I love my father [Adnan Sami] but Pakistan is my home, says Azaan Sami
Azaan Sami has opened up about his relationship with his father.
Adnan Sami has on many occasions stirred up controversy post attaining his Indian citizenship, with inappropriate tweets and unsolicited comments about Pakistan amidst rift between the two countries.
How does that affect the son who chose to stay in Pakistan?
In a recent interview with BBC Asian Network, the artist addressed his father's stance and how it affects him.
"As far as I'm concerned, the reason why I've never really spoken about it before has been because he's my father. I love him, I respect him," said Azaan. "He's made certain decisions of where he wants to live and which country he chooses to call home and I respect that. What I choose to call home is now my choice and I want to work in Pakistan."
He went on to describe his relationship with Adnan Sami, saying, "My father is more of a mentor, somebody with whom I seek advice from about my work. We had a strange topsy turvy relationship, I haven’t spent much time with him and for that reason, our relationship is more of a friend or a mentor."
He added, "I have amazing friends [in India]. I've lived a lot of my life there - my teen years particularly - but Pakistan is my home. I feel like the industry in Pakistan is my family. There's an immense pride for me and hope and ambition, that I could contribute to an industry which I call home."
Azaan Sami also mentioned that people around him don't bring up his father's comments or posts, respecting his relationship.
"Its very interesting how people around me react when stuff like that happens because he's my father so a lot of the time, there's just silence."
He added, "Normally you keep getting messages for different things and there have been days when stuff has happened and it's just been silence. They respect the fact that 'okay he's your father so we don't know what to say.' And they don't know how I'm feeling."
Azaan also credited his mother, Zeba Bakhtiar for the patriotism he has for his country.
“My mother is a very disciplined, true and patriotic woman. Whatever I am today, is because of her,” said Azaan.