[ZGH postponed till the 30th of November]
Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Kab se intezaar aur kitna intezaar!! Seems like its been forever since we’ve been hearing about this one. Seeing shooting pictures, losing patience while they kept announcing different air dates, and then of course the launch show that was supposed to be on Sunday, but then never happened, and then finally yesterday we heard about the Jago Pakistan Jago launch show…
Having been burnt so many times, I didn’t know what to believe, but for once the FB pages did get it right, and yes!! the launch show happened AND Fawad Khan showed up — Zindagi Gulzar Hai indeed!!
This launch show was indeed worth the wait … for once the host, Fahad Mustafa, was able to contain his enthusiasm long enough to let others speak – and we actually heard Fawad speak more than three sentences….
Along with a rakish Fawad, there were Sanam Saeed (what was up with that chalky powder on her face?), Samina Peerzada, Momina Duraid, Sultana Siddiqui, Javed Shaikh, Mehreen Raheal, Ayesha Omar, Hina Bayat, and Hadiqa Kiyani, all of whom spoke very eloquently about their respective roles in the project. Poor Ali Zafar, though, was the only exception – he had been woken up just for the call-in, and the poor guy sounded more than half dead. Oh and a huge surprise – Umera Ahmed called in!
The male version of the OST was premiered on the show. Written, composed and sung by Ali Zafar, it sounded a lot more upbeat than the female version by Hadiqa Kiyani. The reason for the two OSTs and their completely different styles was explained by the director as being deliberate, in order to highlight the different personalities of the protagonists.
The one huge thing – there are quite a lot of changes from the original, but I would appreciate it, if we tried not to compare the novel with the drama – lets enjoy each on its own merit. There were a lot more clips from the serial. I do wonder though if we haven’t been shown a lot already, so many of the new twists in the story seem to be revealed now…
Some fun things that came up/struck me during this show: a) Samina Peerzada requesting HUM TV to carry a disclaimer about smoking and Fawad’s visible squirming; b) Apparently the rumors had indeed been true – Fawad had been asked to do the OST, he backed out and Ali Zafar was later invited to do the OST; c) Seems like Sania Maskatiya has signed some kind of a deal with HUM TV; Momina Duraid and Samina Peerzada were both wearing her stuff.
After having seen the clips, all I can say that seems like it is indeed worth the hype. With a stellar director like Sultan Siddiqui heading the project, a talent like Shehzad Kashmiri behind the camera, and the support of technical facilities of MD Productions, I think we are in for a treat.
Below are some pictuers from the launch show and the two videos for the OSTs: the complete Hadiqa Kiyani version and a clip of the Ali Zafar one.
OST – Hadiqa Kiyani
OST- Ali Zafar
Written by SZ