Strings to compose a qawwali for ‘Shootout at Wadala’

The much famed and lyrical strings seem to have now established a strong base in the Bollywood camp. More and more film makers are pursuing them to do a song or two in their upcoming ventures. The latest venture of this Pakistani Band in the Bolly camp is for the much awaited movie ‘Shootout at Wadala’.

The film which is also Sanjay Gupta’s directorial debut is all set to rock at a qawwali composed and sung by Strings. Sources say that the Pakistani band has already done recording one of the songs for the film, the song in question being a qawwali. The lyrical qawwali has been sung by renowned singer Farid Ayaz, who was also the winner of last year’s Coke Studio organized in Pakistan.

This is Avaz’s debut at playback singing in India. The talented singer has sung a number of songs in concerts like ‘Aman Ki Asha’ previously. A huge fan of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and his singing Avaz idolizes the versatile Rahatji. Avaz is stated to be visiting India with other members of the band Strings for a meeting with the producers.

Originally the movie was supposed to be shot without any songs but it is said that Sanjay Gupta left the decision on Strings. The band decided on one song first which the debutant director liked a lot so much so that he finally went against his initial decision of not having any songs in the film. This is also the very first time that the band has composed a qawwali and there are a lot of expectations attached to this track.

While talking to Bilal Maqsood of Strings he expressed as to how in the first reading of the script Gupta narrated them the story without any song sequences. However the story was very much in the planning stage at that particular time and hence the incorporation of any song was completely left to them. Set in Mumbai, a couple of shots of the movie are supposed to be shot around the Haji Ali, hence giving the band an opportunity to pay homage using a qawwali. Pakistani singers have a great history of singing awesome qawwalis. Fareed Avaz was the bands first choice and as they put it now it couldn’t have got better. Let’s hope we get to hear some amazing qawwali from the very land of qawwali’s.


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