Pakistan's most popular singer shines among stars such as Shaan, Malaika, and Bipasha Basu
By Murtaza Ali Shah and Aisha Jamil
will be noexaggeration to say that Atif Aslam is Pakistan's biggest
heartthrob and popstar. Over the last decade, the singer, who found fame
with Jal's hit debutsingle 'Aadat', has come a very long way.
for the second time at London'sspectacular O2, Atif Aslam proved that
he is an incredible singer and performerwho has found his confidence and
niche and can command thousands to his beats.At the glittering
Bollywood Showstopper concert, Atif performed with a dazzlingcast of
Indian celebrities, which included singer Shaan, the glamorousBollywood
icon Bipasha Basu, and dancing queen Malaika Arora Khan. The creditfor
arranging this show for the second year running and for bringing Atif
Aslamand Bollywood megastars goes to Naz Chaudhry of the Bolly Flex
Productions, adance troupe.
Even Atif's wedding, a
few days earlier, could notinterfere with the connection he has with
his loyal fans. Indeed, it seems heput his honeymoon on hold to please
the screaming crowds, who were notdisappointed.
brought my wife with me and soon after theshows are over, I am off to
honeymoon in London and elsewhere in Europe,” Atiftold Instep on Sunday
during an exclusive interview after the Showstopper pressconference. "My
wife has attended my concerts regularly and it will be a joy toperform
before her in London,” said the singer.
Pakistan proud having won Sur Kshetra -the hit TV competition featuring
singers from India and Pakistan battling itout for the top prize - where
Pakistani singer Nabeel took the crown underAtif's captaincy. The
singer, when asked by Instep on Sunday whether he feltpressure by the
presence of Shaan and a demanding, albeit loyal crowd at theO2, he said
confidently, "I have no fears. I don't take pressure. I giveeverything
to my performances and Allah has been very kind to me.”
how right he was. The show belonged to him andhe was the real
showstopper, as he belted out one song after another during twohours of
live performance. Atif Aslam created various beautiful
momentsinteracting with the audience, running on and off the stage into
the crowd, heeven interacted with the disabled section of the crowd and
sung to them. Hesaid, "I loved London, I wanted to perform for two more
hours, and the energyin the room was mind blowing”.
Basu at the press conference had toldInstep on Sunday that she often
listens to Atif Aslam's songs and shared, "I amhis number one fan. Music
is the best vehicle to promote understanding and ourmusic brings people
together. Artists are more concerned with music and theirart than
anything else and this is a way of building bridges too.”
the concert, Bipasha repeated her admirationfor the Pakistani stud. She
stated that she was excited to perform in the UKafter such a long time,
especially with both Shaan and Atif, who she said werereally talented
men. "They are incredible singers. A huge bundle of talent.”
performed all her hit numbers and dance movesfrom her films and also
picked a lucky boy from the audience to come and joinher on stage. She
performed very elegantly and both arenas lit up with cameraphones the
second she took to the stage.
Malaika Arora said
that she was super-excited toperform her item numbers in front of an
adoring crowd. She said she has been atthe O2 many times for concerts -
including once to watch Justin Bieber perform- but performing her own
songs was special to her.
spectacularly, everything fromher presence, her interaction with the
dancers and her comical expressions andversatility was flawless.
dancing queen left audiences in awe, wantingmore. She said, "I loved
the whole experience, the dancers and choreographersin the UK were
amazing, this was one of my best performances to date, I wouldlove to do
more tours with them”.
The show was opened by the
dancers and then Shaantook over the stage with his band. The playback
singer was at his amazing best.Besides his own songs, he tried his
vocals on some of the fastest pop tracks ofBollywood and proved his
diverse vocal range. He connected with the crowd verywell and involved
them too. The singer praised the crowd for their enthusiasm.
of Shaan's most memorable moments was comingthrough the audience on the
O2 London stage for his entry; he made the audiencejump up and down in
Birmingham, and controlled the tempo of the arena. He sung27 songs
While all the stars did an
outstanding job, thehosts of the show, and the stars themselves made
sure they mentioned afterevery number, that Atif Aslam was soon to come
on stage, and at every mentionof his name the crowd went crazy chanting
When Atif finally did make it to the
stage, thewarm up was the perfect introduction to the main act and a
hugely enthusiasticaudience welcomed one of Pakistan's most popular
vocalists on stage to roaringapplause. Atif has reached a global
audience on a phenomenal level and is agreat ambassador for Pakistan.
The hosts announced that this concert was aspecial one for Atif because
not only was it his honeymoon concert but on thesame day the singer
reached a milestone when the number of his followersreached 5 million.
began in true rock star style. He belted outhit after hit, for two
hours, reaching vocal highs. A strong voice and melodictunes made for
the perfect recipe. There was not a single song which theaudience didn't
remember verbatim and sang along to.
his songs, he sang with only thekeyboardist providing the music. This
was the same band lineup that had touredwith Atif everywhere. It will be
unfair not to pay tribute to Atif's band onguitars, keyboards and
drums. Combined, they gave an unforgettable treat.Through every beat and
riff, the band members gelled exceptionally well andthere was not a
single broken chord. They were at ease and their timing wasperfect.
or away, his fans - and even those who arenot- know Atif is a force to
reckon with; and the Bollywood Showstopper showfurther cemented that