BY ALI NAQVI –
Meray Paas Tum Ho is getting on our nerves, not just because it’s a damn good drama but also due to the fact that it is everywhere and you cannot get it out of your head. The title song composed by Naveed Naushad is one of the reasons behind the popularity of the TV series. We have heard the song more by fans, friends and family than in the magical voice of Rahat Fateh Ali. Recently AJM & Company designed an activity on its Facebook page called Meray Paas Tum Ho Challenge.
I totally agree. Not everyone can sing but nobody can ever be stopped to give it a try. That’s the spirit behind Meray Paas Tum Ho Challenge by AJM. Music lovers were asked to sing and record Meray Paas Tum Ho song on their mobile and send it to AJM WhatsApp number.
The challenge took full mileage of the trending drama serial. Those who have participated in the Meray Paas Tum Ho Challenge or watched the activity closely must have noticed that there is no dearth of talent or confidence among people young or old, men or women. Music lovers from Hazara to Karachi sent their entries for the challenge. There were two categories the Best Singer category and the Why Factor Category that made the challenge more interesting and entertaining.
The Why Factor category was all about encouraging those shy singers who hesitate to bring out the singer within. Singing like every art form is a mode of expression before it becomes a discipline or taken over by technicalities. According to the ethos of AJM, the liberty to self-express is the root of all art forms. If you browse through AJM Facebook page you will see a clear reflection of this idea.
At the final stage of the activity the penal of judges including Khawar Jawad, Naveed Naushad and CEO AJM & Company Azhar Jamil Malik shortlisted 6 participants in each category. The finalists were put to a vote through Facebook poll. After a few days of polling Danish Riaz & Muhammad Riaz secured the highest number of votes to win the Best Singer award while M Shair secured maximum votes to become the winner of Why Factor category.
Meray Paas Tum Ho Challenge is over but the drama has one final episode left. Danish has accepted the proposal of Hania and Mehwish has surrendered herself to atonement and internal suffering. On the face of it the ending seems obvious that Mehwish will suffer for her sins while Danish will start a new life but this is not how a writer as thoughtful as Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar might end the play.
Love is always unconditional and beyond reason and rationality. If Danish, Humayun Saeed, truly loves Mehwish he will not be able to hold on to the past or the demons of reason and rationality but if his love was conditional to the fidelity of Mehwish, he will choose Hania.