enter image description hereTaher Shah has become an internet phenomenon. The once completely unknown singer who released a song and video ‘Eye to Eye’ two months ago, recently found himself becoming an overnight sensation.

A number of theories have been doing the rounds about Shah’s sudden fame. But it is the lyrics of his soft, romantic ditty that have been (and still are) the central focus of curiosity among millions of listeners and viewers who continue to watch the video and listen to the song over and over again.

Taher remains to be a mystery. He’s in his late 40s and by the looks of it seems to be an accomplished singer and songwriter. But the question is where Shah was when Pakistan’s pop music scene was booming in the 1990s?

Dawn.com reporters covering the Shah phenomenon suggest that Shah is a trained composer, songwriter and vocalist who somehow missed the boom that Pakistan’s pop scene witnessed in the 1990s when Shah was in his 20s.

When, after a long wait, our reporters did manage to get through to Shah (on the phone), Shah claimed: ‘Now’s the times of love ripe patience beholds precious time.’

As is apparent, his response is as enigmatic as the much debated lyrics of his mega hit song, ‘Eye to Eye.’

But first, let’s again see the video and listen to the song …

Video:

Though Shah continues to withhold the details of his background and life from the press, saying ‘it’s a private part of my life,’ our reporters finally managed to get two of his close associates to reveal a few but vital aspects of Shah’s personality and life.

But they insisted that their names should not be published because Shah would then definitely fire them from his entourage of musicians, photographers, video cameramen and wardrobe designers.

‘He is a very private man,’ one of the two assistants that we talked to told us. ‘Even his closest friends rarely see him. He spends most of his time in his sprawling study doing research on love, spirituality and the human anatomy. Then he plays the saxophone deep into the night.’

According to his assistants, Shah was born in Mirpurkhas in the Sindh province of Pakistan sometime in the early 1960s. He comes from a family that struggled to make ends meet.

The assistants weren’t sure what kind of a childhood Shah had but added that he had to wait tables at roadside restaurants in Mirpurkhas to supplement his studies at school and college.

‘He would work at these restaurants from morning till afternoon, attend evening school and then college where he studied biology,’ one of the assistants informed us. ‘He would then read books on agriculture and botany at home and play the tuba deep into the night.’

There are also rumours about Shah being arrested in July 1977 when military General, Ziaul Haq, toppled Z A. Bhutto’s government.

A rare photo of Taher Shah in late 1970s.
A rare photo of Taher Shah in late 1970s.
‘We have heard that as well,’ the assistant said. ‘But Shah doesn’t talk much about that episode. He says at the time of Bhutto’s Saheb’s fall, he (Shah) was busy playing the flute deep into the night.’

‘It’s a very touchy subject for him’, the other assistant added.

Another rumour doing the rounds is that Shah played the saxophone on some songs recorded by Pakistan’s seminal pop vocalist Alamgir in the early 1980s.

‘All we know is that he moved to Karachi in the 1980s,’ said one of the assistants. ‘He used to wait tables at a restaurant in the Tariq Road area of the city to supplement his studies at the Karachi University where he had enrolled as a student of alternative psychology.’

The assistants, however, confirmed, that Shah did play the saxophone as a sessions musician on some songs recorded by famous Pakistani pop singer of the 1980s, Tehseen Javed.

‘Javed looked a lot like Alamgir,’ said one of the assistants. ‘Maybe that’s why some people think Shah Jee played with Alamgir. But it was on a few songs recorded by Javed that Shah Jee played the saxophone. He wanted to quit waiting tables and supplement his studies and research as a session musician.’

Another rare photo of Shah, most probably taken in the mid-1980s.
Another rare photo of Shah, most probably taken in the mid-1980s.

But we come back to the same question: ‘Where was Shah when bands like Vital Signs, Junoon and The Strings were kick-starting a major pop wave in Pakistan from the late 1980s and across the 1990s?

