Atif will be up against Ankit Tiwari – Tu Hai Ke Nahi (Roy), Arijit Singh – Gerua (Dilwale), Arijit Singh – Sooraj Dooba (Roy) and Papon – Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha).
The soul-stirring singer is famous across the border. He has been nominated in the the same category three times earlier.
His first nomination was for his song Woh Lamhe (Zeher) in 2006, but lost to Himesh Reshammiya for Aashiq Banaya.
He was nominated again the year after for hit Tere Bin (Bas Ek Pal), but could not take over Shaan and Kailash Kher for their song Chand Sifarish.
The third nomination came in 2010 for Tu Jaane Na in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, but once again Atif lost — this time to Mohit Chauhan for song Masakali (Delhi 6).
The only other Pakistanis to have brought the famous award home so far are Fawad Khan, who won Best Male Debut Award for film Khoobsurat in 2015, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who won Best Playback Singer (Male) for song Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji from film Ishqiya in 2011.
We wish the actor good luck and hope that he wins the prestigious award this year.