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Ali Azmat

The lead singer of the Pakistani band Junoon on returning to India and his musical ambitions.

Ali Azmat
Ali Azmat
How does it feel to perform in India?
This trip has been exceptionally memorable as the Maharaja of Patiala had invited us to play at the Heritage Festival.

What is your latest album all about?
Deewar attempts to crumble the real or imagined barriers individuals put up.

Tell us about your latest number.
Pappu Yaar is a less self-conscious side of the band. It's about the impact of Junoon in Pakistan where several clone bands have cropped up.

Sayonee to Pappu Yaar is quite a transition?
Yes, we're not unidimensional.

Are there anymore Hindi film songs on the anvil after Garaj Baras?
I'm working on the sound track of a Tanuja Chandra film and some stuff with Pooja Bhatt. Mahesh Bhatt has also asked me to act in a future film.

Is India Junoon's second home?
Absolutely, there are only a few countries where we feel as much at home as India.

How do you see rock music in Southeast Asia surviving the pop onslaught?
In Pakistan, rock music dominates. But here, Bollywood music is popular and it's difficult for rock to take root despite the excellent bands.

Who are your favourite Indian singers?
Jagjit Singh, Kishore Kumar, Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar.

Who do you think will benefit the most from the upcoming Indo-Pak cricket series?
The greatest beneficiary will be peace as people will have a chance to break through the glass wall.

What happened to your curly locks?
I got bored of them! The change suited the Garaj Baras video plot well too.

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