When our reporter asked Shah this, he explained: ‘I always been very studious man. When mouses play, cat delay …’

One of his assistants claimed that Shah almost quit music in the late 1980s: ‘It was a very stressful period in his life. Even though he was doing well at the university as a student, he wasn’t getting any gigs as a singer.”

According to the assistant Shah’s big break came in 1988 when famous Qawali group, the Sabri Brothers, asked him to join them for a tour of Dubai. He went to audition for them with his saxophone, but they told him that the dynamics of Qawali music had no room for a saxophone.

‘They just wanted him to sit there with the other qawals, clap his hands and go aaaaah, ahhhh … He later found out that the brothers had just wanted a man with long, curly hair.’

Then the assistant added something very intriguing: ‘You know about the words ‘aaaahh, ahhhhh, ahhh, hmmm, hmmmm, hmmmm’ that Shah Jee sings on Eye to Eye? Well, that’s him alluding to that traumatic episode.’

Immediately, one of our reporters got in contact with Shah and asked about this revelation. He cracked a slight, polite laugh and said: ‘It for peoples and fan mails to understanding deeply meaning is that I ahhh, ahhh and hmm, hmm … All I know about Sabri Bhai Jans is Sabri Nihari on Burns Road Karachi-London-Paris …’

According to the few close friends and associates that Shah has, he lived a life of a recluse between 1991 and 2012, doing research on love, astronomy and palmistry. It is also said that he was in continuous contact (via email) with famous Indian-American spiritualist and New Age guru, Deepak Chopra.

Our reporter asked Shah about this and he replied: ‘Deepak Kambata Sahib very kind, soft-like, fairy man. He has vast knowledge of planets and galaxies in souls of humankinds and I once play saxophone on email to him and he very touched and said buttercups coming out of mouth of saxophone …’

One of the assistants told us that he has been with Shah for over 20 years and still finds him to be a very mysterious and enigmatic person: ‘Please do not publish my name, but now that you people have got me talking and Shah Jee has become such a hit, I think his listeners have a right to know at least something about the man.’

We asked him to tell us whatever he knows, and this is what he said: ‘You know, there is a feeling in his band and among roadies and assistants like me that Shah Jee transforms into becoming something else at night.’

Something else?

‘Yes, he changes shape,’ He said. ‘Some say he becomes a butterfly, some say he becomes a bat and there are those who believe that he becomes a saxophone that plays deep into the night. I know this may be sounding silly, but I know for a fact that Shah Jee practices alchemy and it is through years and years of practicing alchemy that he came up with this beauty of a song (Eye to Eye).’

We asked the assistant about the meaning of the lyrics in the song and whether they really were that layered and special for thousands of people out there to debate?

‘Indeed, they are’ he said.

What he said next made us jump up in surprise: ‘First, Eye to Eye is about ISI.’

ISI, the Pakistan intelligence agency?

‘Yes,’ said the assistant, and began softly humming the song: ‘Eye to eye, ISI … get it?’ He smiled wide.

He continued: ‘Recall the opening verses of the song: EYE TO EYE, EYE TO EYE, EYE TO EYE. ESSENTIAL, SENSATIONAL EYES, MY EYES AND YOUR EYES, COLORFUL EYES, OUR EYES, FABULOUS, EXCITING EYES …’

The other assistant added: ‘These lines are an homage to our proud spy agency, ISI. So Eye to Eye sounds like ISI and is also a symbolic metaphor for spies – our spies and their spies and the spying eyes of Shah Jee who puts his eyes on fabulous and exciting spies like James Bond, Jason Bourne and Shuja Pasha. Shah Jee is a great fan of spy movies and novels.’

We asked the assistants what else the song was speaking about.

‘Well, the ISI homage and theme continues across the song,’ one of them explained. ‘I have already explained what the ‘hmmm, hmmm, aahhh, aahhh’ is alluding to. But let’s move on to the next set of verses: KEEP YOUR LOVE IN THE SOUL, MAKE LOVE WITH EYE TO EYE, YOUR FACE AND GLORIOUS EYES, I CAN SEE WITH MY SPECTRUM EYES …’

According to the assistant, the first two lines Shah wrote after watching an old photograph of former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant: ‘It’s about tight jeans,’ he said.

