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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nation Awakes (2013) - Concept Look of Pakistan's 1st SuperHero Movie


Director :  Umair Nasir Ali & Aamir Sajjad

Genre :     Superhero Science Fiction

                     Nation Awakes 1st Look revealing in August 2012

Studio:  Aamir Sajjad Ventures

Music Director: Sahir Ali Bagga

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Shehzad Rafique introducing a new face in his ISHQ KHUDA

In 1998 Shehzad Rafique introduced Ahsan Khan in Nikkah

In 2004 Shehzad Rafique introduced Ahmed Butt & Sajid Hasan in Salakhain

In 2007 Shehzad Rafique introduced Adnan Khan & Maria Khan in Mohabbatan Sachiyan

And now in 2012 Shehzad Rafique introducing Wiam Dahmani in Ishq Khuda

About  Wiam Dahmani :

Wiam Dahmani lives in Abu Dhabi and has an Emirati mother, a Moroccan father and four siblings.
She has released an Arabic music video, titled Ahlan Wa Sahlan ('Welcome') and also presented a show on Zee Aflam.
She also featured in Pakistani Music Band Surroor’s music video “Sajna Ve”

Music at its best in 'Ishq Khuda': Shazia Manzoor

Pakistani veteran singer Shazia Manzoor talks to Daily Times about her current projects, her music experience with upcoming movie 'Ishq Khuda', and how Pakistani artists should actively work in their home country more.

Q. Tell us a little about the music of 'Ishq Khuda'.
A. As the title suggests, most tracks have a Sufi element to them. Most importantly, the songs are not just classical and commercial but situational as well. You see, a good script makes room for good situational songs. That's what the film's music is about. The songs are composed by Wajahat Attre and the lyrics are penned by Riazur Rehman Saghar.

Q. Why did you take a 12-year gap from music?
A. It was just the circumstances. Hardly any good movies were being released, plus I was busy with my own music albums, 'Ishq Sona', 'Tu Badal Gaya' and 'Balle Balle', all which were released internationally. That took up most of my time. But, nevertheless, I'm happy now with my current music projects, especially lending my voice for 'Ishq Khuda' music.

Q. What genre of music are you most comfortable in?
A. Playback singing is something in which you can't be picky and choosy about genres. Had that been the case, for romantic songs we would have had other singers, for fast tracks, there would have been others. You have just got to be versatile and seasoned in your attitude towards music.

Q. Tell us about your inspirations and musicians you look up to.
A. Oh many! From Whitney Houston to Lata Mangeshkar. From Mariah Carey to Mehdi Hassan. From Noor Jehan to Mehnaz Begum. I'm just crazy about music. Mehnaz had the most beautiful voice I had ever heard. There has never been anyone like her.

Q. Would you collaborate with foreign artists if given a choice?
A. Why not? I have, in fact, worked with Kailash Kher, Sukhshinder Shinda and Balli Jabpal in the recent past. It's always a joy working with foreign artists. A true artist loves experimenting. I'm also working with an American singer 'Doll' on an album.

Q. Did you compose any songs for 'Ishq Khuda' other than singing for it?
A. Actually no. The songs themselves were so well-written and amazingly composed, I was more than honoured to just lend my voice. You see I've worked with Shehzad Rafique in his last projects as well, so I know how beautifully composed music his films offer.

Q. In that case, which is your favourite song of 'Ishq Khuda'?
A. I have two favourites. 'Din Langda Nahin' and 'Pul Pul Janda'. People would just fall in love with these songs. The background score of 'Ishq Khuda' itself is just mind-blowing. You can say music is at its best in 'Ishq Khuda', with stupendous picturisation.

Q. What's next for you?
A. As I mentioned earlier, I'm collaborating with an American singer on an album. I'm really looking forward to that as it's going to be something exclusive, I just know. Also, I'm working on the music of a new drama serial 'Annie Ki Aaegi Baraat'. It's music album would be launched by the name of 'Baraati Song'. Next up is my world tour starting from June this year. I'm really excited for all this.

