By Bushra Hassan.
Yasir Akhtar, British Pakistani singer, actor, director, producer, lyricist has always raised the flag of our country throughout the world. Akhtar’s recent single ’Sansani-The Sensation’ has gained five million online views. Akhtar is extremely busy in England with his new projects and singing performances.
Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, the trendsetter has now found a new home in Manchester. Nowadays, he’s planning to release his new music video filmed in London. Not just he has created a niche for himself but he has given breaks to many other artists in Pakistan and in England.
Yasir started his career as a child artist in TV commercials and in Javed Jabbar’s feature film “Beyond the Last Mountain”. When Yasir was sixteen years old, he was offered a small role in PTV’s Serial “Dastak” by veteran Shahzad Khalil. At 17 years of age, Yasir launched one of the most popular musical band of Pakistan ‘The Arid Zone”. As a lead vocalist of the band he performed all across the globe. The band’s first album was released by EMI International.
Yasir Akhtar – Sansani – The Sensation
Yasir continues to win the hearts of millions with his new single ‘Sansani’ -The Sensation”. His earlier songs “Kabhi to Hoga Mera Milan, Jogi, Aaja Baliye, Pyar Dyan Gallan, Aey Sanam, Oh My Love, Lout Aao Na, Sohniye, Jayen Kahan Armaan, Zara Man ko Dekhna” and many other popular tracks. Yasir has been brand ambassador for brands like Gillette, Mobilink, Jazz, Pepsi, Lipton, English Biscuits, Phillips, Whirlpool and other multinational companies.
At 16 years of age, his charismatic and charming personality impressed the producers at the national network of Pakistan, Yasir Akhtar was offered a role in the drama serial “Tapish” by Sahira Kazmi. Critics admired the acting skills of this young boy and everyone praised the new addition in entertainment industry. Akhtar played the hero in PTV Network’s major drama serials such as Monsoon, Khawab Suhanay, Yeh Jahan, Phir Yoon Hua and many more.
Yasir Akhtar’s first break as a director and producer was the very first pop chart show in the history of Pakistan ‘Music Channel Charts’. He introduced artists like Shehzad Roy, Fakhr-e-Alam, Komal Rizvi, Najam Sheraz, Nadeem Jafri and many other artists through this program. He directed and produced nearly 100 music videos for different artists for this show. ‘Music Channel Charts’ is the most popular pop chart show of Pakistan.
In Pakistan, Yasir launched successful projects as a singer, actor and director including the first ever Pakistani telefilm series TAPAL CINEMA. Sponsored by the leading tea company of Pakistan. The telefilm series had six telefilms Kashish, Rahain, Shehzadi, Chand, Titli and many more. This popular series of telefilms started a trend of telefilms with songs in it.
Akhtar is also responsible for starting the first ever branded drama serial of Pakistan sponsored by Phillips Whirlpool called Mera Ghar Aik Whirlpool (My Home A Whirlpool), His other popular drama serials are Jayen Kahan Armaan (Where to go wishes), French Toast, British Asian drama serial Sard Aag (Cold Fire) and many other trend setting projects.
It is also to Yasir’s CREDIT that his telefilms, dramas serials and music videos have launched and given breaks to several renowned actors like Humayun Saeed, Saadia Imam, Shamoon Abbasi, Javeria Abbasi, Nida Yasir, Saadia Imam, Armeena Rana Khan, film star Zara Sheikh, Tooba Siddique and many more.
Yasir Akhtar in Pakistan Day Parade at Manchester, United Kingdom.
In England, Yasir Akhtar has been churning out quality productions and projects. He has performed all over Europe and UK. He has produced and directed videos for promising artists like Sheeba Khan, Kaz Khan, Mirza MC, Nasir Khan, Iffi-K, Tripet Garielle and many other talent from England. He has produced and directed videos for artists like Apache Indian to Legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Yasir has also been successfully running his film production house in England under the name of “Pegasus Productions”. The company completed several successful projects in Pakistan earlier and is now doing production work in the UK. Akhtar has most recently completed of production work for the BBC, the NHS, Channel 4, Manchester City Council and more.
Yasir Akhtar with Apache Indian and Sheeba Khan.
Yasir Akhtar has been appreciated and honoured with many awards in Pakistan, UK and USA. Recently, the Counsel General Pakistan in Manchester, Mr. Zahoor Ahmad, invited Mr. Yasir to organize and perform in the first ever “Pakistan Day Parade” ceremony. During the Parade, world Champion Boxer Amir Khan marched alongside Yasir Akhtar as they both accepted a warm and patriotic welcome from their fans and followers.
In a recent interview Yasir Akhtar said ‘ I am deeply thankful to my fans all across the globe who have shown a never ending support to my music and productions.I am also thankful to Shaista Iram Hamid and Zahid Hamid of SK Media for supporting ’Sansani’ and my upcoming projects. I will soon be releasing
my new video, it’s filmed in London, it’s a hip hop dance track with Desi touch. The video of my upcoming track is a mix of Hollywood and Bollywood. I am playing a double role in the video. I am also finalizing scripts for my a upcoming drama project and a film which will be shot in England and Pakistan”.
The writer is a Research Analyst and holds a strong command over Entertainment Industry.
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