Three German Celebrities With Pakistani Roots

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Pakistani German Celebrities

In 2015, around 60.000 people with a Pakistani nationality were living in Germany. No less than Iqbal, national poet and spiritual father of the nation, spent a lot of time in Germany for his studies. The following list shows, that to some extent, Pakistani celebrities or people with a Pakistani background are also represented in media.

Ali As (Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhry)

Roots: Pakistan

Profession: rapper

Ali As songs: Zoom Zoom (2007) , Liebling ich habe das Label geschrumpft (2008)

Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhry was born in 1979 in Munich. His Pakistani father came to Germany in 1961 and his mother in the 1970s. He grew up in a rich area in Munich, where he – according to him in an interview with Deutsche Welle – attended school with only a few foreign kids, but children who were very privileged. He liked to spend his summer holidays back in Pakistan, but admitted, that Germany has a much better educational system as well as better job opportunities and living conditions. One thing he likes about Pakistan is the open and inviting society. Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhry finished school with Abitur ( = highest school leaving certificate in Germany) and started studying dramatics, which he left after one month to start working as an editor for a German talk show.

Ali As started making music at the age of 15 – solo as well as in different bands. In 2008, he released his first studio album called Bombe ( = bomb). In 2016, he released his third album called Euphoria.

Nilam Farooq

Roots: Pakistan, Poland

Profession: actress, influencer

Nilam Farooq movies: Die Briefe meiner Mutter (2014), Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben (2017)

Nilam Farooq was born in 1989 in Berlin. In 2009, she started her youtube channel daaruum ( = a longer version of darum, the German word for that’s why) on which she is talking about beauty, travel and lifestyle topics and which became very successful in the following years. Currently (June 2017), Nilam Farooq, who by now changed her pseudonym into her real name, has more than 1,1 million subscribers on Youtube.

Next to her career as a social influencer, Nilam Farooq is also an actress, who already starred in different German tv series, movies, and tv spots. In the 2014 tv movie Die Briefe meiner Mutter ( = The letters of my mother), Farooq played the daughter of a single mother, who is trying to find her father in Chile.

According to her actor’s agency, Farooq’s mother tongues are German and Polish. Besides that, she is also fluent in English. Nilam Farooq attended a secondary school in Berlin which she left with an Abitur.

Jay Khan

Roots: Pakistan, Great Britain

Profession: singer

Jay Khan songs: Nackt (2011)

Jay Khan was born in 1982 in London. His family moved to Berlin, Germany, when he was four years old. Later on, his mother moved back to Great Britain with two of Jay Khan’s siblings, while Jay Khan stayed with his father in Berlin. He left a French secondary school in Berlin with very good grades and the highest school leaving certificate Abitur and started studying journalism in the UK.

Jay Khan already started his career in the music industry at the age of 16 when he got to know the music producers Mike Michaels and Mark Dollar. His major breakthrough came in 2005 when he became lead singer, producer, and songwriter of the boyband US5, founded by Backstreet Boys discoverer Lou Pearlman. The band completely separated in 2010.

In 2011, Jay Khan took part at one of the most controversial seasons of Ich bin ein Star, holt mich hier raus ( = Im a Celebrity, get me out of here). During this time, he started a relationship with half Indian media personality Indira Weis. Until 2009, he was also in a three years lasting relationship with Germany’s Next Topmodel winner Lena Gercke.

Until 2019 Jay Khan was running the Italian restaurant Padre e Figlio ( = father and son) in Berlin together with his dad.

Featured image (cropped): Jay Khan –  9EkieraM1 – CC BY-SA 3.0
June 7, 2017
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