Three crooners tried together. The voices, individually, were competent enough, but, the message didn’t come through! The super-ditty of 1997, the vision, the message, ringing through the glistening echo halls of the iconosphere of the Coke Studios, fell short of expectations, with a big crash, on the opening night of the re-done all-time hit, even with three well-known singers, Salman Ahmed, Ali Noor and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Who could have thought to slot in Rahat in place of the top rock star of Pakistan, Ali Azmat? I mean, who had this brilliant spark from Kingdom come? Did it slip through the wire?
Now, look, I am not saying it’s clobbered. But, be honest with yourselves and admit that this song’s version has to be an apologetic cover, since there are very few rock voices in this country. In fact, I believe Salman and Ali, together, could have managed Sayonee much better. Ali Noor is a rock star and he has the voice to supplement the tune. But, Rahat Fateh Ali? He is known for his superstar rendition of film songs, ghazals, geets, and qawwalis. Pop and rock are totally different cookies. That’s where they stumbled. It needed a voice of aggressive appeal, since aside from its prayer, the song has a complaint, too.
Yes, the saptak, the rip-roaring elevation, the crescendo that Ali Azmat achieved in this stunning number is needed to carry the vision and message. How can that be achieved by an educated voice from the semi-classical genre? It needs abandon and that cauldron steam.
Without Ali Azmat, the ditty just turned into Sayyoni Mera Mahi!
Who do you think is the top integer amongst the heroes on television? As an actor, that is. Probably, Naumaan Ijaz, Humayun Saeed and Adnan Siddiqui are there, too. But, after Shabbir Jan left the small screen in the lurch, it’s Noman Ejaz who has given a lot of variety.
But, then who is coming up amongst the younger lot? Fawad Khan isn’t doing many serials. In fact, not one. There is Adnan Malik. Once again, no new commitments. Even Meekal is doing very few serials. Yes, there’s that singer-hero chappie, Junaid Khan, but, no cigar.
Okay, so this leaves us the new sensation, Zahid Ahmed unless you want to count Shehzad Sheikh, who is doing a so-so job in Alif Allah Aur Insan.
Zahid is superb in Daldal. His last serial Jaanam wasn’t very impressive; he seemed pre-occupied to me. But, in Daldal, he looks focused – his body language is great. And his eyes never faulter.
Zahid Ahmed was discovered by Anwar Maqsood in his theatre offerings, Sawa Chaudah August, and Poney Chaudah August, where he played Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Then, he acted in TV serial Mehram. But, the one that catapulted him to stardom was Zara Yaad Kar. Now, as I said, Daldal is probably the best of his work up till now.
That mobile ad faulters at every step;
not only its script needs vital changes, it’s actions seem unfit for a high-profile, foreign shot publicity. Mahira looks pretty alongside other foreigners in this hard ‘cell’, but visuals aren’t everything. The wordings do matter. In most cases (since I have been in ad trade) the client is adamant on a certain word, symbol or visual that just has to be retained.
But, for crying out loud, why did Mahira have to jump? As if she was skipping the ropes at the annual schools championships!
That looks very odd in this kind of ad, where they have sell a mobile, not a fabric.
But the most annoying sentence in the whole ad is when Mahira, while praising the cell, says “No, it doesn’t”. And after denying those qualities in the mobile phone, turns around and says, “It has much more qualities!”
But isn’t that incorrect English construction? It should have been, “Not only that, It has many more qualities.”
With this faulty copy, the ad will go down as the wrong number!
Kamaal cheez hai yeh Meera bhee!
If her quotes were propellers, she would touch 75,000 feet in a matter of minutes!
And as for the matters of heart, she is no prolific naysayer – “I receive thousands of offers for marriage,” she recently said. “But, I intend to marry the same day that Imran Khan Niazi is elected PM Pakistan!”
Ab batao! Is there a connection between the two issues?
But, the moment this brilliant statement leaves her tongue, it’s old hat for her. A new quote is ready to take its place. Even before anybody starts to think about that pearl, Meera has announced her new beau in tow.
On that, some other time. For the moment here’s another news out of the oven.
“Film actress Laila can cry herself hoarse.” Meera uttered in her typical rocking voice. “She can’t realise her dream of becoming my bhabi!”
And now that you’ve heard it, you may be wondering where’s that coming from? The Clarion Call? Or the Timbuktu Express? Oh well, you can, at least, say it’s not one of your hohum(!) news.
Without any preface or an epilogue, Meera uttered that statement like a summing up of some previous episode.
She probably meant that actress Laila was gunning for one of Meera’s brothers and she doesn’t approve of that. Or maybe the whole family is against this marriage.
“Everybody hankers for the moon, but nobody can have the moon!” Meera shoots another one. “I advise Laila to get married soon, or she’ll get old waiting for this wish to flower into reality.”
Now that we are through this scintillating episode, let’s see how Laila responds to it. Until then, wait for another headline news from the House of Meera!
Day and night, we are drummed with a fusillade of desk manufactured analysis that our fashion shows have attained a hither to unmatched class. But, just great designs don’t make a fashion industry.
What about the fashion models? They are the ones, who carry the clothes. How many of them are classy models?
Aah! When we were growing up in the late ’60s and early ’70s, we had gorgeous ladies and gents on the horizon. During our secondary school days, we had a great crush on women like Rukhshanda Khattak and Tammy. Later on, classy babes like Sonia Mehnaz, Zoya and Tanya Shafi kept us rivetted to the ramp.
And then came that splendid lady known to the fashion world as Nadia Hussain. Tall, graceful and devi-like, Nadia is still going strong. After that, there is Cybil Chaudhry, there is Sunita Marshall and a few others.
If I remember rightly, among the males, even Shakeel and Anwar Maqsood used to model for fabrics during the 1970s. Of course, there are a couple of good boys on the tarmac, these days. But carrying the clothing line and keeping a nice expression is a great craft. Not many are blessed with that. In fact, quite a few models are blank slates.
So, the fashion parade will only excel, when models too, are as classy as the designs!