Dubai resident, Adil Taj from Pakistan has become an internet sensation overnight. On September 20, his video singing the Indian national anthem went viral.
The 29-year-old was among the thousands of cricket enthusiasts who attended the Pakistan versus India, Asia Cup match that took place on September 19 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Taj first posted the video through a video-sharing app named Tik Tok.
Bollywood inspired him to learn the song
Taj told: “I am a big Bollywood fan. I heard the Indian national anthem in the Hindi movie, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. One of the scenes about the anthem was so emotional, it gave me goosebumps. From then onwards, I tried to learn the anthem when it was sung before any cricket match that India was playing.”
Finally, four years ago, it was Taj’s niece who taught him the song. He said: “My brother’s daughter goes to an Indian school in Dubai where she has learnt the anthem. I asked her to teach me. She was the one who taught me the song.”
Taj, who has won many hearts on social media for the video said: “During the match, the Pakistan national anthem was sung first, all Indians who were in the stadium stood up and paid due respect. This touched me and I thought I should join them in singing their anthem.”
I am inspired by our Prime Minister Imran Khan, who said: ‘If they take one step towards us, we will take two.’ To me, Indians at the stadium standing up for the Pakistan anthem was that one step.”
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He said that he saw Indians respecting the Pakistani national anthem, so he decided to pay back the respect by singing the India national anthem. He said that he recited the anthem as a gesture of peace. “I learnt the wordings of the anthem from a Bollywood movie ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’”, said Adil Taj. Adil has received huge appreciation from citizens of both the countries for the same.>