Young Kashmiri singer Isfaq Kawa is ready to make his playback debut in Bollywood.
Isfaq recorded the title song for the upcoming Bollywood movie Welcome to Kashmir, which was shot in North Kashmir and features locals in the lead role, due for release this year.
Originally from Shadipora village in Bandipora district, Ishfaq has a soul-stirring voice that resembles the famous singer Arjit Sing.
Ishfaq first decided to give singing a try in 2015 when he received a standing ovation for his singing talent while working as a waiter in Hyderabad.
Ishfaq rose to prominence with the song “Nundi Bani”, written and composed by him, dedicated to all mothers who have lost their children. The song was a huge hit with his 10 million views on YouTube alone.
Ishfaq currently has over 492,000 subscribers on YouTube. He has gained millions of views for every song he uploads to YouTube and has become Kasimi’s new musical sensation.
“I am very happy to have recorded the title song of ‘Welcome to Kashmir’. It was a start from scratch, but I am very happy that we have come this far. Everyone will be happy to know that they have reached Bollywood,” said a jubilant Isfaq.
“The title song is written in Kashmiri and has very few Hindi dialogues. rice field.
He said “Welcome to Kashmir” is an attempt to present authentic images of the people of J&K to a wider audience.
He said the film highlights the need to empower women and eradicate drug addiction among Kashmir’s youth.
Ishfaq aims to give more space to the Kashmiri language in Bollywood through songs.
“I wanted Kashmiri to reach Bollywood and finally my dream came true. Now I will go to Mumbai and I will do my best to perform in Bollywood,” said Isfa.
“Thanks to the introduction of Punjabi songs into Bollywood, Punjabi is now gaining an audience in non-Punjabi regions as well. It is a hit among people who want to promote Kashmir through Bollywood, like Punjabi.
A farmer’s son, Isfaq has had his share of ups and downs, but the hard work and hard work have paid off.
“I have been interested in music since I was a child, but I didn’t have a platform to showcase my talent. During my career as a singer, I faced many difficulties to get to where I am today. Faced with the financial crisis and money was scarce when I was just starting my music career, I worked hard to earn money to follow my passion, but I never gave up hope. I always tried to do my best,” he said.
“Initially, when I translated a Hindi song into Kashmiri and sang it, there was a huge response from the listeners. After that, I started singing my own songs like ‘Dilbar’, ‘Nund Banie’, ‘Ha Yaroa Walo’, ‘Zaroori Shum’, ‘Madnoa’ and my recently released song ‘Madno’. I wrote and composed all these songs myself,” he said.
“I intend to spread Kashmiri among young people through my songs and that’s what I do,” he said.
“I am overwhelmed by the love and respect I receive from music lovers both at home and outside. When I started, I never thought I would be loved by so many people.”
“In a few weeks we will release a song titled ‘Gubroa’. I am sure people will love it as they loved the song ‘Nundi Bani’,” said Isfaq.