Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu: Where music and drama meet

Published: October 18, 2011
New talent Bilal Khan will compose an original song for drama serial “Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu”. PHOTO: FILE

New talent Bilal Khan will compose an original song for drama serial “Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu”. PHOTO: FILE

Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu, a social romantic Urdu novel, written by popular novelist Farhat Ishtiaq is now being turned into a television drama series by Pakistan’s ace film-maker and television director Mehreen Jabbar. The drama serial revolves around a love story of a young couple, a Pakistani boy and a US-born girl studying Engineering and Architecture in Columbia University in the  US.

“Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu”, which will be Jabbar’s 20th directorial venture, will be aired on Hum TV either in December this year or in January 2012. The series is set in New York City and stars Call’s lead vocalist and guitarist Junaid Khan in one of the pivotal roles. It will be Junaid’s fourth acting experience. Meanwhile, other cast members of “Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu” include Sarwat Gillani, Sanam Saaed and Adeel Husain, reports

Jabbar, who recently helped in the casting for Mira Nair’s Reluctant Fundamentalist, announced the news on her Facebook page and added that, “Bilal Khan will be doing an original song for ‘Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu’.” This is going to be Bilal’s first song for a television series. The Express Tribune spoke with the musician who said,“I haven’t started writing the song yet, but it will hopefully be ready by mid-November. It’ll most probably be just one song.”

Bilal started playing guitar at the age of 16, but first came into the spotlight when he recorded the song “Bachana” at home and then circulated it among his batchmates at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Bilal started off by performing at college concerts and later his performances were uploaded on YouTube. His song “To Kia Hua” was one of the few original compositions showcased on “Coke Studio” this year.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • tribune reader
    Oct 19, 2011 - 3:33AM

    tribune should cover more pakistani drama stuff also!!


  • Qurat
    Oct 19, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Waiting for this drama to be on air …. :) Hope the drama is as good as the original novel


  • Saher
    Oct 19, 2011 - 10:46PM

    I totally agree with poster above, tribune is missing out on a lot by not reviewing dramas , there are some wonderful ones on telly at the moment, e.g. Humsafar, dareecha to name a few. Even a series review will do if each episode is tough to keep up with. Films are reviewed why not dramas. I’m sure tribune can get enough drama goers if they advertise for them.


  • jia qaisar
    Nov 9, 2011 - 12:44AM

    i jus tooooooooooooooooooooo excited to watch this drama!!!!!
    please do make it awsum like humsafar!!!
    farhat rockxxxxxxxxx


  • ali
    Nov 13, 2011 - 7:19PM

    please don’t do this cant see aabi dyeing again


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