Everyone has heard of Ghulam Ali. Or, well, they’ve certainly heard ‘Chupke Chupke Raat Din’/’Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa’/’Chamakte Chaand Ko’/’Awargi’.
Ustad Ghulam Ali
is to ghazals
what Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was (and still is) to qawwalis
And everyone has heard of Suhaib Ilyasi. Remember India’s Most Wanted?
Together we can and we will.
Having shot to fame hosting a crime show, Ilyasi became the poster child for irony when he was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife – a case which is still pending and remains, to this day, unsolved. Ah well! “Welcome to India, Sue!” Cut-to: 16 years later. Ilyasi is now editor-in-chief of a magazine, ‘Bureaucracy Today’, and is all set with the new movie he’s directed, ‘Ghar Wapsi’, which has Ustad Ghulam Ali performing his maiden acting stint. Fans of Ghulam Ali’s voice take heart, the Ustaad
has, of course, composed music for, and belted out a number or two in, the film.
Personally, I’m torn. I’d like to see Ghulam Ali’s acting début, but I’m kinda morally opposed to watching a movie made by an alleged wife-murderer. What to do? What to do?!! Meh! I guess only time will tell.