The 1970s Robert Plant pic that inspired Shah to write, ‘Keep your love in the soul …’
The 1970s Robert Plant pic that inspired Shah to write, ‘Keep your love in the soul …’

The assistant went on: ‘Keep your love in the soul, make love with eye to eye …’ In these words Shah Jee is suggesting that one should avoid wearing tight jeans; one should exercise abstinence and celibacy and instead use his energies by joining the ISI.’

He added: ‘The words ‘your face and glorious eyes, I can see with my spectrum eyes ...’, came after years of practice and research gave Shah Jee the ability to see through the glorious but dangerous eye of the Illuminati on Dollar bills.’

The ‘spectrum eye?’
The ‘spectrum eye?’

Our reporter asked Shah about the illuminati theory in these lyrics. He responded by smiling: ‘I decent man, so not use bad words like the ullu ki pathi … but lyric is deep sea like so anyones can fish meaning …dolphin, shark, whale, pomfret, crab, polar bear, panda, whatever … but I use spectrum eye that I got after staring at wall for 24 hours until they turn blue from Charlie Brown …’

We turned towards the assistants to take us through the rest of the lyrics.

‘Well …’ said one of them, let’s now move to the next two lines: IT'S A GENUINE CLASSIC LOVE, SERIOUS FEELINGS ROMANTIC LOVE, MY PRIDE, EYE TO EYE, GLOWING WITH YOUR SPARKLING EYES …’

‘Here Shah Jee is talking about Pakola’s original, classic Ice Cream Soda and how serious a concern it was for him when Pakola changed the formula and the design of the bottle. He was heartbroken when he saw Pakola Ice Cream Soda’s new plastic bottles. It was like someone had turned his romantic memories of childhood into plastic moments. In the lyrics, he insists that Pakola Ice Cream Soda is our nation’s pride and has more sparkle than 7Up.’

Pakola Ice Cream Soda: ‘It’s a genuine, classic love … glowing with your sparkling eyes’.
Pakola Ice Cream Soda: ‘It’s a genuine, classic love … glowing with your sparkling eyes’.

This might very well be true because one of our reporters told us that when he met Shah he was sipping from a Pakola can and said: ‘This not same thing tin …’

The next line: ‘OUR ELEGANT SPECIAL LOVE SINCERE PROMISE BLESSFUL LOVE …’ is believed to be Shah’s continuing tribute to the Pakola and how he will keep enjoying Pakola even if he developed diabetes.

‘It’s a sincere promise that he once made to a Pakola bottle in his childhood,’ said an assistant. ‘He told the bottle that he will keep having Pakola forever and ever.’

Shah too agrees: ‘Yes, I still talks to that old bottle.’

The song continues: ‘SIMPLE, CHARMING EYES, MY EYES AND YOUR EYES, DREAMING FAIRY’S EYES, OUR EYES, STYLISH EXCELLENT HUMAN'S EYES … HMMM, HMMM, HMMM, AAHHH, AAHHH, AAHHH … ’

According to his close associates, here Shah is talking about his favorite pet poodle, Fairy, who is always dreaming of food. In the lyrics Shah suggests that Fairy sees the world with human eyes and that whenever she sees him coming towards her with her lunch, she goes, ‘hmmmm, hmmmm, aahhhh, aahhh …’

Fairy.
Fairy.

The next set of lyrics is: ‘EYE TO EYE MAKES EPIC ERA LOVE LIFE TIME ONCE IN A LIFE. SUBSTANTIAL LOVE IS HEAVEN FOR PRECISE EYES. SPECTACULAR EYES, OUR EYES, MY EYES AND YOUR EYES, EYE TO EYE, EYE TO EYE …’

These are spoken by Shah instead of being sung. This time we implored Shah to explain them himself. After much hesitation he agreed: ‘I talks here about 24/7 hours non-stopping pleasure gained from one eyes ball to other eyes ball when two eyes of same person meet people think he cock-eyed but he just enjoying act of eye to eye lovemaking eye ball of left eye bouncing with eye ball of right eye on and on defining epic era of epileptic love … very simple, really, hehe.’

