Talented singer and actor Ali Zafar is back after performing 50 shows in 60 days as well as a few other projects which he has had in the pipeline, such as creating new music for his album and wrapping up his next Bollywood film in Goa.
It doesn’t stop there, Zafar is also known for his social work. He has currently been raising awareness on the importance of education for girls. According to Hindustan Times, Zafar says, “There are some other initiatives that we have been bustling with too, such as a means of educating girls and building schools. And my group Islamabad United won a Pakistan Super League, that is like IPL.”
Why is education so close to his heart, Zafar explains,ʉMy parents were professors – my mother is the first post doc scholar in library sciences in Pakistan, and my father was the chairman of the fine arts department of the Punjab University (Pakistan). So, I understand the importance of education and therefore the cause of education is very close to my heart. I have been sponsoring the education of more than 100 girls. We recently started building schools (after the Peshawar incident) and about 27-28 schools will be complete midyear. ”
Although he has shied away from talking about his charitable cause, Zafar is now more willing to share and motivate others to be involved. He was invited to performat Girl Rising charity event which was held to honour teachers. The other celebrity guests included Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra, and Hollywood actors Salma Hayek and Matthew McConaughey.
Zafar added For the cause of education, I had gone to Dubai about an initiative which was part of the Girl Rising event. I performed some fusion of jazz with my songs, also performed classics like Imagine by John Lennon. I performed Sun Ri Sajaniya and Madhubala, then Abhishek Bachchan came on stage and I called Matthew and Parineeti too, and we all sang and danced. It was fun.”
BizAsiawishes him well in his endeavours.
By Ketna Mistry