Shoaib Man­soor: A liv­ing leg­end

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

IM­RAN ALI PHULL

Shoaib Man­soor is one of the most pop­u­lar mu­sic com­poser and di­rec­tor of tele­vi­sion and film. He is a ver­sa­tile artist, liv­ing leg­end and ge­nius, who is not only ap­pre­ci­ated in Pak­istan but also in each part of the world for the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment, he has for his work. He has al­ways raised some se­ri­ous and real is­sues through his movies.

He be­came in­ter­na­tion­ally known and pop­u­lar for di­rect­ing TV shows and dra­mas in­clud­ing Ankahi, com­edy se­ries Fifty Fifty, Sunehray Din and Alpha Bravo Char­lie. Man­soor also found crit­i­cal ac­claim for his mu­si­cal abil­i­ties and is known for his soul-stir­ring ren­di­tions of mys­tic po­etry and he also di­rected few un­for­get­table mu­sic videos like Supreme Ishq. He also gave us crit­i­cally ac­claimed film Khuda Kay Liye and Bol. Man­soor won many awards for his work, and won Si­tara-e-Im­tiaz Award from the Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan in 2007.

Some­time, I won­der why this liv­ing leg­end does not ap­pear in TV shows, pro­mo­tional events as we have not ever seen him in such shows and events and then I found that such leg­ends live in their own world. Th­ese are the peo­ple who don’t de­sire for any worldly fame, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and award. They find soul sat­is­fac­tion in their un­prece­dented, im­pec­ca­ble and mes­mer­iz­ing work.

Un­for­tu­nately, in our coun­try we don’t pay tribute to such leg­ends; we do not ac­knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­ate their in­domitable will, stoic courage and an over­whelm­ing love of the art and hu­man­ity that res­onates in their heart which leads to an en­light­ened and peace­ful Pak­istan. Th­ese are peo­ple who con­vey a soft im­age of the coun­try and the na­tion to the world through their finest work. Un­doubt­edly, he is a be­fit­ting source of real and true in­spi­ra­tion for com­ing gen­er­a­tion. —Karachi

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