Ustad Ghulam Ali take on Bollywood with “The Wedding gift”
The Pakistani talismanic musician, Ustad Ghulam Ali, has decided to render his voice for another Indian movie “498A: The Wedding gift” directed by Suhaib Ilyas.
With his latest effort, the Pakistani Ghazal maestro has followed the footsteps of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan who tested their fate in Bollywood and tremendous response.
Ghulam Ali is not unknown to the Bollywood faithful as he had previously mesmerized the Indian audience by recording his famous ghazals “Chupke Chupke Raat Din” with his spell-bounding voice in B. R Chopras “Nikaah”. Later
he recorded a song “Yaad” for a Bollywood movie named “Bewafa”.
The legendary singer started his professional career with a radio channel in Lahore and groomed his art under Bade Ghulam Ali Khan who belongs to the famous Patiala Gharana. His father was a sarangi (musical instrument) player
and a vocalist.
Speaking to the media, the 70-year-old legend said:
“The musical chords have always remained strong between the two nations. As a man and a singer, I have been trying to bridge the gap and blur the barriers between the two countries,”
He added: “India and Pakistan were one till ‘siyasat’ played its dirty game and created a siyasi border in 1947. We are like brothers and while brothers may disagree, they are bound by strong ties and so
are Pakistan and India. How does it matter, then, if I sing a nationalist song for India or Pakistan?”
“498A: The Wedding gift” as its name indicates revolves around the unjustifiable tradition of dowry that has continuously been threatening women’s in the subcontinent. According to this act-498A, the Indian penal code has
thoroughly criticized and forbidden the payment of dowry.
The romantic comedy may promise a good time starring a couple of veteran stars like Farida Jalal and Deepak Tijori. The motion picture is said to be inspired by the tragic death of Syed Makhdoom, a Canadian NRI, who became
a victim of the dowry act and committed suicide.
Reports in India suggest that the movie will be released in the first quarter of next year.