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28 Apr

Here’s what we think of Farhan Saeed’s song for ‘Half Girlfriend’

Farhan Saeed

It has been three days since Farhan Saeed’s ‘Thori Der‘ has been released and the song already has nearly 6 million views on Youtube. Love is pouring in from both sides of the border. Taran Adarsh, well known Bollywood film critic and trade analyst, had nothing but wonderful things to say. “Wonderful song. The visuals compliment it beautifully,” he tweeted.

Writer of the book Half Girlfriend, Chetan Bhagat couldn’t stop praising the song. “A beautiful song from Half Girlfriend that you will find impossible not to hum!” Bhagat again tweeted praises the next day: “No remixes, no item song. Just pure, melodious music. Happy to share the beautiful ‘Thori Der‘ from Half Girlfriend.” Even Shreya Ghosal thanked Farhan for letting her be a part of it. “What a beautiful song Farhan. Thank you for making me a part of your gorgeous composition.”

For those who don’t know, ‘Thori Der‘ is Farhan’s original composition which was originally released in 2015. Sung purely in Punjabi, the song was a tribute to the Pakistan army and a beautiful one at that. It featured Farhan and his now wife Urwa Hocane. Farhan then rearranged the song a little, penned some lyrics in Urdu and got Shreya Goshal to sing it with him for Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor’s upcoming film Half Girlfriend.

It’s moments like these that make one realize how ridiculous the Indian ban on Pakistani artists is because the two nations have the potential to create beautiful art together. We speak the same language, sing about the same things, enjoy the same melodies and have a penchant for similar sights and visuals. It’s cruel to keep people away from each other because of politics.

Regardless, we are glad that Farhan’s song is being celebrated and appreciated in India as well as in Pakistan. The song is gaining a lot of popularity all over social media and we can understand why. The video has been shot beautifully as well; Arjun and Shraddha are emoting effortlessly and the content of the video and the lyrics of the song are in perfect harmony.

Here’s ‘Thori Der‘ if you haven’t seen it yet:

 

Manal Faheem Khan

The author is Contributing Editor at Something Haute who has studied film and journalism from SZABIST. Will be found at the gym if not in the office.