Jind Jaan by Shehzad Roy and Zoe Viccaji
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.