Zeb Bangash has become a force to be reckoned with across the border

Zeb Bangash to compose songs for Bollywood film 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'

They may have put their musical collaborations on hold temporarily but the cousin duo, Zeb Bangash and Haniya Aslam, are not ones to sit still. Both ladies have been burning the midnight oil in attempts to forge their solo careers.

Recently in an interview, she talks about her treatment of the songs and where she gained her inspiration from.
“Since it was a story set in Bhopal and I come with some Pashtun heritage, I thought it would be nice to have Afghani elements in the fabric of the film’s music. Alankrita (director) wanted to bring the old and new worlds together and see that tension in the story, which is why you hear a diversity of sounds. It has this whimsical quality to it, with the modern flavour in place,” said Zeb of the Hindi version of her song ‘Le Li Jaan’.

Writer and director of Lipstick Under My Burkha Alankrita Shrivastava heard Zeb and Haniya’s ‘Bibi Sanam’ on Coke Studio and found what she was looking for. “I had heard ‘Bibi Sanam’ from Coke Studio and knew that’s the sensibility I was looking for.”

The song Laila Jaan was originally sung by Afghan pop star in the 70s, fast forward to 2013 and Zeb and her partner Haniya gave it a different spin on Coke Studio Season 6 with Rohail Hyatt at its helm. Now, it has a Hindi version in the Bollywood film.


Fareeha Imdad

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