BizAsia Birthday Love: The musical talent of Ali Zafar


When it comes to creativity this individual has been gifted by the almighty in more ways than one. He is a singer, lyricist as well as a music composer. He has the skills to create wonderful art and has shared his work with his fans many a times through social media. He’s an actor and a model and perhaps has many more hidden qualities that are yet to be discovered by the world.

18th May marks the birthday of the very handsome Ali Zafar. To celebrate this occasion will explore some of his songs from his films.

Nahi Maloom from ‘Total Siyapaa’ (2014)
Nahi maloom was composed by Zafar and was sung by him and fellow Pakistani artist Fariha Parvaiz. Zafar had explored a variety of cultures through this song as there were Spanish elements as well as Middle Eastern sounds.

Jia (Sara Khan) turns on some music and starts dancing without a care in the world while Aman (Zafar) watches her not knowing how to react. After being persuaded by Jia (Khan) to get up and dance the reserved Aman (Zafar) begins to loosen up and starts dancing freely that is until his girlfriend enters the room and sees the two of them together.

The film may not have done so well at the box office but the songs were liked by many.

Ting Rang from ‘London, Paris, New York’ (2012)
The song takes place in a pub in London where Nikhil (Zafar) sings about not wanting to get involved in any serious love affairs or worse marriage instead he’d rather have a cold beer and enjoy life. It was the first time that Aditi Rao Hydari was paired opposite Zafar, they looked great together and their scenes were enjoyable to watch.

In the song Lalitha (Rao Hydari) can be seen looking a little uncomfortable watching the overconfident Nikhil (Zafar) surround himself with lots of young women who are out on a hen night.

Zafar not only sang the song but he also composed the music and wrote the lyrics too. It was an upbeat number which tried to mix both Punjabi and western beats together and it worked really well.

Madhubala from ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’ (2011)
The song Madubala had the vocals of Zafar accompanied by Sreeram Chandra and Shweta Pandit. Six years on this song is still very popular due to its catchy beat and the energy in the performances by Zafar, Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan.

After Luv (Zafar) has been given an intoxicated drink he sees a poster of the late actress Madhubala and sat beside the poster is Dimple (Kaif). Luv (Zafar) begins to suffer the side effects of the drink and thus the enjoyable song Madhubala begins. It was an entertaining song and Zafar’s vocals were a bonus.

Nakhriley from ‘Kill Dil’ (2014)
The song was used in the credits at the end of the film perhaps that is why the director felt that they could experiment with the video. The video had a western theme with Zafar and Ranveer Singh dressed as cowboys and Parineeti Chopra dressed in a corset dress to fit the theme.

Zafar and Singh dancing together was a great moment to watch especially the part where they imitate Michael Jackson’s dance moves.

Zafar, Shankar Mahadevan, Gulzar and Mahalakshmi Iyer were all involved in the making of this peppy number. In some ways the song reminded one of a qawali such as how the song was sung and the instruments used. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the style of the song Nakhriley transported the audience back to the 90’s.

Tu Hi Hai from ‘Dear Zindagi’ (2016)
When it comes to romance Zafar is able to cast a spell with his harmonious voice. The song tu hi hai was a beautiful melody that had Rumi (Zafar) playing the guitar while trying to impress Kaira (Alia Bhatt) in the film. The song takes place at a gathering where Kaira (Bhatt) catches the eye of Rumi (Zafar).

Kausar Munir wrote the wonderful lyrics whilst Amit Trived created the music. The lyrics went amazingly well with the video and the music was simple yet perfect, anything more would have ruined this gem.  Zafar brought the song alive with his charm and the passion can be heard in his voice. Another version of the song had been sung by Arijit Singh but the version by Zafar received a lot of love from the audience. wishes Ali Zafar a happy birthday and all the very best for his upcoming film ‘Teefa in Trouble.

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