Pakistan’s music industry is facing its worst crisis today, back in the days in early 2000s our music industry was on boom, there were many hit songs releasing every other day. That was the time when Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, Noori, Jal Band, Aaroh, Call and others were entering the music industry as newbies, and created many hit songs.
Over the past years our music industry has dried up, there is no such scope for Pakistani singers and bands anymore, now days we only get to listen to Bollywood songs at weddings, radio, and parties.
Here are 5 Pakistani singers who became actors and earned height of fame and fan following.
Despite the fact that Fawad Khan no longer needs an introduction, we are pretty sure most of you still want to know how the singer turned actor. Fawad’s journey started from being a leading vocalist of Entity Paradigm (EP) – a punk rock band. So, how did a singer rise to the ultimate heights of fame and that too, not in singing but in acting? It all started with his famous drama Humsafar in which he played a role of Ashar and earned huge fan following many dream of. Later on Fawad played role of Zaroon in Zindagi Gulzar Hai and managed to pull on the heart strings of everyone, his acting skills won him hearts not just in Pakistan but all over the world.
Hold on! Not only that, but Fawad Khan is also among those very few Pakistanis who managed to work across the border as well. He got his debut in Bollywood movie Khoobsoorat along with Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor.
Later on, in Karan Johar’s movie Kapoor & Sons along with Bollywood’s biggest stars, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra. He was slaying in Bollywood till Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Due to the conflict between India and Pakistan, India banned Pakistani actors from working in Bollywood.
Fawad Khan has been through it all. Now we hear that he is all set to step in Hollywood, the sources say he has already signed up for a movie in United States.
Ali Zafar is known for being one of Asia’s most versatile, multi-talented artists. His journey from singer to actor started after releasing second music album Masty, He began receiving offers for films, Zafar is the first Pakistani actor to star in various successful Bollywood films. He was offered many films in Bollywood, out of all the scripts, Tere Bin Laden appealed him the most, He played a reporter who sells a video of an Osama Bin Laden‘s lookalike he has discovered, to build his journalistic profile and smooth his migration to the US.
The actor also worked in other Bollywood films after that, including Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and London, Paris, New York. His only role in a Pakistani film so far came in 2018. A romance, Teefa in Trouble along with Pakistani actress Maya Ali and others, Teefa in Trouble and was a blockbuster.
He has received countless awards and nominations and is considered a national hero for his amazing talent.
Farhan was a member of the band Jal for a long time, the popular pop music act from Lahore (that previously featured Atif Aslam for a small time period) and sang many hit songs like Sajni, Ik Din Aayega and Teri Yaad. In 2011, Jal made its Coke Studio debut and soon after, Farhan split up from the band.
Farhan’s decision to quit the band turned out to be the best decision; He is now more popular than ever before. Farhan’s Instagram fans have reached to 2.7 million, and all that because he perused acting over singing, for Farhan, acting was a challenge at first, “Initially, I didn’t know how to approach it, or what to do exactly but as the days went by I progressed and learned to how to go about an acting project,” says the pop singer, He has given many hit dramas over the years including Suno Chanda opposite Iqra Aziz and managed to win million of hearts with his outstanding acting skills.
Junaid Khan was a lead vocalist of Call The Band and sang many songs until he decided to step into the world of acting in 2011, he faced more criticism than appreciation, many also said that he cannot act properly and should go back to singing, “I received the feedback that I’m stiff, I’m not giving enough expressions,’ I made sure I train myself on-ground,” he continued. “This is why I’m doing back to back TV plays because I want to really challenge myself. Thankfully, now I am getting great feedback and it’s very encouraging.” The actor said.
However, eight years into acting the artist has come a long way. He has been able to prove his acting over the years, with an incredible improvement.
Junaid Khan is all set for his film debut this year; titled Kahey Dil Jidhar opposite Mansha Pasha (who last appeared on the big screen in Kamal Khan’s Laal Kabootar). The film is directed by Jalal Roomi.
Goher Mumtaz was a founder member of the band Jal and composed over 30 songs, and 3 music albums of JAL, Became the heartthrob for everyone, but the he decided to step into the Drama industry after his personality attracted many producers and directors to cast him in serials. He received many offers to act in dramas but he rejected all of those offers. As he just wanted to give his 100% and full time to music. But after receiving too much offers he decided to make his debut in TV as actor. His first drama serial as actor was Kountry Love, Which has Urwa Hocane, Marwa Hocane and many others.
Goher gained massive fan following for his good looks and acting skills and made his way into millions of hearts, he has acted in dramas like Uff Yeh Muhabbat, Kathputli, Faisla others. Slowly and steadily, the actor worked his way through to reach the top of the success ladder.