Komal carries on
Komal Rizvi is like any other girl-living-next-door. This sensationalist diva of the 90s created quite an uproar in Pakistan’s entertainment industry, not only with producing and introducing Pakistani girl bhangra with “Baujee, Baujee” but she went further ahead and acted in Pakistan Television’s (PTV) drama serial “Hawain” which became a mega-hit.
After being lost for quite some time from Pakistan’s entertainment industry, it was last summer that Komal Rizvi made a comeback, releasing a song and music video called “Chahiye”.
Now Rizvi brings yet another song “Yehi Pyar Hai” and talks to The Express Tribune, about the new video, her comeback to the entertainment scene and so much more.
Q What’s your inspiration behind the new video?
Answer: The song is a love song but, when I wrote it, I didn’t necessarily have the romantic kind of love in mind. Love is a widely used term, for God, for people and for your country. I chose to have a romantic video made because the concept that the directors, Bilal and Shayan , came up with was quite unique and it was sold immediately.
The song is based on four levels of a relationship: How they met, how they fell in love, how they fought and how they made up and continued loving each other, all in an elevator. Love stories are normally very elaborate. But I loved the idea of little gestures in a small elevator. This unique concept was clean and simple enough to speak volumes about where exactly it is, where a relationship stands.
Q How is “Yehi Pyar Hai” different from “Chahiye”?
Answer: “Chahiye” was a bhangra and hip-hop fusion with a message to the public that “I want your love and support”, where as this song, “Yehi Pyar Hai” is a completely different contemporary pop romantic ballad.
Q You are doing more of those love songs, rather than pure bhangra “Baujee, Baujee” style of music? Why?
Answer: I never do a particular style consistently. I never have. I love a wide genre of music. Classical appeals to me just as much as folk and sufi [does] and also just as much as hip-hop and jazz. I will sing whatever takes my fancy. I hope God always is kind enough to give me that leeway and I also hope that whatever it is that, I choose to do I am supported and appreciated by everyone.
Q How has the comeback been like? How different have you found the entire music, from what it was before?
Answer: Music is music. This wasn’t a comeback for me as everyone seems to be putting it, I never left music. But yes, I returned to the music ‘business’ after a long time and I’m loving every minute of it. I don’t think the industry has changed much, it has become slightly more confused and chaotic than before, too much mediocre stuff going around and one too many channels. But I believe that if you are true to what you are and sing with pure intent, that’s all that matters in the end.
Q Are you more focused on dance alongside music in your videos?
Answer: How I portray my music through my videos totally depends on the feel and the genre of the song. I love dancing but I will perform in a video only if the song requires it. It’s all about what is best for that song.
Q You hosted a couple of morning shows at a local channel? Why did you back out from it all of a sudden?
Answer: There’s no doubt that I was one of the pioneer hosts of morning shows. The early mornings were a bit much for me to handle. I only did the show as long as it was pre-recorded, the day it turned into a live show, I stopped. This was something I had already discussed with my employers, it wasn’t a sudden decision. At a certain time in life when I am more settled and less adventurous, I will be more willing to tie myself down to an annual commitment like that.
Q Finally, what’s up next?
Answer: Lots of stuff! Great stuff! I would like to keep you all guessing though! Here’s a hint: Some acting, some singing, some international projects, some more dancing, and hosting too!
So stay tuned.
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