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Atif Aslam confronted angry audience for singing Bollywood song at Independence Parade

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Singer Atif Aslam confronted angry audience at Independence Day parade in New York. The audiences were disgruntled when Atif Aslam sang Bollywood songs instead of Independence Day anthem at the parade.

Atif Aslam has sung multiple songs for Bollywood than for Lollywood. He sang his song ‘Tere Hone Laga Hoon’ from Bollywood movie ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’. The attendees of the parade protested against Atif Aslam and the organizers of the program.

The singer had to leave the program midway. Atif Aslam has not responded to the controversy yet. As per media reports Atif Aslam even refused to hold the Pakistani flag at the event, however, the Pakistan Embassy has not confirmed the news.

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People attending the concert expected Atif Aslam to sing patriotic songs and show some patriotism for the country. Singer Mohammad Ali Shaikhi expressing his view said “Often we are requested to sing one of our songs. I think Atif may have done that, not realizing whether the song was made in India or Pakistan.”

He, however, urged that audiences on such occasion expect the singers to sing the patriotic songs. Shafqat Amanat Ali, who has established himself in Bollywood tweeted in favor of Atif Aslam. He, however, said that it was an inadvertent mistake of Atif Aslam. Organizers and the audiences should have briefed him over the songs they wanted him to sing.

People expressed contrasting views on social media. Some criticized him while others thought it was a pardonable mistake of Atif Aslam and that he should be careful in the future. On the other hand, Indian singer Tulsi Kumar who has recently sung a duet with Atif Aslam for the forthcoming movie believes that both the countries should extend their relation through music since music connects people.

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I actually believe music has no boundaries and that’s the beauty of any kind of art. I have collaborated with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan back in 2010 for one of the biggest tracks of my career ‘Tum Jo Aaye Zindagi Mein’. Now it’s a collaboration with Atif Aslam for ‘Paniyon say'”. said Tulsi.

“I don’t think so we should have personal issues of countries involved with music. Music is free from boundaries and sees no difference between two countries. I think music is something which connects people and their emotions worldwide and I think it’s great to collaborate with various talented artists irrespective of the country they belong to. Let the music do all the talking and healing and bring the countries together,” she added.


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  1. I watched the entire show in NY. There was not one angry person during the show. Local security people tried their best to maintain proper clear aisles during Atif Aslam performance. The people there were ao happy and sang along with sll his songs. Atif was especially kind and took song requests from the audience.
    No sign of any problem. Some media tried to stay in front blocking audience and were asked to stand in front towards the side of the stage. One media giy with a tripod stood in front surfing on his phone which was attached to the tripod. He took center front location amd got mad when security kindly asked him to please move on the side. There were many many Pakistani flags hanging above stage and along all perimeter places. Record crowds came to see him and the The NYC Mayor. He wrote a new song about Pakistan and performed on 12/25/17 singing the Pakistani National Anthem.
    FYI all Pakistanis should be appreciative and glad for the positive example given by the Parade, the peaceful, enthusiastic crowd. It sent a positive message to New Yorkers and the world how wonderful Pakistani community is.

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