Farhan Saeed

Farhan Saeed Butt was born on 14 September 1984 and is currently 36 years old. He was born in Lahore, Pakistan. Farhan is a singer-songwriter, actor, director, and entrepreneur. Farhan was the former lead vocalist of the Pakistani band “Jal” and is the owner of the restaurant Cafe Rock in Lahore.

He has sung in Urdu as well as in Punjabi. Since 2014 he also turned towards acting and gained recognition for his role in Hum TV’s serial Udaari (2016) and for his leading role in another Hum TV serial Suno Chanda (2018).

Personal life

Farhan Saeed was born into a Kashmiri family. Both his parents are practicing doctors. Farhan was a music fan from the very start, he used to listen to Vital signs and Junoon and centered his music around pop, and at times folk.

He is married to Pakistani television and film actress Urwa Hoccane. They tied the knot on 16 December 2016. Urwa’s sister Mawra Hoccane is also an actress.

Early Education

Farhan received his early education from Crescent Model Higher Secondary School. In his teens, he took A-levels from Keynesian Institute of Management and Sciences(KIMS) and then enrolled for Computer Sciences at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences after which he discovered his future band members in Atif and Gohar.

Struggle period

The band took off and got famous across entire Asia for their brilliant brand of music. In 2011, reports broke out that he had parted his ways from Jal, which left his fans stunned. He pursued a solo career and became regular to feature in Bollywood.

Other Business

Farhan Saeed opened Cafe Rock restaurant at Hussain Chowk, MM. Alam Road, Gulberg, Lahore. follows the theme/trend of Hard Rock Cafes, providing underground bands and young aspiring artists with a platform to project themselves and perform in front of an audience.

Career

Farhan Saeed joined the Lahore based pop-rock band Jal in 2003, replacing their vocalist Atif Aslam, who quit because of “musical differences” with the band’s founding member, Gohar Mumtaz.

In September 2011, in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, Farhan shocked the fans claiming that he has left Jal to pursue a solo career despite Gohar Mumtaz offering him to continue his solo career while being a part of the band.

On 8 September 2011, Farhan’s departure was confirmed by the band’s Guitarist Gohar Mumtaz who wished him luck for his solo career.

Bollywood

He made his Bollywood-singing breakthrough in 2014, by contributing a song to the film Creature 3D directed by the renowned director Vikram Bhatt. The song, Naam-e-Wafa, is a romantic-duet with Indian vocalist Tulsi Kumar as the co-singer and Mithoon as the composer.

Acting Career

Farhan started his acting career by debuting in a leading role in the 2014 Hum tv drama serial De Ijazat Jo Tu alongside Sohai Ali Abro, Saba Hameed, and Javed Sheikh.

He then played the lead role as Mohid Shuja in ARY’s Mere Ajnabi alongside Urwa Hoccane who was the female lead in that drama. He has also played a lead role of Arsh in the drama Udaari as a lawyer along with female lead Urwa.

Apart from acting in the drama, Farhan has also collaborated with Hadiqa Kiani for the OST that has topped music charts all over Pakistan.

In 2016, he also played the lead role in the drama Teri Chah Mein, alongside Maria Wasti and Saboor Aly. He also acted in Sila alongside Ainy Jaffri.

In 2018 he grabbed the leading role of Arsal Jamshed Ali in the hit drama serial Suno Chanda with Iqra Aziz, as the leading female role, and due to the critical success of the show, season 2 was immediately announced by the producers.

Films

He had the leading role in Karachi Se Lahore 3 with Kubra Khan as co-star, the third installment of Wajahat Rauf’s successful series Karachi Se Lahore and Lahore Se Aagey, and which would have been his feature film debut, but he had to quit the project because of music tours and concerts he was already committed to.

In early 2019 it was announced that he’ll get his first lead role in a movie in Tich Button, a rom-com co-produced by his wife Urwa Hoccane under their joint new production company Shooting Star Studio.

Direction

He turned to direction with the 2018 music video of O Jaana from the singer-songwriter Hamza Malik, starring actress Iqra Aziz and featuring musicians Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sahir Ali Bagga.

Albums

Farhan has released two albums in his music career as a member of the Jal band, Aadat in 2004, and Boondh in 2007.

Songs

Farhan Saeed has sung and composed a number of songs in his long music career, here are the names of some of his hit songs, Kyun Gayi, Khuwahishon, Ik Arzu, Pi Jaon, Meethi Yaadein, Halka Halka Suroor, Naam e Wafa, Bhool Na Jaana, Roiyaan, Sajna, Mere Ajnabi, Saathiya, Jimjaun, Sajna Ve Sajna, Jab se mile tum, Bol Ke Lub, Teri Chah Mein, Koi Role Na Mujhe, Rab Rakha, Dekha Tera kya, Lathey di Chaddar, Thori Der, Dil Hua Panchi, Suno Chanda, Maula, Musafir, Haari Haari, Baliyay, etc. All these songs were sung for different platforms, including Cole Studio, singles, and films.

Awards

Farhan Saeed won the”14th LUX STYLE AWARD” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR – Roiyaan and “3rd HUM AWARD” BEST MUSIC SINGLE for Roiyaan in 2015.

He also won the “5th Hum Award” BEST ONSCREEN COUPLE for Udaari with Urwa Hoccane in 2017.

In 2019 he won “7th HUM AWARDS” Best Actor for Suno Chanda.
He also won “7th Hum Awards” BEST ONSCREEN COUPLE along with Iqra Aziz for Suno Chanda in 2019.

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