Lucky Ali Turns 60: A Reflection On The Works Of The ‘Alchemist Of Indiepop’

From breeding horses, working on an oil rig, cleaning and selling carpets to completing 30 years in the music industry and still going strong … the life of Lucky Ali has been a helluva journey. And yes, he will be embarking on a Safarnama tour to celebrate his 30 years in the industry.

By Saurav Ray

Sep 18, 2018  Updated On : Sep 21, 2018

The man with the honey-smooth husky voice, intense hazel eyes, salt-and-pepper curly hair, tall and aristocratic bearing… all the talents and traits of a rock star, yet he considers himself to be a storyteller who tells stories through music.

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s Lucky Ali for you, the man who revolutionized the Indiepop industry and 20 years after tasting wild success and world renown, he is still curious, humble, and grounded as he was even before stepping into the world of music and cinema.

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Unusual for a man who grew up as the second child of late superstar Mehmood Ali and could have enjoyed the clout in the Indian cinema industry. However, instead of riding on the fame and success of the King of Comedy, he chose to find his own path and his calling.

Even though he found solace in music, he donned several hats during his youth. He went to the U.S. to breed horses so that he can implement what he learned in the stud farm back home, he worked on an oil rig for a while, and partnered with Syed Aslam Noor to start carpet business, who later went on to pen the lyrics of the majority greatest songs of the legendary musician.

Sunoh (1996)

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It was the year 1996 when he released his debut album ‘Sunoh’ and collaborated with Mahesh Mathai for the music video ‘O Sanam’ shot in the Pyramids and desert of Egypt. The song took the Indian indie-pop industry by storm and the album stayed on the MTV Asia Charts in the top three slots for 60 weeks and won the Best Pop Male Vocalist at the Screen Awards in 1996 and the 1997 Channel V Viewers’ Choice Award.

Anjaani Raahon Mein (1997)

In 1997, he contributed a single ‘Anjaani Raahon Mein’ to the album Meri Jaan Hindustan that celebrated 50 years of Indian independence.

Sifar (1998)

In 1998, he came up with his second album ‘Sifar’ that received rave reviews for its lyrics, music, and vocals. The album had two music videos both of which was directed by Mahesh Mathai. The first video ‘Dekha Hai Aise Bhi’ is about a traveler who is in search of his home and past and hitchhikes through the Route 66 believing in love and meeting people.

The second video ‘Nahin Rakhta Dil Mein’ is about a circus artist who sings about his experiences, hopes, and aspirations.

Aks (2000)

In 2000, Lucky Ali released his third album ‘Aks’ that like the first two albums became a roaring success. This album had two music videos ‘Kitni Haseen Hai Zindagi’ and ‘Tu Kaun Hai’ directed by Mahesh Mathai.

In the same year, he also entered Bollywood music industry with two songs in ‘Kaho Naa ... Pyaar Hai’.

Also Read: Lucky Ali and His Greatest Bollywood Songs

Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai (2004)

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Lucky Ali released his fourth album ‘Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai’ in 2004. The album was released under the label of T-Series and was noted for its experiment with different styles. The title song ‘Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai’ has a music video and so does ‘Teri Yaad Jab Aati Hai’.

Xsuie (2009)

For the first time in India, an album was available freely on the internet and that was Xsuie. For the first time, Lucky Ali directed the music video for the song titled ‘Dil Gaye Ja’.

Raasta Man (2011)

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Released under the label Lucky Ali Entertainment, ‘Raasta Man’ was the extension of the previous album with some new songs added to the album and the alternate English titles given to previous songs were removed.

Recent songs of Lucky Ali

It`s been nearly seven years the last album of Lucky Ali was released. So, what has the crooner been doing all this while?

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Well, he is busy collaborating with other musicians and performing in live-in-concerts that give him the opportunity to connect with fans and music lovers.

He collaborated with a Bangalore-based hip-hop band named Low Rhyderz for a song ‘Sacrificed’.

He is currently in collaboration with Israeli musician Eliezer Botzer and will soon be launching an album, an Indo-Israel project. He is also a passionate agriculturist and environmentalist and he is also busy with some projects those are close to his heart.

Fresh Box Office team wishes the O Sanam singer a Happy 60th Birthday and we pray that may he delight us with more such songs for a long time to come.

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