When Farhan Saeed left Jal in 2014, there were many who doubted his ability to lead a successful career as a solo artist. However, the chatter has died down with every single that he has released in these two years, from Khwahishon to Pi Jaun and the very recent, Roiyaan. In this time he also made inroads into Bollywood and a high frequency of international tours.
This year too, is no different for him. With plans of furthering his passion for music, the singer is set to release the music video of his new-fangled single, Koi Rokay Na Mujhey. Talking to The Express Tribune, Saeed disclosed his vision behind the song, relationship with actor-model Urwa Hocane and upcoming Bollywood projects.
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“This song has been with me for the past year or so. It is not a romantic or melodious number like the ones I have done in the past but it’s something new I experimented with.” Scheduled to release sometime next week, the song has a more dubstep feel to it, which Farhan feels hasn’t been done by mainstream Pakistani artists in the past.
While the lyrics have been written by Ali Mustafa, the music video has been directed by Hamza Yousuf. It will feature Saeed alongside a star-studded line-up comprising actor-model Iman Ali, actor Sajid Khan and fashion designer Munib Nawaz. On opting for Ali, he said, “I have always had different girls in my various music videos. I want every video to shine through and stand on its own. I had Ali in mind for a long time but I was scared because I thought she would be hesitant.” Saeed offered her to listen to the song and then make a decision. “I told her she could turn down the offer if she wasn’t pleased.” However, he was not disheartened. According to him, she was besotted after listening to the song and opted to become part of the project.
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Riding high on the success of Roiyaan that bagged Song of the Year award at Lux Style Awards 2015, Saeed shared the song’s success became his motivation behind Koi Rokay Na Mujhey. “The love I received from people after Roiyaan made me have faith in myself. Last year was the best one for me. Also, the roping in of a star cast for the video is an assertion of what the music industry needs ... we have to bring it back into the limelight.”
Recently, pictures of Atif Aslam, Goher Mumtaz and Saeed jamming alongside Ali Zafar at his studio made rounds on social media, giving rise to the rumour that a Jal reunion is on the cards. When asked whether a Jal reunion is possible, Saeed refrained from giving a direct answer and instead said, “Goher [Mumtaz] and I are still friends. I would love to do a song with him ... this year only. For now, I really hope it happens.”
On the Bollywood front, Saeed has lent his single, Tu Thori Dair, to Mohit Suri’s upcoming flick, Half Girlfriend. About other Bollywood ventures in the pipeline, he stated, “There are a couple of things I’m looking into but I cannot confirm anything until I know [for sure].”
One can say that as spiced up his professional life is, Saeed’s personal life is no less exciting. Shedding light on his relationship with actor Urwa Hocane, he noted, “We are together and everyone knows about it. We have confessed it earlier on social media as well, so it is not a rumour but a reality.” While the two are seen hand-in-hand at almost every major red carpet in the country, they are yet to decide whether tying the knot is a possibility in the near future.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 10th, 2016.
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