Q. We wish you all the best for that. Please tell us what's music for you?
A. Thank you. Well, for me, music is something that I cherish and hold dear more than life itself. I can't live without it.

Q. Comment a little on the current music scenario of Pakistan.
A. Pakistani artists are making some tremendous and beautiful music. However, the sad thing is that most of them are working anywhere but here. No doubt they are international artists now; Ali Zafar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Annie to name a few. But why not work actively in Pakistan? There seems to be hardly any music situation here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ishq Khuda may bring Lollywood back to life

LAHORE:If there’s one person who can change the positioning of Lollywood and give the industry a new appeal, it has to be film-maker Shehzad Rafique. With hits like Mohabbatan Sachiyan and Salakhain on his directorial resume, Rafique is set to return with his much-awaited comeback film Ishq Khuda, which is scheduled for a global release this Eid.
Star-studded cast
With film stars like Shaan and industry legends like Syed Noor as his biggest supporters, the film-maker’s latest venture has once again roped in a multitude of artists and musical personalities. Ishq Khudastars actors Ahsan Khan and Meera in the leading roles and features guest appearances from Shaan and Saima.
For Rafique, putting a star-studded cast was easy since actors like Khan, who are well-aware of the film-maker’s talents, needed little persuasion. Khan, who is popular for his acting on television serials, had previously turned his back on the film industry but changed his mind when Rafique offered him this opportunity. “I don’t normally act in films but there are very few people who can match the work done by Rafique,” said Khan.
Intriguing plot and theme
Written by Saleem Zuberi and Pervaiz Kaleem, the film is based on a love triangle between Khan, Meera and another actor yet to be revealed. Centred on the theme of Sufism, Khan explains that the film intends to show that when a person fails in the pursuit of worldly endeavours and passions, they start to question their reason for existence and start to struggle for a higher love.
Regarding the plot and cast, Rafique said, “It is based on the idea of Ishq Majazi (temporal love) and Ishq Haqeeqi (eternal love). I have always chosen the cast according to the requirements of the role. I think the chemistry between Ahsan and Meera will be exceptional.”
Acting debut
Moroccan artist Wiam Dahmani, who is popular in the Middle East, will be marking her acting debut with Ishq Khuda. Talking to the Pakistani media, Dahmani said, “I feel great to be in Pakistan. When the director approached me for the role, I immediately said yes.” Rafique said that the reason for his choice was that the debutant will add freshness to the silver screen and will open the gateway for other international artists to feature in Lollywood films.
Filming in Swat
Ishq Khuda is extensively shot in the war-torn and flood-affected region of Swat. Rafique, who had just returned from a shoot in Swat, also thanked the Pakistan Army and the people of Swat for their support during the filming process.
“As a director, I wanted to capture the beauty of the region through the camera. Pakistan is a unique and beautiful place and its people are tolerant and accepting of different ethnicities and religions,” said Rafique. “I think the education of Sufi concepts is important as it promotes tolerance and inter-faith harmony.”
Musically, the film will follow the footsteps of Mohabbatan Sachiyan, which featured an array of acclaimed musicians and artists. Leading playback singer Shazia Manzoor, who had officially left the film industry 12 years ago after the decline of Urdu films and the increasingly lyrical vulgarity that accompanied Punjabi films, has agreed to lend her melodic voice to Ishq Khuda’s soundtrack.
Regarding the decline of the film industry and its impact on the music industry, Manzoor said, “While singers can go to India to record albums, the technicians and musicians cannot and those are the people who suffer in the long run. Therefore, quality films with great music are important for their survival.”
The film’s music has been composed by Wajahat Attray and lyrics have been penned by Riazur Rehman Saghar. Besides Manzoor, the soundtrack will also feature Sanam Marvi, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and several other major artists.

Akhbar-e-Jehan Magazine (April 09 to April 15, 2012) - Planet Lollywood

Sunday, April 8, 2012