Hansti Basti Video Launched Successfully

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[Lahore – Thursday, January 3rd, 2013]: The Others, comprising Zoya Uzair on vocals as well as rhythm/lead guitar, and Ali Sultan on drums, is aptly known as Pakistan’s youngest rock band, with Zoya being 17, and Ali being just 12 years old. This brother sister duo has already come a long way since the band’s inception in 2010. They have opened for established acts such as Strings, Atif Aslam, Jal, Symt, Call, JOSH, Pappu Saeen Dholi, Saeen Zahoor, Zeb & Haniya, Noori and Ali Azmat. Their set list comprises a diverse compilation of both classic and contemporary hits from local and foreign artists.

This Thursday, The Others officially launched their first ever video for a new original song by them, called Hansti Basti. The launch event took place in Lahore on 3rd January, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, at Avari Hotel. It was attended by an abundance of people including well known faces such as model Abdul Mannan, Wahab Shah, and Omer Chaudry [GM Sefam].

Subsequent launch events will also be held in Peshawar on 5th January, 2013 and Karachi, the date, time and venue for which is to be announced soon.

Hansti Basti is generally a song about family, love, loss of innocence and touches upon the subject of terrorism being faced by an average Pakistani on a daily basis, in a subtle manner, without showing violence of any kind.

The story shows a very close-knit family comprising of parents, and three children, two of them played by Zoya Uzair and Ali Sultan, who live in a beautiful home [basti] in some part of Pakistan. The family is shown to be happy and care-free as they play, run and laugh, spending most of their time together. One day the mother receives a letter from someone, to which she shows obvious happiness, and subsequently the entire family is seen boarding a bus. The family is seen enjoying themselves thoroughly, as the bus rides to its destination, when uddenly, the entire feel of the video transforms from bright and joyful, to tense, as the bus comes to a screeching halt and the father quickly tells one of his sons to escape from the back door which is open. Subsequently, two robbers with rifles are seen boarding the bus and the scene cuts to a quick shot establishing that everyone on the bus has been killed. The escaped boy, standing outside the buss in complete shock, is picked up by another robber who seems to be the leader, and taken away to an unknown location. The boy is being forced by the robber to hold a gun in his hands, which the boy resists with tears in his eyes.

The scene then cuts to a few years later when the boy has reached his late teens, and he is seen picking up the gun – it is inferred by the viewer that he has been brain-washed and he has lost all innocence through no fault of his own. He is shown to have recurring flashbacks of his family and how happy he was with them. However, he is forced by the robber to get on a bike, with gun in hand to go and rob people. However, the boy can not go through with it and he is seen returning to his old home [basti] where he lies down on the lush green grass, where he and his sister used to play, in absolute relief. The video therefore carries a message of hope in the end, stating that ‘change’ can happen and is in every individual’s own hands.

The video also stars the likes of Wahab Shah and Abdul Mannan, and is directed by NCA graduate Ashna Khan.

About his particular involvement in, and experience with this project, Wahab Shah says “I was looking after dance choreography & performance in this video. The experience was fun filled and joyous. Zoya and Ali hold promising futures as aspiring musicians. If they continue to work as hard, they will surely reach heights in music industry”. “I am very happy with the final product – the video is spectacular”, says Wahab regarding the launch of the Hansti Basti video.

Director of the video,  Ashna Khan, was responsible for direction, conception and visualization. “It was an experience of a lifetime, and also, it was my directorial debut. I therefore am quite sure that people are going to appreciate our efforts”, comments Ashna.

Speaking about Zoya & Ali, Ashna says “They are going to be a great contribution towards music in this country. The reason for my personal involvement in this project was the song itself and the initial idea for the song & video, which was a contribution to social change. I hope it will inspire the whole nation”.

The launch of their first video is a new chapter for The Others, allowing them to take the next big step to stardom. The video will begin airing on channels very soon, and is already available for viewing online here: https://vimeo.com/56610769

Music Video Credits:


Poetry: Bashir Ahmed Bashir|
Composed by: Naseem Abbas
Vocals: Zoya Uzair
Drums: Ali Sultan
Flute: Akmal Qadri
Audio (mix & master): True Brew Records
Choreographer: Wahab Shah
Directed by: Ashna Khan
Post: Aamer Ahmad, Khurram Ali
Produced by: Uzair Sultan
Costumes: Leisure Club
Social Media partner: E-marketing
PR consultancy: Pitch Media Inc.

Other partners: Lake City Holdings, Masoom’s pancake lounge, Avari Lahore

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