In the name of peace
Thatís the theme adopted by the group of four who came down to Dubai to produce a song, shoot its video and further Indo-Pak relations
IN A CITY that’s often cited the ultimate cultural hub, homebred talent, actors Meenakshi Dixit and Abdul Aziz along with entrepreneur Nofel Izz and singer Tariq Tayeb, have produced a song dedicated to the bond that Indians and Pakistanis share, especially in Dubai.
The number, entitled Tere Naam (in your name), represents the shared sentiment of ‘being human first, rather than being political’ and features a blend of traditional music from the neighbouring countries laced with refrains from both national anthems.
While model-turned-actress Dixit enjoys a budding career – she’ll be seen next in filmmaker Kabir Sadanand’s forthcoming Yaksha also rumoured to be starring Bollywood bigwigs Sanjay Dutt and Nana Patekar – her friend Abdul Aziz (who is married to television star Jassi Kaur) serves as producer and lead singer of their Mumbai-based band M.A.D.
The third member of their troupe, Izz has settled in Canada whilst Tayeb produces and sings for Pakistani band Tariq and Arnie Productions.
City Times caught up with the four friends, who returned to home ground during the two nations’ Independence Days to shoot and launch their music video.
Meenakshi Dixit: Singer, model and actress
True intentions: Four of us have been friends for a very long time and this song was a matter of pride for me. Indian and Pakistani cultures originated from the same place - so we can’t be that different. The song reminds us that we are one.
Heart of Dubai: It’s a metropolitan city - people from all over the world live here together and at the same time respect each other. That is one of the reasons I am in love with this place.
Singing front: Our band does all kinds of music. M.A.D. (Man and Drums) has recently also composed a song for Kabir Sadanand’s Fugly (starring Imran Khan).
Acting front: Recently I worked with Mohan Lal in Alexander the Great. Next in line is a Hindi film called Ganith directed by Neeraj Pathak and Telegu project Athiradharu.
Home grown musician Tariq Tayeb
His message: When poet Sardar Anjum wrote the lyrics of Tere Naam, I knew this was exactly what I was waiting for. And Meenakshi, Aziz and Nofel, they were just as excited as me.
It’s a wrap: In Dubai, when it’s Eid, my Indian friends host parties and when it’s Diwali my Pakistani friends do the same. The culture is why it was the perfect place to shoot the video.
Friends forever: It was wonderful working with my friends. There were never any delays and everyone was always on the same track.
Singing front: Currently my band Tariq and Arnie Productions is working on an album, which will showcase our versatility. We have over 200 compositions to our credit.
Businessman Nofel Izz sings on the side
Love thy country: The song, like the title Tere Naam suggests, simply defines our love for the two nations.
His message: The past few years in Canada I have been reading news on how much the relations of these two countries have deteriorated, this song really gave my thoughts a platform to reach millions.
On a cause: When the second video will be launched, we will charge a sponsorship fee that in turn will be donated to charities of these two countries. We already have sponsors who are very keen on this project.
Future plans: I am currently working on my album and will be coming back to Dubai after a month to record yet another meaningful album.
It’s the ‘one world, one religion’ theme for Abdul Aziz
He comes in peace: We made this song to promote peace across the border. Most of my best friends are Pakistanis and I honestly don’t see the difference. Meenakshi, Tariq, Arnie, Nofel and I are friends who share a passion for music; we don’t differentiate between who is a Pakistani and who is an Indian.
Singing front: Our song Dopeheadz has made it into the soundtrack of Kabir’s Fugly. Normally we compose fun and mad music; Tere Naam is slightly different from our usual stuff because it’s more soulful.
Acting front: I’m doing Kabir’s Fugly as well as Jhoom, which was shot in Dubai and should be releasing pretty soon.