I always welcome healthy criticism with open arms: Danyal Zafar
KARACHI: Got to admit, the telly is an unforgiving and exceedingly unpredictable beast, requiring the broadcaster – be it of news or entertainment – to parade whirlwind quick reactions, be able to tackle whatever catastrophe that might unfold and emerge still able to string a line together.
Question is: Can you test such a thing though? Well, it turns out you can. You can set all your boundaries on fire during a consultation with a supposedly unflappable neophyte singer – and see how his composure holds.
Favourably, the new-fangled star who didn’t freak out by my tumultuous questionnaire is Danyal Zafar. Coke Studio season 10 gave Danyal his big break – permitting him to progress to ‘warm-up-man’, who is now pretty equipped to stand on his own, mildly swaying away from his superstar bro Ali Zafar’s celestial annexes.
There’s a resounding theme emerging here. He says his prime counsellors in the ‘music world of broadcasting’ are maestros like Jeff Buckley and John Mayer, men who are – and probably always will be – unsurpassed in their skill of taking everything in their stride and excelling nevertheless. Also an ardent Pink Floyd enthusiast, Danyal is raring to groove to a beat of his own.
Getting uber animated and equally enthused, he added, “I mean, there are people who have messaged me expressing how the song has touched them to the point that they’ve even had a tear or two, or that they’ve been really inspired, or that they just feel so happy and good listening to it! When what you put forward inspires people, what else could be more blissful? I aspire to inspire, so this was truly a dream come true!”
His song Muntazir was a duet alongside Momina Mustehsan who too grossed herself a name, courtesy Coke Studio. Since Afreen, expectations from Momina skyrocketed – and several music routines later, she’s categorically become the flag-bearer of diverse reviews – a cluster of love teamed with a horde of odium. Probed as to whether he thinks it would’ve been a smarter move to have debuted the same song independently or through a solo song; would it have received a far more affirmative feedback?
Individuals, and by individuals, I mean the youth and otherwise, have increasingly been making evaluations and comparisons with Ali Zafar. How is he handling his brand-new popularity, especially the torrid currents of female fan base?
To that he endearingly quips, “Fame for me is all about the love people have to give to you, and it’s been crazy, honestly. But I’m a very composed person, I know where my ground are, so I try my best giving back as much love as I can. I try replying to as many people as I can, thanking them for their kind words and thoughts.”
“Yes, I’ve been working on my album for a while now. I think just a song or two are left to be written and it’ll be ready to go. It’s almost near complete. I’m aiming for the end of this year to put my stuff out there. Let’s see,” revealed Danyal with his fingers crossed. He concluded the interview with a beaming, gurgling smile and hope in his eyes.
Illustrious now for presenting himself through an-anything-but-featherweight Coke Studio, and promptly churning into the new generation of social-media-savvy personages, for Danyal, a solo album is as old-school and left-field as it gets. And that, my friends, is the way to go!