Published On: Fri, Feb 12th, 2016

Arif Lohar is going to make biopic of folk icon Alam Lohar



Well, known Pakistani folk singer Arif Lohar is going to make a movie on his father, who was the folk icon Alam Lohar. The project has been started and initial paperwork is at present under way. Whereas Arif has finalized the script and his research team is making quires with people who spent time with his father. It will use for the biopic and make a documentary film.

Alam initiated his singing career from the Aach Goach village near Gujrat and his family was called as blacksmiths of the area. Alam worked very hard and his identity was the chimta, which was used as an instrument, with crisped Punjabi and unique tone. His melodious voice spread across the region with popularized hymns, for example, Jugni and a lot of other Sufi kalam. He is the creator of hundreds of studio albums all through his career.

Arif told in an interview that “My father brought honor to this country and it is a fact that even the new generation is a fan of his work.” He further revealed about the idea of making the biopic of his father, “I think now is the right time to go ahead with the project. The film is a very powerful medium to put your message across and the younger audiences should be made aware of those who served the country before them … I have decided to do that for my father.”

Arif further added that “I have focused all my energies towards this one project. I have been traveling quite a lot, meeting lots of people to retain authenticity in the film,” he continued by saying that “His music will be part of the film’s soundtrack. I have a lot of ideas on my mind right now and I will begin to implement them one after another.”

He further revealed that the film will be made according to the current industry standards. He asserted that “At the moment I cannot disclose much about it. I am gathering all the information that I can … getting people to tell me how they saw my father,” he added that “I am very well aware of what the people want to see in the film. It tells the actual story of an artist who started out with humble beginnings and then went on to gain international acclaim.”

Arif said that folk music is getting special attention in the West, “We should promote our music accordingly. The audiences are there.” now Arif has the idea of starting a music academy in the UK. He feels Indian folk music has a market in the West because it has been promoted in a certain way. He said that “They put their work out to wider audiences and made documentaries record their folk culture. We need to do that as well,”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.