A Karachite in “America’s Got Talent”!?!

“I’m feel real good like real exictement like im dont know whats gonna haappen in my future.” – Kashif

Pakistani-Kashif-Memon.jpg M. Kashif Memon: Has anyone heard or seen this guy? Or was I just the only one who hadn’t. Some term him as Desi Nepolean Dynamite. I heard that he made it to the semifinals of America’s Got Talent by dancing to a bollywood number. He has a support group on facebook as well. The official site posts some of the videos and news articles related to his shows that he has attended.

[America’s Got Talent (Chicago) – Kashif – Round 1]

America’s Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network. It is a talent show that features amateur singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of US$1 million. The show debuted in June 2006 for the summer television season.

In theory or at least what the mind says to me, his dance was a crappy one. Sometimes, it would look abnormal to certain people. Look – how he has come with newly unwrapped milk-white socks with well ironed cotton dress pants and dress shirt with leather shoes to dance in an international competition. More than being hilarious he actually got through some of the rounds. It might be more of a sympathy then actual talent.

But the fact is, he has gone up there not because of his skills. He got some good fame because of his grave determination. Its not just being Pakistani I tend to say that. Even if I was not a Pakistani or a Desi for that matter, it would have given me same impression.

[America’s Got Talent (Las Vegas) – Kashif – Round 2]

I pray that may Allah make things easier for him to understand and show him the right//normal direction to put his determination on.

[America’s Got Talent: Kashif – Round 3 – Semi Finals]

So, Lahoris – (*putting all my eyes, fingers and mind towards Lahoris*) – Do you know any unknown Lahori kid that you have seen in any of those international idols outthere? Well, at least this guy has been there and done that! :)

14 Comments so far

  1. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 1:19 am

    Good pick Opee. Kashif… bravo!


  2. babar (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 6:18 am

    I think he is a crappy copy of Bollywood dancing. The only reason he is making it because they havent seen the real Bollywood dance


  3. Javaid (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:32 am

    I’m glad that he has the guts to actually do a dance like that on stage in front of so many people. But come on…let’s be realistic…..my 8yr cousin can dance better than that. Babar’s right….they haven’t seen what real dancing is….I guess that’s why they were so easily entertained. I still support him though.


  4. Bilal Rashid (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    i am on the facebook group supporting kashif .. they have a few thousand members .. he is a one of a kind 1!


  5. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    I’m not a regular viewer of the show, but if I’m not mistaken from my short-term memory, there’s a guy from Lahore who reached some advanced stage at Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (Mid-east Pakistan Challenge)…


  6. Usman (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

    Cash if?

    It is a strange feeling when having to admire someone from my country who’s only talented is to be accepted as a sympathetic “special talent” performer. But even i cannot help but feel sympathetic when looking in his very determined eyes. If the kids makes it without talent that far, i think it would only give hope to others with that much determination to make it as far as “cash if” (i giggled everytime they put so much emphasis on pronouncing his name as “Cash If” with a Huge exclamation’s point in the middle) ….that gets to says that if you really believe in something you can make it. I wish him all the luck with a little dissatisfaction that he could not prove him self as a true great talent rather he made it this far because of sympathy.

    O If you guys are interested in another American-washed-Pakistani who’s talent is to out wit his challenger check out…

    http://www.myspace.com/pak_attack

    ..He sure gave me a laugh with side effects of insecurities of being a Pakistani, but its all in the name of humor and some sleazy comedy.


  7. Usman (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

    Cash if?

    It is a strange feeling when having to admire someone from my country who’s only talented is to be accepted as a sympathetic “special talent” performer. But even i cannot help but feel sympathetic when looking in his very determined eyes. If the kids makes it without talent that far, i think it would only give hope to others with that much determination to make it as far as “cash if” (i giggled everytime they put so much emphasis on pronouncing his name as “Cash If” with a Huge exclamation’s point in the middle) ….that gets to says that if you really believe in something you can make it. I wish him all the luck with a little dissatisfaction that he could not prove him self as a true great talent rather he made it this far because of sympathy.

    O If you guys are interested in another American-washed-Pakistani who’s talent is to out wit his challenger check out…

    http://www.myspace.com/pak_attack

    ..He sure gave me a laugh with side effects of feeling insecure being a Pakistani, but its all in the name of humor and some sleazy comedy.


  8. hareem seher (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

    he is pretty talented n musst bacha,the way he dance…i enjoyed it!he wud certainly get fame later in life.


  9. Watever (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    Wait a minute!Is he the next sanjaya malakar.If yes then leave this show and try something else.


  10. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 28th, 2007 @ 4:14 am

    U mean any known mirassi from lahore too??


  11. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 28th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    :|


  12. black zero (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 1:15 am

    yara ye tu kuch b nai hai…!!!
    humaray pass wo wo cheez hai jo america k lye talent ban jae.
    dancing mein copy rights hotay tu PAKI he baadnaam hotay…


  13. Adnan (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    I think it takes a lot of gutts to do what this guy did. Even though he was crap as hell. I saw this video on You Tube while I was following Brittain’s Got Talent, the american version’s predecessor and much better too.

    It was still nice of you to blog about this guy because definitely its a good uplifting story.

    Take a look at my blog at http://thedostishow.blogspot.com. I used to do an online radio show, hence the name of the blog. Looking forward to your feedback.

    All the best,

    Adnan


  14. Opee (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

    Hi Adnan, welcome here. Thanks for providing your opinion upon my post. Yes, the guy needed some praise, which I’ve tried a least to do. I hope he flourishes more with his Sandwich Shop work in NY and also take some professional classes to polish his love for dance!

    Thanks again for dropping by.



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