Roy Re­vival

Jind Jaan by She­hzad Roy and Zoe Vic­caji

Slogan - - Interview - – M.F.

She­hzad Roy is one of the few (ac­tive) mu­si­cians left in the Pak­istani mu­sic in­dus­try and, it is safe to say, one of its most tal­ented. Be­gin­ning as a young (al­beit slightly mal­nour­ished) lad singing songs about un­re­quited love, love at first sight and other vari­a­tions of the con­di­tion, the singer even­tu­ally ma­tured and pro­gressed to singing songs that shed light on so­cial is­sues plagu­ing so­ci­ety. This even­tu­ally earned him the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a so­cial ac­tivist of sorts; he con­tin­ued to use his mu­si­cal tal­ents for the greater good and alert a largely ig­no­rant pub­lic of the per­ils of cor­rup­tion and law­less­ness.

With his most re­cent ven­ture, though, it seems that he has gone back to his orig­i­nal roots. This ap­pears to be a rather sen­si­ble move for the time be­ing since the pub­lic al­ready has limited at­ten­tion for any­thing re­lated to the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal af­fairs.

In the lat­est mu­sic video, in which She­hzad col­lab­o­rates with Zoe Vic­caji, the singer adopts the rugged looks of a slick gang­ster on the run who falls for the wiles of his fe­male coun­ter­part, played by Iman Ali. The per­sona he dis­plays is a far cry from a squeaky clean im­age that Roy fans have be­come used to but it is a wel­come change. It ac­cen­tu­ates his boy­ish charm and good looks. The video changes scenes be­tween Zoe Vic­caji and She­hzad as they croon the lyrics and even of­fers view­ers good screen time be­tween She­hzad and Iman. Each is shown eye­ing the other dur­ing the first half. Soon enough, though, they are thrown into a sit­u­a­tion where they have no one to rely on ex­cept each other. How­ever, it soon be­comes ev­i­dent that Iman Ali is not who she presents her­self to be.

The song it­self is catchy enough and rem­i­nis­cent of pre­vi­ous She­hzad Roy songs, with the fa­mil­iar rock sound in­volv­ing elec­tric gui­tar and drums. A de­cent lis­ten over­all.


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