A Diehard Cop Makes His Voice Heard!

By Faisal Saif, Mumbai,December 13, 2013: Sufi singer Mudasir Ali left his job as a cop from Srinagar to come to Mumbai to pursue his dream of music, little did he know that he would be a part of an award-winning journey. Mudasir Ali has rendered the vocals for the title song of Girish Malik’s Jal along with stalwart veteran Shubha Mudgal, something that the youngster thinks is a “dream come true.”

Jal boasts of soul-stirring compositions by the dup of tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh and Sonu Nigam. Says Mudasir Ali, “Bickram da heard my voice on the phone and then Sonuji met me. I was very happy they chose me for the song Jal. To render my vocals for the film with such stalwarts is a dream for any singer. Back where we come from, we are used to waking up to the sound of gunshots. And to let our voice be heard is any form is a boon.”

Says Bickram Ghosh, “Mudasir  Ali is a wonderfully talented singer with a voice that has an amazing range. He sang the title track and did a  fine job, He has a special forte in sufi singing.”

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Says Shiv Sahay, ADGP, Armed Police, Jammu and Kashmir,  "Mudasir Ali has been a valuable associate during the difficult days when militancy was at its peak., even then his singing was a source of solace. He is a very goodsufi singer and we wish him all the very best."

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Jal, a entertaining film with a soul, delves into the universal issue of water scarcity and ecological imbalance, weaved into an entertaining tapestry of love, life and human emotions, is the official selection of the recent Busan Film Festival and in the Panorama Selection of International Film festival of India.

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Sufi singer Mudasir Ali, was also part of Surkshetra, Bharat Ki Shaan and has lent his vocals to veterans like Monty Sharma, Rajiv-Mona among others. His Indo-Pak album Dil Ki Udaan Sarhad Ke Paar Hai was launched by Mahesh Bhatt recently, where Mudasir Ali co-composed and rendered the vocals along with Pakistani Qawwal Hamza Akram. Mudasir Ali’s soul-stirring sufi renditions are a rage in the north with live shows today.

Washington Bangla Radio Mumbai correspondent Faisal Saif is co-editor of Global Movie Magazine and sub-editor of Youth Eye Magazine. A passionate Bollywood Feature News Writer and film critic, Saif is a regular contributor to Santabanta, Page 3 Bollywood, Orissa Diary, PardaPhash, NewsWala, The News Tribe, Bolega India and many more online and print journals. Saif lives in Mumbai and can be reached at thatfaisalsaif at gmail. faisal-saif