‘Haq Hamara Azadi': Abrar’s revolutionary anthem is creepy

His latest revolutionary anthem looks more like a propaganda video geared towards toppling the governmen
Updated 03 Apr, 2015 02:26pm

What happened to Preeto man Abrarul Haq? He used to be the funnest Punjabi in the charts who could make us sway to the ‘Bheega Bheega sa ye December hai’ and jump up and bhangra to ‘Kinnay Kinnay jana Billo dey ghar’.

But the pop star philanthropist has gone a bit …off.

His latest revolutionary anthem looks more like a propaganda video geared towards toppling the government than creating change. Oh, wait it is. The song encourages listeners to join Imran Khan’s tsunami marching towards Islamabad and crush the false idols that stand there. The lyrics are sprinkled with just enough Islamic references to make it clear that the revolution is only for Muslims.

The song may come following Ali Haider’s ‘Yeh Mera Pakistan’ and Asad Bashir’s ‘Meherban Hai Pakistan’ but don’t confuse ‘Haq Hamara Azadi’ by Abrar-ul-Haq with these patriotic songs released to mark Independence Day.

Haq’s song is half naara half old fashioned milli naghma the song sounds like a chant for the cult of Imran Khan. Unlike his far more entertaining Jitna vi Imran Khan Jitna and the inspiring Jalsay wich Nachan Nu Jee Karda for PTI this song is on the creepy side of catchy.

The video of ‘Haq Hamara Azadi’ features random shots of the Azadi March campaign cut with campaign – many clips of Imran Khan in jalsas, in the middle of heated speeches, while donning an Azadi March t-shirt and during conferences with prominent people. On the other hand, the awaam is shown swaying PTI flags and supporting their leader in full swing. Yay! Of course, there are no Gullu Butts in sight.

Abrar’s own portraits can also be seen in what a looks like a PowerPoint presentation convincing the audiences that he’s also a devoted supporter of PTI and they should be too.

Lyrics

In the beginning, the lyrics seem to be quite persuasive and heartfelt. However, as the song progresses, they kind of become mundane and lose the listener’s attention. Not to mention, they are also clichéd and I am sure we have heard the same lines in many other patriotic songs in the past. Also, extensive use of metaphors is another one of the drawbacks.

It goes like:

Hum mulk bachane nikle hain

Tum chalo hamare saath chalo

Hum budth girane nikle hain

Tum chalo hamare saath chalo

Bigdre nizaam ko, majboor awaam ko, haq dilane nikle hain

Tum chalo humare saath chalo

While, undoubtedly very catchy the song gives the feels like a cheap brainwashing number (and a badly made one).