There was a time when Pakistani dramas were known for their
strong scripts and powerful acting while the background score
was just complementary. But, now the soundtracks have become
an important part of drama serials. This week Instep brings
you some of the best soundtracks from recent Pakistani drama
Yeh Junoon' – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Kaisa Yeh Junoon OST
Directed by Raana Sheikh and written by Haseena Moin,
Kaisa Yeh Junoon has been on air since July. The serial
is based on the by now everyday subject of terrorism.
It is one of the few drama serials that released a soundtrack
- and became an instant hit.
The music is composed by Waqar Ali, who is credited with
nearly every other television serial in Pakistan, and
is beautifully sung by the much acclaimed Rahat Fateh
Ali Khan. There is no question about Rahat's talent when
it comes to singing. 'Kaisa Yeh Junoon' is a very melodious
track with the lyrics that go well with the theme of the
serial. As the serial's main lead, played by Azfar Rehman,
is a confused guy who is talked into extremist jihad because
his religious roots are not so firm, the song truly captures
his perplexed emotions. 'Kahi daira bana hai/ Kahi aakhri
sira hai/ Mahi bol bol haari/ Koi hai jo sunn rahaa hai/
Yeh koi jane na/ Keh dil manay na/ Bikhar jaye na/ Kaisa
ye junoon, kahi mile na sukhoon, dekho kahi bhi qaraar
And of course with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan behind the microphone,
the song just gets better.
– Naseebo Lal and Zafar Ali Khan
Rani didn't just bring Angeline Malik back to the director's
seat after Lahasil but also brought in Shahi to a drama
serial's soundtrack. Rani's claim to fame will definitely
be its soundtrack, infused with Saraiki folk, as Rani
is based in a rural setting.. Though there are three songs
in the serial that are definitely worth downloading, but
'Ambi Haeth Mehrman' is our choice for this week. Naseebo
Lal and Ustad Zafar Ali Khan, whom Shahi terms as his
guru, have sung the song. Zafar Ali Khan is a trained
classical singer from the Gawalior gharana and has also
sung another track for the serial, 'Dil Tangay'. On the
other hand, Naseebo Lal is a household, even for those
who have little knowledge of Pakistani music.
With these singers, 'Ambi Heath Mehrman' gets its due
share of powerful vocals and expressive arrangements.
The song transports you into the life of a rural woman
who struggles to make her way in a male dominated society.
Whatever the story is behind the song, one can't help
but admire Shahi's work and hope that he brings more of
such melodies to our iPods.
'Payal' – Jal
'Payal' was released in 2007 before Jal launched their album
Boondh - A Drop of Jal. The song was released on the Internet
and was well received. But without a video, the song faded away
with time. Now two years after its release, 'Payal' features
on the soundtrack of Doraha, a play by Mehreen Jabbar and written
by Umera Ahmed.
The play wasn't accompanied with the usual star studded launch,
but because of Mehreen Jabbar's direction and a cast that includes
Humayun Saeed, Sonia Rehman, Adnan Siddiqi, Badar Khalil and
Sanam Baloch, it has become very popular. It's a family drama
based on the problems of a rich and educated woman who marries
into a lower middle class out of love.
It seems that the subject chosen for Doraha has been touched
upon a lot of times in the past but the way it has been rendered
in the play instills life in it. 'Payal', on the other hand,
is one of the biggest highlights of the play and is becoming
rather popular. After all, who can ignore its beautiful lyrics
emoting heartaches with the use of phrases like 'Kaanch ke the
sare vaade/ Rishtey ya kachche the dhaage/ Dil ke taaron ko
chhed kar/ Tum kahaan chal diye…'
– Ali Noor
Pakistani plays that focus on life in the Armed Forces
are always a hit. From Sunehre Din to Alpha Bravo Charlie,
these plays have an allure of their own. Sherdil, yet
another play, was based on the Pakistan Air Force with
Aijaz Aslam, Shahood Alvi and Juggan Kazim in the main
Directed by Haseeb Hasan and written by Amjad Islam Amjad,
Sherdil's soundtrack was done by Waqar Ali. He roped in
the talented and the very enthusiastic Ali Noor for the
vocals and guess what… the combination proved to
be a firestarter. Of course, when you have a song based
on men in uniform it has to be energetic, which 'Sherdil'
is as well. The song is also rather addictive - and its
patriotic lyrics can turn 'Sherdil' into yet another nationalistic
anthem. 'Shaheen ki parvaz hai/ Mat rokna toofan na kabhi
tham sakay/ Dil kahay mil kar hum awaz/ Duniya duniya/
Apna jeena/ Pak watan pe/ Apna marna/ Asmaanon ko choo
ke ana hai/ Kamyabi ko paas lana hai/ Sherdil… Sherdil'.
– Fatima Zakir