Atif Aslam is a Pakistani playback singer and actor. He is known for his vocal belting technique. Atif has given several hit songs that are famous not only in Pakistan but in India too and has lent his voice to several Bollywood songs.
Atif Aslam was born on 12 March 1983 (age 40 years; as of 2023) in the Wazirabad city of Punjab, Pakistan. His Zodiac sign is Pisces. He began his kindergarten education from Kimberley Hall School, Lahore. When he moved to Rawalpindi, he studied at St. Paul’s Cambridge School, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi. He continued his studies from Divisional Public School when he returned to Lahore. He started his FSC from Fazaia Inter College, Lahore. He attended Punjab Institute of Computer Science (PICS), Lahore to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Atif Aslam was born in a Pakistani Punjabi Family to Mohammad Aslam and Rehana Shaheen. He has three brothers named Shahbaz, who is a Designer, Shahzad, who is a photographer and Sheraz.
Wife & Children
He is married to Sara Bharwana, who is an educationist.
The couple has three children, two sons named Abdul Ahad (born in 2014) and Aryaan Aslam (born in 2019), and a daughter named Halima Atif Aslam (born in 2023).
He started his career as the lead singer of the band named “Jal” in 2002. Atif earned much of his fame through the band. The band got commercial success initially through the song “Aadat” in 2003.
After leaving the band, Atif released his first solo album titled “Jalpari,” which turned out to be a huge hit.
He got his first break in the Bollywood through Mahesh Bhatt, when he came to Atif to seek his approval for adding his song “Woh Lamhey” in the movie “Zeher (2005).” He made his acting debut through the film “Bol” in 2011.
- Atif Aslam faced a huge backlash from the audiences after he sang the Bollywood song, ” Tera Hone Laga Hoon” from the movie “Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahaani” on Pakistan’s Independence Day Parade in New York. In his response to the haters who had been trolling him for singing an Indian song at Pakistan’s Independence Day Parade, he posted a photo of him on Instagram that says ‘No Chance To Give Up’ and wrote that he loved his haters. He further added that he was a representative of his nation’s flag and his fans knew how he respected it. Pakistani Singer, Shafqat Amanat Ali, also extended his support to Atif by saying, “Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It is just music.”
- It was on the sets of “Sur Kshetra,” a singing reality show, which teamed India and Pakistan competing against each other, captained by Atif Aslam and Himesh Reshammiya, respectively; Asha Bhosle was judging the show along with Abida Parveen and Runa Laila. Asha Bhosle voiced her opinion on one of the Pakistani contestants on the show that led to a heated argument between her and Atif. Asha Bhosle walked out of the show and makers of the show had to intervene to get Asha back on the show.
- The band, Jal’s Album “Aadat” and Atif Aslam’s album “Jalpari,” shared certain tracks such as “Aadat,” “Bheegi Yaadein” and “Ankhon Se,” which created a heated dispute between Atif and Jal’s members that resulted in both sides claiming the ownership of the songs. The dispute was even taken to the court. However, the decision of the court came in favour of both.
- Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2008
Lux Style Awards
- Best Album for Jalpari in 2005
- Best Album for Doorie in 2007
- Most Well Dressed Celebrity for Police Dress in 2008
- Best Original Sound Track for “Hona Tha Pyar” of the film Bol in 2012
- Music Icon of the year in 2013
- Best Playback Singer “Dil Dancer” for the film Actor in Law in 2017
- Food: Biryani, Aloo Palak
- Actress: Deepika Padukone
- Sport: Cricket
- Film: Parinda (1989), Yugpurush (1998), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), Fight Club (1999), Castaway (2000), Legends of the Fall (1994)
- Song: Zindagi Ka Safar by Kishore Kumar, Tu Mera Dil Tu Meri Jaan by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, My Confessions by Richard Marx, Where Were You by Pink Floyd
- Musician: Abida Parveen, Zakir Hussain, Amjad Islam Amjad, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
- TV Show: Freinds, Mr Bean, Voltron Series
- Colour: Red
- Travel Destination: Europe
- Subject: Mathematics
His net worth is around Rs. 150 Crore (PKR 268 Crore).
- Ford Comet Classic
- Toyota Crown Classic
- Audi Sports
- Lexus RX
- He had completed his 10th standard at the age of 14 and was the youngest amongst his classmates to do so.
- Earlier, Atif dreamt of becoming a cricketer and wanted to be a part of Pakistan’s national cricket team.
- Although his parents wanted him to be a doctor, Atif chose to be a computer engineer.
- He dressed as Pakistan’s former cricket team captain, Imran Khan in a fancy dress competition while he was in his first grade.
- His hidden talent for singing was first discovered by his friends, and they told about it to his parents.
- Four songs from Atif’s album “Doorie” were featured in Hollywood movies. Two of them titled “Yakeen” and “Ehsaas” and a single “Aadat” from the album “Jalpari” was featured in the movie ‘Man Push Cart’ in 2005. The songs “Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hain” and “Mori Araj Suno” was featured in the movie “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” in 2012.
- He fell in love with his future wife, Sara Bharwana, during his college days. They tied knots after seven years of courtship.
- Atif had no money to record “Aadat.” So he drove a local van and somehow managed to earn Rs. 15000 for the recording.
- About his split with the band, Jal, Atif says that his brother was managing the band, but his bandmate Gohar Mumtaz, wanted his own brother to manage the band. However, the dispute was settled with both of their brothers managing the band. Later, Gohar ditched Atif by going solo with the band to be represented in a channel. He even lied that Atif was absent from the show because one of his family members had died.
- Atif’s first concert was held at McDonald’s, where he earned an amount of PKR 500.
- He loves making sketches in his free time.
- Atif likes travelling.
- He is the youngest recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), which is the 4th highest decoration given to any civilian in Pakistan.
- He has even done free concerts for charity.
- Atif loves his evil smile and considers it as his best feature.
- Atif once said that he didn’t use to make friends in one meeting; instead, he used to observe people and then decide whether to be friends with them or not.
- Atif Aslam’s concert in Pune was cancelled in 2015 due to the protests from Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena forced the organisers of the show to cancel the concert saying that no artists from Pakistan would be allowed to perform in Pune.