Music flows in my blood: Bashir
Javed Bashir, whose unique singing quality has won him many a fan, credits his family background for his musical genes. “My maternal grandfather was a classical singer and my paternal grandfather was a qawwali singer. Then later, my father, too, started performing qawwali ... and my uncle Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan is classical singer. So I grew up in a very musically-inclined environment. That is why singing both classical and qawwali comes naturally to me,” says Bashir, who has crooned tracks such as Mera Yaar (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag; 2013) and Yeh Tuney Kya Kia (Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai; 2013).
Like his contemporaries, Javed also has a strong foothold in Bollywood. Asked if there is any particular actor he would like to lend his voice to, Bashir says, “All actors are good, and I’d love to sing for Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan. I’d like to sing for every actor who performs effortlessly and makes a character stand out. I really respect such actors.” He adds: “I am fortunate to have worked with people like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal-Shekhar and Pritam, who are such stalwarts in their field.”
I grew up in a musically-inclined atomosphere ... singing classical and qawwali comes naturally to me
—Javed Bashir, singer