By: Dr. Zehra Saqlain
I would like to congratulate the whole nation that we still have visionaries and writers who can take the burden of addressing the national/social issues with no fear. Yes, I am talking about the representative of the new generation, Bilal Maqsood. I always wondered who will take the responsibility and who would be able to write like Mr. Anwar Maqsood. Nevertheless, after listening to the new song of Strings “mein tou dekhoonga” I felt that Mr. Anwar Maqsood has transferred his wit, knowledge and the writing skills very well to his son.
The way Strings have shown maturity in their writings from “sur kiye yeh pahaar” from their first album to now “mein tou dekhoonga” shows not only the good music but also the maturity in their thoughts. The first time I heard the song it actually gave me goose bumps probably because it is everyone’s thoughts, which they put together.
We grew up listening to some real good crisp scripts & witty lines that now even the most talented writers are not able to produce. These were the times when “aangan tera, aankahi, dhoop kinare took the viewers by storm. The freshness & dialogue delivery was and still is incomparable. Then came the era of fifty fifty, studio dhai, showtime, half plate and silver jubilee. The way Mr. Anwar Maqsood addressed the economic/political & cultural issues in his writings is again no doubt unique. His combo or should I say trio with Moin Ahhtar & Bushra Ansari was superb.
In this era of poverty, hopelessness and indifference, this song came as a fresh breeze. I hope that we actually get to see our country the way they have said. In this time, our generation needs to be reminded that there is still a sliver ray of hope and rather than just leaving the country for “better future” we should educate and stay in and try to make it a better place where “roti sasti hogi aur mehngii hogii jaan…”