Fakhr-e-Alam's latest single is all about Pakistan but not the way you'd think.
The singer partnered up with Shezan Saleem to form band F.A.S.S. and the duo launched their single 'Shikwa Pakistani'... since it's the month of Independence Day. The result? Not so good.
'Shikwa Pakistani' is definitely not the type of song you'd expect as an August release. With other songs promoting the essence of being Pakistani and proudly wearing that banner, this track prides itself in being brutally honest about the current situation of Pakistan.
The rap talks about issues the average Pakistani faces in the country (corruption, load shedding, inflation and what not) and calls out Pakistanis for being part of the problem and not the solution.
The video features the two artists and a couple of actors in stereotypical get ups singing along to the song against a poorly edited backdrop.
While the track is very different from the recent music releases, the idea behind it is rather cliche and old school. The 'hypocritical Pakistani' stance is one that Allama Iqbal conquered with Jawab-e-Shikwa, everything else pales in comparison. Plus, references like 'Aunty Gormint' and 'Saeen' are out dated now.
Is it too much to ask for something original?