MUMBAI: Pakistan’s legendary ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, whose performances in India were marred last year by Shiv Sena threats, is now geared to make his acting debut with Hindi feature film ‘Ghar Wapsi’.
Directed by Suhaib Ilyasi, the film will also feature Ghulam Ali singing the Indian patriotic song of the same name. The ghazal singer is in New Delhi to dub his portion of the film.
“If I keep on doing this for three to four more days, I can be a (professional) actor. I guess singing is very easy,” Ghulam Ali, who seemed to be extremely excited during the dubbing, quipped during an interaction with an Indian news agency.
He also showcased his singing prowess in between dubbing, and shared that he took up the acting assignment for Suhaib, whom he considers as a “younger brother”.
The ghazal maestro has enthralled fans across the globe with his baritone voice, and just last week, he was in Kolkata where he performed three months after the cancellation of his concert in Mumbai.
The film stars Alok Nath, Farida Jalal, Reema Lagoo, Deepak Tijori and Zarina Wahab, and apart from Ghulam Ali it also includes the work of singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan.
Ghulam Ali will head to Mumbai on January 29 for the music launch of the film, which is both produced and directed by Suhaib of India’s Most Wanted fame.
He hopes the event goes smoothly. “I hope the Ghar Wapsi music launch will be smooth and successful without any hiccups,” said Suhaib adding that “India and Pakistan’s relations are improving”.
“Both the country’s governments and prime ministers are politically inclined to bring people of the two nations closer. Music, art and culture play a pivotal role in mending ties,” he further said.