By Shershah Ahmed: ‘Lahore Sey Aagey’ is the sequel to the highly successful film ‘Karachi Se Lahore’. It revolves around a man named Moti, his journey to the Northern Areas, his interaction with a female rock star Saba Qamar, and everything that they experience together. Apart from Yasir Hussain who plays Moti and Saba Qamar who plays the female lead, the film includes prominent actors such as Atiqa Odho Behroze Sabzwari, Rubina Ashraf, Shiraz Uppal, Abdullah Farhatullah, and others.
Directed by Wajahat Rauf under ARY Films, the movie releases on 11 November 2016, and it is shaping up to be a surefire hit and will definitely feature packed cinemas around the country! The soundtrack itself is a great companion to the film, and the various tracks lend a hand in establishing and emphasizing the tone of the movie. The tracks in question are five in number, consisting of ‘Kalabaz Dil’, ‘Tere Bina’, ‘Ehl e Dil’, ‘Be Fikriyan’ and ‘Zara Si Laga Lo’.’
Starting off with ‘Kalabaz Dil’, we have a very lively and upbeat track with bhangra roots and a driving beat. It is quite certain that this will be a staple song during the wedding season to dance along to. Typical of a sub-continent hit movie song, the upbeat feel is further enhanced by dhol and a syncopated beat, along with a catchy chorus. Various traditional musical instruments native to Pakistan make an appearance, and none of them seem out of place along with the catchy chant-laden choruses.
Up next we have ‘Tere Bina’, which starts off with an extremely beautiful wind instrument, and then skyrockets into a driving catchy chorus. The song’s major plus point is that it is catchy, even to someone who may not be into this genre as much as the average Pakistani music fan. Production and composing has come a long way, and it is great to see Pakistani movies with soundtracks that are well produced and performed.
‘Ehl e Dil’ is a very interesting track to say the least. Starting off with a perfect drum and bass guitar duet, it immediately propels the listener into the song. Bass guitar undertones, which follow the drums and the vocals especially, keep the rock feel alive. The chorus itself is an extremely catchy number, and it is an incredibly powerful pop rock track that is sure to get your foot tapping.
Moving along, the next track on the soundtrack is ‘Be Fikriyan’. This one is a more mellow track than ‘Ehl e Dil’, that’s for sure, but that is not a bad thing at all. The mellow vibe to this particular track gives a more emotional and melancholy feeling to the proceedings. One can easily envision this song placed over a montage of imagery, or a companion song to a character journey, and it would fit right in. Even though the song is more laid back, it has a share of upbeat moments, particularly the chorus.
Closing out the soundtrack to ‘Lahore Se Aagay’ soundtrack, we come to ‘Zara Si Laga Lo’. This one is sung by Shiraz Uppal, the same as ‘Kalabaz Dil’. It holds an abundance of electronically influenced sounds, which give this track a desi EDM feeling which is always fun to listen to. The vocals are on point as always, and the chorus is as catchy as anything else on this album which is a great thing to be consistent with.
In conclusion, the soundtrack to ‘Lahore Se Aagay’ is a very strong companion to what is shaping up to be a very popular upcoming movie. If the review to this album had to be summed up in one word, that word would definitely be CATCHY.