Video of “Will You” from Rebirth by Asad Ahmed.

Asad Ahmed is a Pakistani guitarist. His first stint was forming with heavy metal/rock bank ‘The Barbarians’. He has been a member of the famous pop trio Awaz, and has also played with Junoon, Vital Signs and was a founding member of the rock band Karavan. After the success of his second solo music video release ‘Rebirth’, EMI Pakistan brings you Asad Ahmed’s third music video “Will You”.

EMI Pakistan released Asad Ahmed’s new music video for his song Will You,” which is said to embody the true essence of Asad Ahmed’s music and is the most power packed track of the album “Rebirth,” released last year. The track gives fans an insight into the artist’s experience of performing live in front of thousands of his cheering fans.

Video ofWill You” has been directed by Amaan Ahmed, who has a reputation of telling stories through breath-taking visuals. His video makes the viewer feel as if he is witnessing a live performance and is in the middle of all the action and energy on stage. It also captures moments of Asad’s debut sold out show in Karachi with footages of rehearsals, the live performance and backstage shots.

After a great response received on Asad’s rock instrumental album “Rebirth,” here is what he had to say about his new music video: “‘Will You’ is one of my favorite instrumentals to perform live. It was a no brainer to do a live feel music video for the track, as being high energy and possibly the heaviest track from the album, it deserves nothing less than an energetic performance video. Releasing this track further solidifies my vision for bringing instrumental rock back to mainstream music in Pakistan. Being the first person to attempt this and that too successfully, I consider myself very fortunate and am incredibly grateful to my fans for allowing me to play my music the way it should have been played all along.”

He further added, “After 30 years with EMI Pakistan, from 1988 all the way up to 2018, giving the gift of music to the people of Pakistan and the entire world still manages to put a smile on my face.”

While speaking about the release, Zeeshan Chaudhry, COO of EMI Pakistan, stated, “It gives us great pleasure to release Asad Ahmed’s new music video “Will You.” EMI Pakistan is always exploring newer genres, therefore, when Asad came to us with an instrumental album, we knew it was the perfect time to take the leap from conventional Pakistani music. It is very exciting for us to see the kind of response and support we have received over the release of Asad’s rock instrumental album “Rebirth.” Capturing the real energy of this performance track on stage is no easy job and Aman has tremendously done justice with the video. We, as a record label company, are always looking for undiscovered artists who are serious about their work, love making music and would like to contribute to the music industry.With the release of “Will You” we are calling out those artists and are committed to facilitating them and providing them with the expertise needed in getting ahead.”

Song: “Will You”

Album: Rebirth

Artist: Asad Ahmed

Label: EMI Pakistan

Production: Uncut Studio

Drums: Qaiser Zain Ul Abideen

Bass: Anas Alam Khan

Keyboard: Saad Hayat

Director: Amaan Ahmed

D.O.P: Junaid Mahmood

Assistant Cameramen: Mani & Asad

Assistant Director: Amir Mughal

Editor: Ahmed Bashir & Amber Abbas

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‘Daastan-e-Ishq’, adaptation of Heer Ranjha

The famous love story of Heer Ranjha, originally written by Waris Shah, has this time been adapted and written by Zarqa Naz, and based on the script by Kaifi Azmi, who has renamed the story for enactment as ‘Daastan-e-Ishq’. The play has been flavoured with our traditions and live music and depicts the popular folklore surrounding Heer and Ranjha who meet at a wedding and fall in love at first sight. Love blossoms, but catastrophe strikes in the shape of the evil uncle Qaido, who is determined to thwart their romance.

The play had stellar performance given by the actors, and the tight-knit plot and storyline based on the popular tragic events of Heer Ranjha. Adding to the charm of the play they felt, was its brilliant music and strong narration.

The fabulous performance by the cast Umair Rafiq as Ranjha, Sabiha Zia as Heer, and the antagonist Sameer Hussain as Qaido, narration by Akbar Ladhani as Raavi, executed in collaboration with Green Eye Production, and directed by Zarqa Naz took the audience on a historical journey to the Punjab.

It may be noted that ‘Daastan-e-Ishq’ had been previously performed for the British High Commission in a private show and had received much appreciation and applause, owing to which the organisers decided to offer it commercially for larger audiences and perform the play for public for ten consecutive nights.

