“‘Titliyan’ video set to release after Eid.” – Bilal Maqsood of Strings

‘Koi Aanay Wala Hai’ had angels flying and beautiful skyscrapers, ‘Humsafar’ took Strings out to Moscow and carries a signature of mystery while ‘Jago’ shed light on the underdog and the vigour to fight back. Before these outstanding videos, there was ‘Aakhri Alvida’ which was shot on the sets of Shootout at Lokhandwala and ‘Yeh Hai Meri Kahani’ that brought Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham inside a studio together for the first time, even if it Sanju Baba or John weren’t singing. They were adding star power and a whole lot of fun.

Now Strings are coming back with ‘Titliyan’ – another video from their last record. One version of the song is running on airwaves via Coke Studio where Strings debuted the song earlier this year.

The new video will be the official one from Strings and has been directed by Soheb Akhtar (famous for directing Mizraab’s ‘Ujalon Mein’).

“Titliyan’s video is ready and is looking good. It is something that will take all of us in our own past. It should come out right after Eid,” says Bilal who is tight-lipped about the video concept.

But that’s not all. As UN Goodwill Ambassadors, Strings are taking the problem of HIV and AIDS head-on.

“We’ve just recorded four PSA’s (Public Service Announcement) with UNICEF which will be aired soon on TV. We interviewed people in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad who are living with HIV or are vulnerable to contracting HIV. We spoke to mothers who are HIV positive and successfully delivered, with the help of appropriate medicines, HIV negative babies. These interviews will be like small documentaries which will air around the AIDS day,” says Bilal about their further plans.

And after Ramadan, get set for Strings setting the stage on fire. “We’re planning a Pakistan college tour… 15 concerts in three cities. We’re working on this plan with our sponsors,” concluded Bilal.

link: The News International – No. 1 English Newspaper from Pakistan – Sunday, September 13, 2009

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