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Atif Aslam: Pakistani Rockstar

By Summun Jafri Atif Aslam is easily one of Pakistan’s biggest pop stars. In less than a decade, the 29 year old Wazirabad native has established himself as an icon who can sing and act.  His first Urdu album, Jalpari came out in 2004, followed by Doorie in 2006 and Meri Kahani in 2008. He gained popularity with hit songs such as Wo Lamhe, Tere Bin, and Doorie, all of which have been featured in Bollywood movies. In 2008 his song Bakhuda Tumhi Ho was featured in the film Kismat Konnection, and in 2010 five of his singles were featured in the film Prince. Atif also began an acting career in 2010, landing a job in the movie Bol. All throughout 2009 he had a major presence on the show Coke Studio, where he performed five of his singles and was very well received by audiences. The performances have since received millions of views on YouTube. Atif has performed concerts all around the world, from Pakistan and India, to London, and even Mississauga’s Hersey’s Centre. He has been nomitated for numerous awards such as the Best Playback Singer Male at the Filmfare Awards and the IIFA’s three years in a row. Atif Aslam shows no signs of stopping, as he is currently touring the world, continues his work with Coke Studios, and works on new music for the films Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya and Jayanta Bhai Ki Love Story.   Atif Aslam Performing Jal Pari for Coke Studio

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