Dawn news’ Shoaib Qureshi recently conducted an interview with the prince of pop, Ali Zafar, who had came to Pakistani Chowk in Karachi for the shooting of his upcoming video song ‘Jee Dhoondta Hai’ – a song that the singer himself treats as one of his favorite song from the album Jhoom.
Ali Zafar describing ‘Jee Dhoondta Hai’:
“Song is about matters of the heart,” said Ali Zafar. The singer mentioned that its impressive lyrics are penned by Mirza Ghalib and the rendition has been done by many great singers from Pakistan and India. He hoped that people would like his version of expressing the ecstatic poem of Mirza sahib.
Zafar added that the younger generation is not really familiar with Ghazals, so keeping that thing in the mind; he made sure to make the song sound modern by including drums and guitars – so that the younger crowd gets to understand and appreciate the lyrics.
Concept of the video of ‘Jee Dhoondta Hai’:
The video has been directed by Abdullah Haris – a young and upcoming director who is also a part of Shoaib Mansoor’s team. Ali Zafar, praising Haris as a talented director, said that he plays a character who works as a scout for a brothel. The process of him hunting new faces leads him to a girl (Aisha Linnea, who worked in Slackistan – a Pakistani independent movie that made headlines internationally), whom he gets attracted to.
Expressing about his ‘change’ in composing the songs of Jhoom:
With Jee Dhoondta Hai and the album Jhoom, Ali Zafar has established himself as one of the brightest pop-icon of the nation Pakistan. He went towards a sublime change of composing slow-melodious and Sufi tracks.
And with Jhoom, the singer has mentioned that he has learnt a lot about the life; the ups and downs, love, care, and longing – “Jhoom is about that discovery”, said Ali Zafar. The statements from him proved that nothing in this life stays forever, and the songs of Jhoom express how he feels now, which is definitely different from what he used to feel before.
PICTURE COURTESY : SARA SHOAIB & AISHA LINNEA