The play will be running for public at Arts Council Auditorium, Karachi from 29th July 2018 till 08th July 2018 and tickets are available at Atrium Mall, Arts Council Auditorium and also online.

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Umair Rafiq as Ranjha and Sabiha Zia as Heer performing in a theatrical, Daastan-e-Ishq, happening from 28th June till 8th July at Arts Council,An act packed with emotions by Heer and Ranjha taking the audience back in time

Phir ‘Hua kuch yoon’

“Hua kuch yoon” as we were briefed earlier by team Kopycats is going to be a satirical prelude to ‘Sarhay 14 August Say Pehlay, which was written by legendary Anwar Maqsood and this one ‘Hua kuch yoon’ is written Sajid Hasan and directed by Dawar Mehmood of Kopycats and expectation were quite high.

 

This play “Hua kuch yoon” has a staggering number of characters/actors doing different kind of roles and this number is another history making moment for Pakistani theatre. Play starts with a loud bang with scene set at Jallianwala Bagh during 1919 and surprisingly two survivors of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre are muslim kids which seems pretty strange as Jallianwala Bagh shoot out took place to curb a Sikh gathering. Play goes on till 2003 which is almost 84 years to be exact.

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Raja Mehmood at Allama Iqbal’s press conference during 1932. 

“Hua kuch yoon” written by Sajid Hussain who some really big shoes to fill-in for Kopycats as previously mostly plays had been written by Anwar Maqsood. Sajid Hasan did his job quite nicely to keep the audience wanting for more after every scene. At certain points overdose of humorous dialogues could have been avoided for a better impact. Story can be termed a humorous love story between two love-birds separated by the partition.

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Scene from Annual Debate at Aligarh University during 1932.

As always Dawar Mehmood didn’t disappoint and was spot on with his direction skills and with “Hua kuch yoon” he has set the bar even higher than before, for me this is the best theatre play that I have ever seen. With 180 characters, this play has the highest number of characters/actors which is a record for Pakistani theatre. Handling so many of them is herculean task and was well handled by the director. Dawar Mehmood has been instrumental in reviving theatre by inducing young and fresh people every time has never failed to impress, he has introduced many who are now main-stream actors.

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Dances were a decents addition to Dawar’s doctrine.

As for acting both main leads were excellent with their flawless and perfect acting and they deserve to be fully applauded for their excellent acting skills especially female lead Fareeha Raza (Qurat-ul-Ain Haider) who with a very cute and bubbly face did well throughout the play and didn’t miss a single chance to impress with her beauty and with her talent. Fareeha Raza is the shining star of “Hua kuch yoon”. She is simply a step above others. Saad Farrukh Khan (Raja Mehmood) also fared well with his role and his dialogue deliveries and facial expressions gave an impression of a very seasoned actor performing. Truly impressive.

 

Pakistani movie producers and directors should opt for actors like Fareeha Raza and Saad Farrukh Khan rather than opting for models who have no idea about acting at all. Some other actors were impressive too and sorry missing out their names. Characters played by Khuswant Singh, Raja Sahib, Venkat and Sikh Policeman were impressive too.

Some of best scenes from “Hua kuch yoon” were shoot-out at Jalianwala Bagh at the starting followed by adoption scene at an orphanage where humor could have been avoided to send an even more powerful message, then Allama Iqbal’s resignation speech is rather forgettable, debate at Aligargh University felt perfect, scene at Bombay Bazzar was a bit too dragged, scene at Bombay Railway Station at the time of partition, punjabi language sessions at Sardarji’s home which had the magical words from urdu language ‘bahut bahut nawazish’ was one of the best scenes of the show, Hyde Park scene was pretty okay-ish, jail scene which had Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto wasn’t needed and felt a bit dragged, interview with Indira Ghandi was felt unnecessary & lastly one of best scene of “Hua kuch yoon” was the assassination of Indira Ghandi which was shown very splendidly in context to theatre. IMG_4733

On the concluding note; Dawar has brought another theatrical masterpiece and is something which theatres lovers should not miss-out. “Hua kuch yoon” is a must watch type.

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