2015 proved to be a fantastic year for Pakistan’s biggest music export, Atif Aslam. The singer experimented with EDM and shook a leg with Tiger Shroff for the song ‘Zindagi Araha Hoon Mein’, sang unabashedly romantic songs for Bollywood such as ‘Jeena Jeena’, added more flavor and punch to Ho Mann Jahaan’s breathtaking OST and made us fall in love with his rendition of Amjad Sabri’s enduring qawwali ‘Tajdar-e-Haram’ on Coke Studio.
The accolades have started rolling in for Aslam who has just bagged a Filmfare nomination in the Best Playback Singer (Male) category for the song ‘Jeena Jeena’ from the film Badlapur.
Other nominees in the category include Ankit Tiwari for ‘Tu Hai Ke Nahi’ from the film Roy, Papon for ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ from Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Arijit Singh who has earned two nods for the songs ‘Gerua’ from Dilwale and ‘Sooraj Dooba’ from Roy.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in this category is the lack of nomination for any singer featured on the soundtrack of A.R. Rahman’s Tamasha.
Coming back to Atif Aslam, he is certainly no stranger to awards. Since making his debut in Bollywood almost a decade ago, Atif has picked up several nominations across different award ceremonies. While this is his fourth Filmfare nomination, the singer has also received nods from IIFA Awards, Star Screen, and Zee Cine among others. Will he win this time?