Indian pop dominated by Bollywood: Pak band 'Jal'

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Mumbai, Apr 20 (UNI) The Indian pop music industry has been largely influenced by Bollywood and the bands turn out to be filmy, a top Pakistani band ''Jal'' said.

Despite being a huge market, there were no stand alone pop-rock bands with a separate fan base or audience, Aamir Shahzi, a member of the three-member pop band from Lahore, told UNI.

The band was currently in India promoting their latest album ''Boondh'' on a multi-city tour.

Recorded at Digitally Fidelity in Lahore, ''Boondh'' is filled with ''Pak pop music meets Bollywood'' tunes, with an eye firmly set on the Indian charts.

''The response we got in India from our first album in 2005 was quite amazing. We thought, we were unknown, but more than 5,000 people turned up for our first concert in Mumbai,'' Farhan Saeed, the vocalist of the band, said.

''I believe, we have inherited our love for catchy pop from the Punjab region in Pakistan,''Farhan said, adding that their main concern as artists was with the quality of their music.

The band also performed at the recently concluded Gladrags finals.

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