Tears for father, slap on the thigh for singer Sidhu Moosewala

An emotional Sarfaraz Khan struggled to hold back his tears after his hundredth when he suddenly roared, slapped his thigh and lifted his index finger to the sky. The tears were for his father, the GodFather in his life; the thigh-pump was for the late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala.

It is as if Sarfraz invoked the famous Moosewala number 295, the lyrics of which read as follows: “Bhavein Aukhi Hoyi Ae Crowd Tere Te / Bolde Ne Aivein Saale Loud Tere Te / Par Ik Gall Rakhi Yaad Puttra / Aaha Bapu Tera Bada Aa Proud Tere Te”

The meaning couldn’t fit better with Sarfraz’s life. “Even when the crowd is mad at you / They shout it loudly at you / But one thing your son remember / That your father is very proud of you.” In the song’s video, not long after those lines, Moosewala raises his index finger to the sky. Behind him, on the tractor from which he jumps, are the lines: Thug Life. At his funeral, after he was shot, his father would do the thigh pump celebrations. Days later, in New York’s Times Square, videos of him hit billboards, and his fans gathered for the same celebration.

Far away, at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium, Sarfaraz is said to pay tribute to the singer after hitting a special ton in the Ranji final against Madhya Pradesh. Later he would dedicate the hundred to Sidhu Moosewala. Khan said he’s been listening to Moosewala for the past four years, but it was his last song that brought him closer to the singer.

“His song used to be played during celebrations in our dressing room. He was trending a few years ago and someone was playing his songs. From that moment on I started to like him. However, his last number 295 says: Par ikk gal rakhi meri yaad puttra. Aah baapu tera barha aa proud tere te, this line touched me a lot. This line is my story,” Khan said.

Khan’s father Naushad always dreamed that his son would one day make a big name. His father had arranged for Sarfaraz and his younger brother Musheer to blow it up in the maidens of Mumbai so that they could one day represent the country.

Khan said he had also celebrated that special celebration before. “When I scored 153 in a Ranji Trophy match, I did that too, but the broadcasters didn’t show it. That’s when everyone saw it, so people started dealing with it.” His friend and teammate Hardik Tamore regularly listens to the Moosewala song.

Khan also shared his emotions when he heard that the singer had been shot. “I was completely taken back. I felt an emptiness inside because he was unconsciously part of our lives. Hardik Tamore and I used to play his song in the dressing room and we still do. But the connection has progressed far since his death.”

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