The light romantic Pakistani feature film Betabiyan is releasing on 29th November starring Babar Ali, Hiba Ali, Saima Baloch, Syed Arez, Javed Sheikh, Saba Pervez and Sangeeta in major roles. Directed by Abdul Majid Khan and produced under Prodigy Art Studios, Betabiyan has a distinct identity because if its complete Lollywood family drama style, with advance production techniques, in the new wave of Pakistani cinema.
It is first film of Lollywood star of 90s Babar Ali in lead role after the gap of almost eight years, in which he is also set to be debuted on screens of multiplexes all over the country.
Another surprising treat of Betabiyan is its music. The film has eight songs, all composed by Ashan Bari Khan. Four songs; Ho Kay Befikar, Lamhay, Kiyun and title track has been released with videos while Bataun Kiya and Isharay Tumhare are just making waves in audio. Two numbers ‘O Sajna’ in Jawed Bashir’s voice and ‘Meri Jaan’ in Shafqat Amanat Ali’s vocals are yet to be released.
The title track Betabiyan is a typical light melodious duet by Shiraz Uppal and Nirmal Roy, also released in video featuring the lead pair Syed Arez and Saima Baloch tells a little about the theme and story of the film.
Ho Kay Bifikar has a sound of the lively filmy era of 60s, accompanying an outdoor video with young leads and others. Sung by Sara Hyder, Shiraz Uppal, Sara Raza Khan and Ahsan Bari himself, HKB is a fun to listen even without watching the video.
Lamhey filmed on lead Syed Arez is pure love song of a young heart in poppish tune by Shiraz Uppal in his crispy and youthful vocals.
The sad and melancholic Kiyun (teaser released with video featuring Saima Baloch) in Sara Raza Khan voice is semi classical type filmy composition for which the Subcontinent cinema is famous for. Use of much eastern instruments with the light vocals is a treat for those who go for a king of typical music in our films.
Bataon Kiya, sung by Sara Hyder is a funky number giving listener a nostalgic feel of 80s pop era of Pakistan. Her low-paced rhythmic vocals remind us of our pop diva Nazia Hasan.
The epic ‘Isharey Tumhare’ in none other than Humaira Channa’s iconic voice is the strongest composition of all tracks of the film that have been released so far. The composition has all the ingredients of a dramatic rendition, giving it a feel of the climax of film. The reason might be that the song has only been released in audio. Use of tabla, sitar, sarangi and even bansri makes it multiple times listening for Pakistani music lovers.
The two remaining songs of the film, one in the voice of a giant of our music industry Shafqat Amanat Ali, are yet to be released (may be a day before the release of film) creates all the curiosity of what is more interesting in the box.
It is a fact that, despite usually run-of-the-mill type of products, the local film makers are presenting in cinema these days, our musicians, singers and composers do not comprise on the quality of their work and continue to give substantial content in the market. We hope the same from the music of Betabiyan, which much likely will give the movie a critical acclaim of a musical film of the year.