Cart and was rewarded with a small cameo role in the movie.
Atif re-emerged in the subcontinent with a new track, “Tere Bin” (Without You) for the Bollywood Movie, Bas Ek Pal (2006). The song became a hit in India and Pakistan.
Controversies began surrounding Atif from the beginning of his solo career. Many of Atif’s critics accused him of stealing songs from former band mate Gohar Mumtaz. Both Atif and Gohar laid claim on songs like “Aadat”, “Dil Harey”, “Woh Lamhey” and “Zindagi”. Still no one knows whose creations actually these songs are. Aadat was eventually released on both Atif’s Jal Pari and on Jals album ironically named Aadat. Atif has been accused by many of his pakistani fans of spreading himself too thinly and due to the release of his commercial album (Doorie) which resulted in him releasing another album Hungaami Halaat within a few months of Doories release.
Best song, Best Composition, Best Lyrics “Aadat”- 2nd Jazz Indus Music Awards (Pakistan)
Best playback singer, Best debut singer – Sahara Sangeet Awards (India)
Best Song, Best Lyricist, Best Composition – ARY Music Awards (Pakistan)
Most Wanted Male – The Musik Awards (Pakistan)
Best Pop Star Of The Year in Filmazia Awards (Pakistan)