By Khaya Ahmed:Come New Year’s Day, the people of Pakistan will get to witness a story about friendship, struggle, rebellion, music, and the trials of growing up. Written and directed by Asim Raza, the film was primarily shot in Karachi as well as some parts of Northern Pakistan. The film marks the director’s personal journey as well as the struggles he faced in order to realize his dreams and ambition. It centers around three characters played by Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar, and Adeel Hussain along with veterans in the movie industry such as Bushra Ansari, Nimra Bucha, Arshad Mahmud, and Jamal Shah.
Though the musical itself follows the journey of three young aspiring performers, at its heart; the story is about friendship born out of shared life experiences and a burning passion for music. It is a reflection of the way our youth spend their life, preaching about freedom only to conform to the norms presented. Ho Mann Jahaan is anything but a simple story with messages reaching out to not only the younger, but the older generation as well. If the accompanying trailer and soundtrack is any indication, then this movie will certainly live up to the hype surrounding it.
A movie is only as strong as its music however, that doesn’t pose a problem for Ho Mann Jahaan. The critically acclaimed soundtrack was released digitally on the first of November and has brought together renowned Pakistani artists including Atif Aslam, Tina Sani, Zoheb Hassan, Gumby, Mai Dhai, as well as a variety of other names in industry. What sets this soundtrack apart from the rest is that it doesn’t conform to a single genre but in fact, displays a multitude of them; each different in their own way yet at the same time they bridge the gap between old and new.
Zeb Bangash continues to charm us with her pure, underrated voice with Mann Ke Jahaan, an ode to modern pop music with a playful rhythm and a beautiful melody showcasing the collaborative effort with indie icons like Jimmy Khan and Danish Khwaja. Her other track, Dil Pagla is an optimistic, uplifting number while her duet with Zoheb Hasan called Dosti, is a unique cover of the original song by Nazia and Zoheb Hasan. Tina Sani’s voice has the power to enchant her listeners and with her contribution to the track, Khush Piya Waseen, she has infused new life into her soulful rendition of Malika Pukhraj’s song.
Qawwali giants, Abu Muhammad and Farid Ayaz have taken this classical genre and presented it in a more modern way with Ghar Nahi, a hypnotic and powerful track that will make an impact the moment you listen to it. Shakar Wandaan transitions from qawwali to a festive number, while Atif Aslam’s Dil Kare has potential to become an anthem. Another surprising number on the soundtrack is Sarak Sarak, an indie track written and composed by Mai Dhai, Zain Ali and Danish Khawaja, which will have you on your feet with its playful tune. Rounding off the album is Jimmy Khan’s Barish, a song that displays not only Jimmy’s musical ability as a singer but also as a composer.
At the end of it all; this album is a love letter to music. The artists manage to infuse their listeners with a sense of longing and nostalgia, taking them on a journey just like the main characters of the film. The album is a celebration of life, love, and most importantly; music. The soundtrack is available to download on Taazi.com.