One of the two assistants that we had been (secretly) talking to then took us through the rest of the lyrics: ‘After the talking bit, Shah Jee goes on to sing: ‘… BEAUTIFUL EYES HAS ENDLESS LOVE, YOUR EYES ARE LIKE A SUN SHINE, YOUR PRECIOUS HEART BELONGS TO ME BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, TRUE LOVE ALWAYS SMILE, YOU ARE MINE, ALWAYS MINE ...’ Very few know that in these lyrics, Shah Jee is actually trying to define the physics behind black holes and how even the light of the sun cannot escape the gravity found in these theoretical holes in the space.’

He adds: ‘It’s about the endlessness of space. A daunting thought but the one he finds beautiful. As an astronomy enthusiast he is always trying to peek into the heart of wormholes and black holes with his telescopic eye …’

Then we come to what many of Shah’s fans consider to be perhaps the most beautiful and ingenious lyrics of the song: ‘YOUR LOVE IS FAITHFUL FOREVER AND EVER WITHOUT YOU I AM LIKE A BUTTERFLY … WITHOUT FLOWER …’

The assistant says these lyrics are about his favorite white suit and how once when he forgot to put a flower in the suit’s front pocket, he felt like a butterfly without a flower. It was a very stressful episode and he wept for 24/7 hours.

‘I’m like a butterfly …’
‘I’m like a butterfly …’

With the last set of lyrics Shah exits by giving rousing climatic touches to all the themes that he explores in the wonderful, intriguing song:

‘BEAUTIFUL EYES HAS ENDLESS LOVE, EYE TO EYE, EYE TO EYE, EYE TO EYE, WONDERFUL, GORGEOUS EYES …’

Here he begins to pay tribute to ISI again and offers his endless services to this wonderful, gorgeous agency.

‘MY EYES AND YOUR EYES. EMOTIONAL AND HAPPY EYES, ALL LOVELY EYES FULL OF LIFE, EYE TO EYE, EYE TO EYE, EYE TO EYE …

Here Shah gets emotional because he’s about to finish writing the song but then gets happy when one of his assistants gets him his lunch. And this is what inspires him to write the song’s last verse:

‘HMMM, HMMM, HMMM …. AAHHHAAHA, AAHHHAAHA, AAHHHAAHA …’


Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and Dawn.com


The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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KK
Jul 03, 2013 10:20am

NFP - You little hilarious beauty

Paracha_Fan
Jul 03, 2013 10:28am

Kiya likha hai! but awesome as always.....

Usman
Jul 03, 2013 10:52am

ufff....NFP you have out done your self.....hilarious.....and thank you for not dragging mullahs and IK in it!

Usman
Jul 03, 2013 10:52am

Scrap as usual by NFP.

Osman
Jul 03, 2013 10:56am

ISI - a Poodle - Sabri Bros - Black Holes - Tight Jeans - and a sumptuous lunch... this is one big bag of masala mix :)

akhtar
Jul 03, 2013 11:03am

taher shah-eye to eye. nfp-deep into the night.

Jawad
Jul 03, 2013 10:59am

Haters keep Hating...

Syed Asad Shah
Jul 03, 2013 11:13am

Well that was hilarious, specially that ''I am a butterfly" part and the photoshopped picture literally made me roll over the floor and under the bed, laughing. Good job NFP

Zain
Jul 03, 2013 11:14am

Total Bluff. tricky .. nice!

Urisilla Anjum
Jul 03, 2013 11:19am

"""Our reporter asked Shah about the illuminati theory in these lyrics. He responded by smiling: ‘I decent man, so not use bad words like the ullu ki pathi …""

LOL!! NFP your sense of humour is what is saving this counry from total collapse. :)

Sharp straight-faced satire of quality again. Keep us rolling.

