Kaptaan: Music for the cricket legend

Published: September 23, 2011
While the film has a small budget, the director has high hopes for the soundtrack. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

While the film has a small budget, the director has high hopes for the soundtrack. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

While the film has a small budget, the director has high hopes for the soundtrack. PHOTO: PUBLICITY
While the film has a small budget, the director has high hopes for the soundtrack. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

LAHORE: Music from the upcoming film Kaptaan — a film based on sportsman and now politician Imran Khan’s high profile life — has received a positive response, with some of the tracks going viral on social networking sites. With talks underway with Ali Noor and several other mainstream artists, the film’s director and producer Faisal Aman Khan hopes to provide enthusiasts with motivational and contemporary music.

According to insiders, Kaptaan’s official trailer is scheduled to be released online on September 25, while the film itself is expected to be released during the first quarter of 2012. Negotiations with several distributing companies in Pakistan and India have already begun, confirmed the director.

The low-budget film, based on the former cricket star’s life, has attracted global attention as it explores the experiences of a man who dedicates his life to his country while also struggling with personal and spiritual anguish. When asked about his subject choice, Khan replies, “There is a dire need for Pakistani film-makers to change their influences and inspirations. More quality stuff needs to be brought in; the argument that there are not enough resources is an excuse,” says Khan. “This is a Pakistani film about a character who was called ‘King Khan’ before Shahrukh Khan was given the same title in India.”

An avid follower of orchestra and contemporary Pakistani music, Khan is emphasising on ensuring that the soundtrack is catchy and, at the same time, able to complement the film’s storyline. Khan says that he aims to portray the film as a journey between ‘surrealism and realism’ and to highlight the inner transformation of the legendary cricketer.

“I have always been a fan of symphonic orchestra such as London Philharmonic, so finding the right person, given the limited budget, has been a difficult task,” states Khan, while heaping praise on Farhan Zameer, who is composing and directing the film’s music. “We were initially hoping to get Kaavish and Ali Azmat on board for the direction and composition of the film’s music, but it was becoming too expensive. However, when I first heard Zameer sing I was stunned at the amount of talent he possessed.”

Khan, while mentioning that negotiations with rock band Noori are currently underway, states that he is also thinking of getting Najam Sheraz on board for the soundtrack.  The intention, he adds, is to get some of the rock artists to lend their voices to an orchestral symphonic sound — similar to what came about as a result of Metallica’s collaboration with late musical composer Michael Kamen. Meanwhile, local pop artist Abbas Ali Khan, Indian singer Rashmi Nair (who is based in America) and Canadian Naqi Ali Khan have also agreed to contribute to the film’s music.

Mainly known for his work as a composer in South Indian films, Zameer takes inspiration from western and eastern folk music. “For a movie like this one, it’s important that the songs are motivational and have a message for the youth,” says Zameer. “We’re excited about composing Kaptaan’s music; it’s not going to be typical of what is generally seen in Lollywood, rather it will be modern and progressive.”

He adds that the main challenge is finding the right blend of western and eastern music that could adequately create the mood encapsulating the cricketer’s life.

However, keeping in mind Imran Khan’s personal music taste, the film will also include three of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s songs namely “Allah Hoo”, “Ye Jo Halka Halka Suroor” and “Sanu Ek Pal”.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Ali Quaid
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Totally agreed, Motivational music is necessary for movie on the most motivating person Pakistan has ever produced.


  • Ali
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:58PM

    Cant wait for the movie and the soundtrack! Jeay Imran Jeay PTI :D


  • Democrat
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:03PM

    A great effort which will for sure bear fruit. Perhaps Khan is the only genuine politician in Pakistan. Waiting direly for the film release and seeing Khan as PM of Pakistan.


  • TightChuddi
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Great news for IK fan boys and girls!


  • Somro
    Sep 23, 2011 - 9:22PM

    Plz release this movie tomorrow. Thank u Faisal for making the movie on the Legend.


  • Chaudhry Allah Daad
    Sep 24, 2011 - 8:52AM

    With little invesment, the makers of this film are expecting huge returns. Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Sep 24, 2011 - 10:46AM

    I hope its not against the King Khan and has optimistic impact on audience. Waiting for the release.


    Sep 24, 2011 - 11:56AM

    anxiously waiting..


  • Osman
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:37PM

    release date?


  • Ammarttitude
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Well i’m not a part of any political party but yes m a big fan of Imran Khan the Kaptaan, as he is an honest and a brave man, and surely the only true politician of Pakistan.. We really need someone like him, Imran Khan is really the only hope for Pakistan..

    I’m desperately waiting for this movie, and Inshallah i’ll be watching it in Cinema, as i’ve watched BOL in Cinemas, 3 times.. :D and now i’m waiting for Kaptaan to be released..

    PS: I’m a 19 year old Pakistani boy, whos really patriotic and keeps a close eye on the current Pakistani politics and situation, and i’m proud to say that not that i’ve got my ID card and my vote registered, i, with almost all (99%) of my friends and family members are surely gonnna vote for Imran Khan..

    Pakistan Zindabad


  • Tariq gul
    Sep 24, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Well the news is pretty good for Lollywood industry but it requires a huge amount of budget to produce biography movies otherwise movie will be low quality and will not do justice at all,They should go for mega budget,because Hansie “was a flop because of low budget quality,if same things happened with this film also then it will be a huge dissapointment for fans of imran khan as they will be hurt,let’s hope for everything good and nice


  • Sufyan khan
    Sep 24, 2011 - 6:04PM

    It is great to see the younger generation taking the Pakistan film industry forward. Faisal’s love for music and movies alike has been renowned since his childhood days. I hope and pray for big things for the big man! Very excited to see this film!


  • Asif
    Sep 26, 2011 - 9:22AM

    The nation needs it and they do need a leader like him as well.Recommend

  • R. Khan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:16PM

    Now a movie on Imran Khan! Our people so easily deceived. Wanna buy Broklyn bridge?Recommend

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