Pakistani Drama Soundtracks Have Alwyas Hit It Out Of the Park, But These 4 Are Making It Big
1. Ankhain & Tooti Phuti – Kabli Pulao
Ankhain is the soundtrack that had audiences invested even before the first episode of Kabli Pulao aired on our TV Screens. Composed by Sahir Ali Bagga, written by Imran Raza, Ankhain is sung by none otherr than the maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Ankhain is a poetic tribute to romance and the eyes as a window to the soul of a person. Much has been written and sung on Ankhain over time, their ability to speak without using any words, to express multiple emotions, to reveal, communicate and even weave magic, make others fall hopelessly in love … but this soundtrack has a beat all its own!
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali’s hypnotic vocals tease, taking us along on a romantic journey of poetic love.
The composition is held together by lilting instrumentalization, a thumping tabla beat and accompanying fusion of instruments to evoke an elevated, uplifting mood to the song.
Ankhain stands strong on its own. It became a fan favourite even before the story went on air. That’s how powerful are the composition, vocals and lyrics that they come together to treat listeners to a musical experience – one that’s there to stay on our playlist much after the equally powerful story of Barbeena & Haji Mushtaq reaches its final closure.
Kuch Tooti Phuti Si
Sung by Sami Khan and Nimra Rafiq, Tooti Phuti is written & composed by Sami Khan.
If Ankhein was the soundtrack we fell in love with at first listen, Kuch Tooti Phuti Si surprised listeners on a whole new level. The lyrics are heart-stopping, moving one to revisit them again and agin and yet again. The soundtrack itself is composed with a dual narrative, starting with Sami Khan’s vocals “Kuch Tuti Phuti Si, Aadhi Adhhori Si…” but then, the composition takes on a complete different soul – from tragic to hopeful, sorrowful to uplifting, as it adds on Nimra Rafiq’s interlude “Mein Thi Adhuri Si, Paa Liya Tujh Ko, Poori Ho Gayi…”
The song is employed beautifully, woven within the storyline, to add layers of emotion running through the narrative. One poignant moment was when Haji Sahib places the ring on Barbeena’s finger and the soundtrack takes off from there… almost as if their story was coming full circle. The lyrics, so powerful, added huge impact to an already impactful narrative.
Tooti Phuti is a song that will always take one back to the story of Barbeena & Haji Mushtaq in ways that are powerful and evocative in their storytelling – the song tells a story of its own and speaks of a journey of loss, and then love and fulfilment – a musical gem indeed!
Presented under the banner of Q & K Production in association with Multiverse Entertainment, Qaiser Ali and Imran Raza have produced the project which is scripted by the talented Zafar Mairaj and directed under Kashif Nisar. Kabli Pulao airs every 8 pm on Tuesday, the drama features Sabeena Farooq, Mohammed Ehteshamuddin, Nadia Afgan, Abdullah Farhatullah, Saqib Sumeer, Adnan ShahTipu, Munazzah Arif and more.
2. Khamoshi – Shanaas
The lyrics of Khamoshi are written by Sami Khan and the soundtrack is composed and sung by Sami Khan as well.
Khamoshi is a soundtrack that packs a punch. From starting off slow to building up to a crescendo, the song mirrors the tempo of the narrative, emotional at times, calming yet insistent at others. Sami Khan’s vocals and lyrics carry a sadness, longing for closure and a yearning for calm in a world pieced together bit by bit like a puzzle – Aneesa, our protagonist at the centre of it all!
Khamoshi will keep you humming the moment the episode comes on air. The tune is both catchy and despite the intriguing crime thriller nature of the storyline, strangely uplifting, perhaps due to the upbeat composition.
Listen to this one because the melody will stay with you – a hidden gem for the playlist this!
Written by the talented Adarsh Ayaz and directed by visionary Yasra Rizvi, the show airs on Tuesday & Wednesday at 9 pm. Produced by Q&K Productions in association with Multiverse Entertainment, Shanaas features a talented ensemble cast, led by the versatile Hajra Yamin in the role of Aneesa. Accompanying her are esteemed actors Sania Saeed, Shamim Hilaly, Arez Ahmed, Shahzad Nawaz, Adnan Shah Tipu, Adnan Jeelani and Kashif Hussain, who deliver captivating performances and add depth to their respective characters.
3. Sawal – Nauroz
Penned by the talented lyricist Kashif Anwar, Sawal is sung by Amanat Ali, with music from the celebrated Naveed Nashad.
Sawal is a soul-stirring composition that embraces the very heart of the narrative.
Sawal Nachain, Jawaab Gum Hain is sung in perfect harmony by singer Amanat Ali. Amanat’s full-bodied vocals add tremendous emotion to the piece. Mawra Hocane serves as the perfect muse here as Reshtina’s life journey unravels, one story at a time. The soundtrack grows on audiences with a kind of spiritual awakening, mirroring the growth of the character herself – facing harsh realities of the world around her yet clinging to her roots, beliefs, and asking questions along the way.
Sawal is a soundtrack that stays with one long after the episode is over. The vocals are employed at choice moments in the narrative to add traction and atmosphere to the story.
Nauroz is produced by Nuqta Films in collaboration with Multiverse Entertainment. The drama is directed by Shahzad Kashmiri and penned by Kashif Anwar. Featuring a stellar cast led by Manzar Sehbai, Mawra Hocane, and Shamil Khan, the series also showcases a talented ensemble including Mohsin Ejaz, Rana Majid, Mahnoor Shauqat, Saad Farukh, Mustufa Rizvi, Arsalan Khalid, Sultan sb, Alamdar Khan, Sami Niazi, Sanayah Khan, Khubaib, Areeba Tirmaizi, Ahmed Taha, Nadia Amjad, and Salman Shahid.