With the summer temperatures sizzling across the country, the mercury is set to climb even further with the panache with which Amna Ilyas, Meera and Osman Khalid Butt have grooved to the foot-tapping rhythm of Taha Malik’s techno trendy beats in ‘Khilti Kalli’, the pre-Eid surprise from Saqib Malik’s ‘Baaji.’
A preview of the song recently released shows the trio letting their hair down and showing the world that when it comes to partying and having a good time, Pakistani films can do it better and arguably with more class. The aesthetically pleasing number is free from any garish distractions or excessive skin-show, as is often the case with material coming from across the border or elsewhere. Director Saqib Malik along with the choreographer Wahab Shah has managed to keep the proceedings very tasteful yet suitably wild for a club setting, with the focus being on presenting a perfectly synchronized music and light spectacle. Osman Khalid Butt and Amna Ilyas share a natural chemistry, and Osman in particular does well shaking a leg to the rap-interlude.
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Later, the film’s star attraction Meera joins the duo showing that she is still very much a natural in front of the camera, with her million watt smile and perfect styling capturing all the attention. Meera’s expressions and dance moves are bang on target, and she impresses right from the moment she enters the frame. It will be interesting to watch how the song is placed in the film, for there is little evidence of conflict here with both ladies being equally at ease with Osman’s character.
Musically speaking, Zeb Bangash voice is aural ecstasy – she modulates her voice in two different tones to suit Amna Ilyas and Meera, respectively, and does the job perfectly. Another good thing is that the original melody of the song, composed by Nisar Bazmi for the film Sabaq, has been kept intact yet the song sounds totally contemporary and very much with the times.
The song increases our anticipation to give the audio album of Baaji a listen! The soundtrack seems to be the much needed shot in the arm for Pakistani film music.
“Baaji” releases on June 28 by ARY Films.