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Farhan Saeed
فرحان سعید‬ بٹ
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Born
Farhan Saeed Butt

(1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 39)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma mater National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
Notable work
Udaari
Suno Chanda
Mere Humsafar
Spouse(s) Urwa Hocane (m. 2016)
Musical career
Origin Lahore, Pakistan
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts

Farhan Saeed Butt (born 14 September 1984) better known by his stage name Farhan Saeed is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, actor and entrepreneur. Saeed is the former lead vocalist of the Pakistani band Jal and owns the restaurant Cafe Rock in Lahore. He sings in Urdu and Punjabi. He made his acting debut with the drama De Ijazat Jo Tu (2014).

Saeed had his breakthrough with Udaari, for which he received the Hum Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. He earned wider recognition with his portrayals in Suno Chanda (2018), Suno Chanda 2 (2019) and Mere Humsafar (2022). The former won him Hum Award for Best Actor Popular. Saeed made his film debut with Tich Button (2022).

Early life and career

Farhan Saeed Butt was born into a Punjabi Kashmiri family. Both his parents are practicing doctors. A music fan from the very start, he used to listen to Vital Signs and Junoon and centred his music around pop, and at times folk. In his teens, he took A-level from the Keynesian Institute of Management and Sciences (KIMS) and then enrolled in Computer sciences at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, after which he discovered his future band members Atif Aslam and Goher Mumtaz. The band took off and became famous across Asia.

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. Saeed opened Cafe Rock restaurant at Hussain Chowk, situated off the M. M. Alam Road, Gulberg, Lahore. His restaurant's theme is in a similar vein to that of the Hard Rock Cafes, providing underground bands and young aspiring artists with a platform to project themselves and perform in front of an audience.

Career

Jal the band

Farhan Saeed Jal Photoshoot
Saeed during Jal band days

Saeed first rose to prominence when he joined the Lahore-based pop rock band Jal, at the age of 17, as a vocalist.

Saeed replaced Atif Aslam in 2003, who quit because of musical differences with Jal's founding member Goher Mumtaz.

Solo music career

In September 2011, in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, Saeed shocked the fans claiming that he had left Jal to pursue a solo career despite Goher Mumtaz offering him to continue his solo career while being a part of Jal. On 8 September 2011, Saeed's departure was confirmed by Jal's guitarist Goher Mumtaz who wished him luck for his solo career. He did a collab with Aima Baig, Adnan Qazi and Bilal Saeed for his super hit song "Na cher malangaan nu". His recent song was with Hania Aamir for Asim Jofa that was directed by Qasim Ali Mureed.

He made his Bollywood-singing breakthrough in 2014, by contributing a song to Vikram Bhatt's Creature 3D. 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

Saeed 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 Javaid Sheikh. He then played the lead role as Mohid Shuja in ARY Digital's Mere Ajnabi serv alongside Urwa Hocane who was the female lead. He has also played the lead role of Arsh in the drama Udaari as a lawyer along with female lead Urwa. Apart from acting in the drama, Saeed 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 again in ARY Digital's Teri Chah Mein, alongside Maria Wasti and Saboor Ali, and Hum TV's Sila alongside Ainy Jaffri.

In 2018 he grabbed the leading role of Arsal Jamshed Ali (Arsal) in Hum TV's critically and commercially superhit drama serial Suno Chanda, with Iqra Aziz as the leading female role, and due to the critical success of the show, a season 2 was immediately announced by the producers. He reprised his role as Arsal Jamshed Ali in the second installment of Suno Chanda alongside Iqra Aziz in 2019. The season was also a hit and a critical success.

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 including the box-office hits Karachi Se Lahore and Lahore Se Aagey 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 Hocane under their joint new production company Shooting Star Studio. After some delay, the movie was eventually released in 2022.

As a director

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.

Personal life

Saeed married Urwa Hocane on December 16, 2016, in Lahore, Pakistan. On October 6, 2023, Saeed and Hocane announced their pregnancy through social media.

