Meesha Shafi went all out with her latest single ‘Hot Mango Chutney Sauce’, a electro pop dance number that blends Urdu, English as well as Punjabi lyrics as well as a beat that is modern-day yet quintessentially desi.
The music video includes models Eman Suleman, Zara Peerzada, Rubab Ali and Baemisaal, manufacturer Abdullah Siddiqui, Hashim Ali as well as Swineryy.
The manufacturers of the tune have explained it as one with a joyous mood that “uses irony and sarcasm to examine an unfavorable yet comic aspect of city Pakistani culture: the rampant fixation with consumerism as well as the inability to understand ourselves past the exterior of “wide range” or “success” we installed in social settings”.
” The idea of creating this tune appeared of a duration of reflection on the rat race we typically locate ourselves in, where a lot of the focus is on what individuals own rather than who they are. It’s a risk that is especially difficult to avoid in a sector essentially called showbiz, so coming to this realisation has actually been interesting,” Shafi said in a news release.
” Ultimately, the tune pokes fun at our collective identity crisis, which is only worsened by our colonial hangover as much of us have actually started to know. Also within the race, we’ve concerned connect a higher worth to facets of pop culture that have no roots in Pakistan or the broader South Asian community. So whether it was social referrals in the lyrics or the visual translation of the track into a music video, I desired develop something uniquely us– desi and also proud.”
Shafi has written as well as composed the track while Abdullah Siddiqui has produced it. “The themes Meesha was working with on this tune really resonated with me due to the fact that I have actually directly begun to feel like culturally there’s an obsession with keeping up appearances, as well as sacrificing authenticity while doing so,” he said. “The lyrics really excited me and also amused me, especially since they are in such stark comparison to the sort of reflective and sombre job Meesha has actually been known for, but I’m so fired up that individuals ultimately reach see this side of her. I had the moment of my life generating this track to reflect the spirit in which Meesha wrote it; bold, maximalist, super-charged and unapologetically enjoyable. We tried to produce a depiction of South Eastern themes that felt entirely fresh yet authentic, and I truly hope that finds.”
The video, which is rupturing with colour– and flavour– has been co-directed by Shafi and Awais Gohar. The art direction was led by Meesha Shafi as well as Hashim Ali. It also features funny cameos from every person’s favourite catty aunty and also Shazia’s little girl hater, thanks to the extremely skilled anonymous internet experience Swineryy.
One point that instantly captured our eye in the video was the clothes. The clothing put on by the versions and Shafi are all modern-day twists on desi attires. The clothing are all colourful and wild and really Meesha Shafi, which makes feeling since she had a hand in the designing as well as closet along with Hashim Ali.
The music video was filmed in Lahore and Toronto. The Lahore part of the video features the designs grooving in the rear of a truck bring mangoes. The truck is embellished with neon lights and adds to the groovy ambiance of the video.
The track itself blends Urdu, Punjabi and English. One instance is this verse:
‘ Why are you so jealous,
Teray ansoo mangay umbrellas
Why are you so jealous baby
Hunn das tey, simply tell us’
We don’t typically see a lot of electro pop in Pakistan music and we’re absolutely delighting in the means Shafi has mixed three languages as well as a lot desi sassiness in her tune.
Collaborating with Swineryy on ‘Hot Mango Chutney Sauce’ was also funny. But also for all her amusing one liners in the video, the best was the one she ended with: “I simply want Meesha to know that consent is extremely crucial.”