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Pakistani singers who left an impact on Bollywood
Shafqat Amanat Ali
Shafqat was introduced to Bollywood by Shankar Mahadevan. One morning while driving to his studio, he heard Shafqat's hit song "Aankhon Ke Saagar" on the radio. He immediately called the radio jockey who was his friend and got Shafqat's contact number. Shafqat sang "Mitwa" composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy for the movie Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is popular as a Bollywood playback singer, he debuted as a playback singer in Bollywood with the movie Paap in 2004, featuring the hit song, Mann Ki Lagan. His recent works include Pakistani nationalistic songs such as Dharti Dharti and Hum Pakistan, and songs from Bollywood films. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is the first Pakistani to be invited at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, to perform at its concert.
Ali Zafar made his debut as a musician with the album Huqa Pani, released in Pakistan in 2003. Ali Zafar made his debut in Bollywood in Tere Bin Laden which was a success both critically and commercially. Later, he was seen in many movies like Mere brother ki dulhan, London Paris New York, Total Siyappa, Chashme Baddoor, Kill Dill. Ali Zafar has won three Lux Style Awards, three Indus Music Awards, three MTV Style Awards and one Stardust Award. In 2012, Zafar was awarded by Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards in India.
Adnan Sami's first formal album was an Indian classical album on the piano accompanied by tabla maestro Zakir Hussain in 1989 called "The One & Only". He had his first vocal solo album "Raag Time" in 1991. The song from his album "Teri Yaad" was the title track of his first album which became a huge hit in Pakistan. In 2000, Asha Bhosle teamed up again with Adnan Sami to release a collection of love songs named Kabhi to Nazar Milao in India. The music was also composed by Adnan. The album became an instant blockbuster and had topped the Indipop charts for the most of 2001 & 2002.
Atif Aslam made his debut film in the 2011 social drama 'Bol', which was the one of the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all the time. Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt called Atif Aslam to seek his consent to include "Woh Lamhey" in the soundtrack of his new motion picture, Zeher. Atif Aslam has crooned for different Bollywood stars like Emran Hashmi, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Shahid Kapoor and even for Salman Khan's latest 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. Atif's work has received praise from several artists.