Hassan Jahangir: ‘Hawa Hawa’ hitmaker makes a comeback

Published: October 20, 2011
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Hassan Jahangir will give a fresh feel to the popular Bengali melody “Dol Dol” that has already been sung by many artists earlier. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

Hassan Jahangir will give a fresh feel to the popular Bengali melody “Dol Dol” that has already been sung by many artists earlier. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

Hassan Jahangir will give a fresh feel to the popular Bengali melody “Dol Dol” that has already been sung by many artists earlier. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY Hassan Jahangir will give a fresh feel to the popular Bengali melody “Dol Dol” that has already been sung by many artists earlier. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY
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The year 2011 seems to be a comeback year for our good old PTV pop stars: Mohsin Raza Khan, popularly known as Bunny, is all set to return with Roxen, Mohammed Ali Shyhaki has revamped the popular song “Tere Ishq Main”, Alamgir has done a fresh version of “Keh Dena” and now it’s time to welcome (back) Hassan Jahangir. The man, who gave one of the most celebrated pop songs in the history of Pakistani music “Hawa Hawa” is back with a fresh Bengali number “Dol Dol”.

“[The song] was in the pipeline for a long time. I’d been thinking about new music for a while and ‘Dol Dol’ is a result of that,” says the pop legend while adding that he has also been performing gigs every now and then.  With ‘Dol Dol’, Jahangir has given a fresh and contemporary touch to the kind of music he was earlier known for.

Jahangir was one of the pioneers of pop music who created a niche for himself with his overwhelming live performances at concerts, private parties and wedding functions.  “I emerged at a time when legends like OP Nayyar used to sings classical songs on PTV. But I brought with myself an entirely new style of performance,” recalls Jahangir.

Apart from his aura and live performances, Jahangir stood out for his song lyrics. Comprising of intense lyrics, his songs were witty and hilarious at the same time and that is the reason why the singer had a widespread appeal, cutting across generations instead of catering to teenagers only.

“I plan to do the same again,” adds Jahangir.” My songs have always had a very strong message and a great example of that is “Shadi Na Karna Yaro”. It was not just a pun on married people but it also carried an important message that, ‘If you can’t afford to feed a family, then why get married’.”

Message in a song

However, this time around, Jahangir — also credited with bringing ‘minglish’ lyrics to Pakistani pop music — plans to remodel the term ‘bhai’ in another upcoming song the title of which he hasn’t decided yet. Ruing the fact that the term ‘bhai’, which essentially comes out of brotherhood, is used negatively these days, Jahangir is bent upon changing this perception.

Bhai — which is usually used in conjunction with the phrase Bhai Log — has become a derogatory term. When the word bhai is used, people associate it with gangsters; however, my new song will rebut this notion. The song goes like, ‘Na larna hai na marna hai, pyar mohabbat karna hai, jo bhi hon halaat, hamesha dum chahat ka bharna hai, kis ne bola? bhai nae bola,” says Jahangir, sounding excited about his upcoming track.

Future plans

In 2009, it was reported on several websites that Jahangir’s song “Hawa Hawa” will feature in a Bollywood film that will also mark the comeback of the well known actor Raveena Tandon. However, that project was put on hold. “That project had stopped for some time but things are back on track now. Apart from that, I’ll be leaving for India to sing for an upcoming Bollywood film very soon,” adds the pop star. Additionally, a lot of new music is lined up for the singer as he prepares himself for a tour to Bangladesh in the coming week.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Oct 20, 2011 - 10:16PM

    Those who go never come back. Its better to stay “Hawa Hawa”

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  • tanker
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:54PM

    oh yah hes the same singer whose songs are like ..utho baitho dance karlo khana kha lo shaadi na karo.. way lame for Paki standards.

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  • tanker
    Oct 20, 2011 - 11:46PM

    oh yah hes the same singer whose songs are like ..utho baitho dance karlo khana kha lo shaadi na karo.. Recommend

  • mehwish
    Oct 21, 2011 - 12:23AM

    eeeeeeeeee this guy is so irritating……nd his songs less irritating :P

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  • Bhai
    Oct 21, 2011 - 10:50AM

    I didnt say that:p

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  • Iceman
    Oct 21, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Is it the same hawa hawa yeh hawa khushbu luta de….. singer from the late 80s?? (sorry, can’t access youtube from my office). I am from southern India and was only about 10 years old, so didn’t understand hindi/urdu much then. But, I can tell you that this song was a craze, which can be compared with the likes of ek do teen... We never knew for a long time that it was a Pakistani song.

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  • Oct 21, 2011 - 2:45PM

    For some reason the burgers of this generation are simply unable to respect the great singers and songs of 80s and 90s. It’s a welcome return by Hassan Jahangir even though it might be a tad bit late.Recommend

  • waqqas iftikhar
    Oct 21, 2011 - 4:53PM

    hawa hawa was pretty bad….even though hassan jahangir has always been completely off his rockerRecommend

  • persian
    Oct 21, 2011 - 9:12PM

    @Iceman: Yes, he the one.

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