Discography

Album

Year Title Note
2004 Aadat as member of Jal
2007 Boondh

Songs

Year Song Film/Serial/Show Notes
Kyun Gayi Dil Tenu Karda Ae Pyar Hindi song
2011 Khuwahishon Single
Ik Arzu Single
2012 Pi Jaon co-singer Momina Mustehsan; Nominated – Lux Style Awards for Best Song of the Year
Meethi Yaadein Qasam Se Qasam Se Single
2013 Halka Halka Suroor
De Ijazat Jo Tu De Ijazat Jo Tu
2014 Naam-e-Wafa Creature 3D co-singer Tulsi Kumar
Bhool Na Jaana Main Aur Mr. Riight Single
Roiyaan Lux Style Awards for Best Song of the Year,

Hum Awards for Best Music Single

2015 Sajna Single
Mere Ajnabi Mere Ajnabi Single
2016 Saathiya Single
Ji Jaun Single
Sajna Ve Sajna Udaari co-singer Hadiqa Kiani
Jab Se Miley Tum co-singer Maryam Fatima
Bol Ke Lab co-singer Hadiqa Kiani
Teri Chah Mein Teri Chah Mein
Koi Rokay Na Mujhe Nominated-Hum Award for best music video
2017 Rab Rakha Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Dekh Tera Kya/Latthay Di Chaadar Coke Studio 10
Thodi Der Half Girlfriend co-singer Shreya Ghoshal
2018 Dil Hua Panchi Single
Suno Chanda Suno Chanda
Maula collaboration with Rishi Rich
Musafir Parwaaz Hai Junoon co-singer Zenab Fatimah Sultan
Haari Haari Aangan
2019 Suno Chanda Suno Chanda 2 co-singer Damia Farooq
2020 Baliyay In The Box by Saad Sultan Single
Prem Gali Prem Gali co-singer Nish Asher
2021 Pyaar Sufiyana Ft. Hania Amir For "Asim Jofa"
Na Cher Malangaan Nu co-singer Aima Baig
2022 Khush Bichar Ker Kashmir Beats S2
Naukar Shah Da Kashmir Beats S2 co-singer Shuja Haider
Ehsaan Hai Tumhara Tich Button co-singer Jonita Gandhi
2023 Meri Matti Jhok Sarkar
Kadi Kadi Single

As director

Year Song Singers Company
2018 O Jaana Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Hamza Mallik

Zee Music

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Channel Notes Ref.
2014 De Ijazat Jo Tu Sarmad Hum TV
2015 Mere Ajnabi Mohid Shuja ARY Digital
2016 Udaari Taimoor Arshad "Arsh" Hum TV Nominated – Hum Award for Best Supporting Actor

Won – Hum Award for Best Onscreen Couple along with Urwa Hocane

2016-2017 Sila Taimoor Ahsan Hum TV
2016–2017 Teri Chah Mein Faisal Khan ARY Digital
2017 Pyar Ki Love Story Haadi Telefilm
2018 Suno Chanda Arsalan Jamshed Ali (Arsal) Hum TV Playback singer for title song,

Won-Hum Awards for Best Actor
Won – Hum Award for Best Onscreen Couple (Popular & Jury) along with Iqra Aziz

Iss Dil Ki Essi Ki Tessi Azhar Telefilm
2019 Suno Chanda 2 Arsalan Jamshed Ali (Arsal) Also playback singer for title track
2020–2021 Prem Gali Hamza ARY Digital
2021 Love Vaccine Nadeem Telefilm
Mere Humsafar Hamza Lead role
2022 Badshah Begum Pir Shahzaib Hum TV Lead role
2022-2023 Meri Shehzadi Dr. Hasan Cameo appearance (ep 18 - ep 28)
2023–present Jhok Sarkar Arsalan Lead role

Films

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Punjab Nahi Jaungi Special appearance Cameo
2022 Tich Button Kaka Saab

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Refs
2013 12th Lux Style Awards Best Song of the Year – "Pi Jaun" Nominated
2014 2nd Hum Awards Best Solo Artist – "Kyun Gae" Nominated
2015 14th Lux Style Awards Best Song of the Year – "Roiyaan" Won
2015 3rd Hum Awards Best Music Single – "Roiyaan" Won
2017 5th Hum Awards Best Supporting Actor – Udaari Nominated
2017 5th Hum Awards Best Music Single – "Koi Ruke Mujhay" Nominated
2017 5th Hum Awards Best Onscreen Couple – Udaari (with Urwa Hocane) Won
2018 Zee Cine Awards Best Music Director – Half Girlfriend Nominated
2019 18th Lux Style Awards Best Original Sound Track – Aangan Nominated
2019 7th Hum Awards Best Actor – Suno Chanda Won
2019 7th Hum Awards Best on-screen couple along-with Iqra AzizSuno chanda Won
2021 1st ARY People's Choice Awards Best on-screen couple along with Sohai Ali Abro – Prem Gali Won
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