One pound fish man’s family prays for Christmas No 1

- Pakistani

A Pakistani inhabitant, Mohammad Shahid Nazir left his wife and four children behind in Pakistan to study business in London. He got a job as a fishmonger in east London’s Queens Market in Upton Park.

On Shahid’s first day working on the fish stall, his boss told him to shout to the customers to get their attention. He told him he cannot shout and then he made up a song that made him very popular across the world. His song urged local women to part with one pound for a single, shining fresh fish.

“Come on ladies, come on ladies, one pound fish,” he croons. “Very, very good one pound fish, very very cheap one pound fish.”

Customers were charmed and after someone filmed a video and uploaded it on YouTube the song went viral. The Warner Music offered Nazir a record deal.

Soon after, a slicker version with Shahid Nazir strutting Bollywood-style went up on December 10, launching the race to top the Christmas charts in Britain.

thumbThe original video has 4.6 million hits, while the professionally produced video has more than two million. Shahid Nazir has also gained nearly 28,000 followers on Twitter.

He belongs to Pattoki, a small town 234 kilometres south of Islamabad. His delighted 67-year-old mother Kalsoom is praying and fasting for Shahid Nazir’s success.

“I appeal to people in Pakistan and abroad to give this song as many hits as possible. I am fasting and saying special prayers for my son so that his song appears as number one.”
via Dawn

Nazir’s family is settled in Pattoki after migrating from India and they run their own business. They told that they have been nicknamed locally as the ‘One Pound Fish’ family and people are gathering to download the song onto USBs and CDs.

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British newspaper ‘The Sunday Times’ reported this month that Shahid Nazir is under investigation by the Home Office over a potential of the terms of his student visa that after completing his studies he would be able to work in Britain.

Shahid Nazeer’s mother Kalsoom told that if Nazir obtains a work visa, he should take his wife and children with him to Britain.

Nazir’s wife Kashifa describes him as a “loving husband and father.” She, along with the rest of the family, hopes that he will soon be back for a visit. She said they never imagined that her husband would become so popular.

Shahid’s wife and children miss him and they want to join him in London to share these happy moments.

The whole family can sing the song, imitating Shahid Nazir.  His three-year-old daughter Sania feels so happy to binding out the lyrics.