Ali S
Jul 03, 2013 11:22am

When I read the first page, I was like "This guy can't be serious..." and sure enough, by the last page, it was just NFP being his quirky self :)

Urisilla Anjum
Jul 03, 2013 11:28am

I'm sure many have taken this piece as actual reportage. Sign of top-notch satire.

Urisilla Anjum
Jul 03, 2013 11:25am

@Ali S: True. NFP at his quikerkiest best. Love the way his satarical stuff sneaks up behind you and bites like a Mad Hatter! :)

Expert Taher Shah Eyes
Jul 03, 2013 11:38am

"Without you I'm like a butterfly-- without fly"

Is it flower, is it fly? Great debate. If it is fly, it would make the most hilarious jokes!

Lolz
Jul 03, 2013 11:45am

Waila reporter !! Had nothing better to explore :)

Shiraz
Jul 03, 2013 11:53am

NFP Saab, itne faarisgh ho gae aap k itni lambi kahaani likh di, wo b bina sar paer k? :D It was funny though.

Syeda Jafri
Jul 03, 2013 11:56am

I mean this is the real sense of humor! Hillarious indeed

Khota
Jul 03, 2013 12:16pm

If the writer does not know, where was the Internet in the early nineties, then he is not a good reporter at all.

Khota
Jul 03, 2013 12:15pm

The pictures look a lot like Michael Jackson, in early life. Just the latest is fat enough.

yawar
Jul 03, 2013 12:13pm

@Khota: LOL! You just fell into his trap. It's SATIRE, bro.

Khota
Jul 03, 2013 12:19pm

@Paracha_Fan: Millat ka fan. Made in Lalam-USA.

Nabeel
Jul 03, 2013 12:29pm

it was Sarcasm indeed, some people are taking this article seriously, even the pictures are fake.

Usman Raza
Jul 03, 2013 12:40pm

Dear If he was arrested in 1977, and he is in his late 40's now, then was he arrested at the age of 4 years to 14 years. so he was arrested from school?

Imran
Jul 03, 2013 12:48pm

@Usman Raza: LOLZ!! Another bites the dust. NFP must be having a ball with so many people taking this satire so seriously. He's called prince of satire for a good reason. :)

imran
Jul 03, 2013 12:59pm

TROLL

Saleem A
Jul 03, 2013 01:07pm

DAWN now wants to become The Onion??

SAH
Jul 03, 2013 01:13pm

Too overstretched; it actually became boring.

AD
Jul 03, 2013 01:17pm

@Saleem A: NFP was writing satire in Pakistan before anyone even knew what The Onion was.

deehanrarsi
Jul 03, 2013 02:10pm

nice feature, song was useless b4, now it iz totally senseless

Maria
Jul 03, 2013 02:39pm

Fab ! :-D

Ahsan
Jul 03, 2013 02:46pm

He was busy in writing eye to eye :)

Tahir A
Jul 03, 2013 02:54pm

Is he the same bloke who claims to hold a chair at an Ivy League US university in Classic music?

He is at pains in explaining to us what "sa re ga ma pada nisa" is all about and the beauty of the wind pipe when connected together.

waqar
Jul 03, 2013 02:57pm

when mouses play cat delay :) hehehehe

ss
Jul 03, 2013 03:07pm

it's toooooooooo long

Eye to NFP
Jul 03, 2013 03:16pm

Haha. Classic satire. The reader is thrown back and forth thinking is this serious or is this satire. NFP, you're a master satirist.

This reminds me of a piece you did on Zaid Hamid a few years ago where you suggested that Zaid Hamid was caught watching an Indian film on the DVD player. I remember so many of us actually took that piece for real.

You are tricky, slippery and mischevious fellow, NFP. Viva! :)

mansoor
Jul 03, 2013 03:26pm

lol, NFP sometime you too good.

Nooriezk
Jul 03, 2013 03:37pm

Colorful eyes ! Exciting eyes ! Eye to Eyes ;)

Murali
Jul 03, 2013 03:39pm

Sorry, NFP, but Tahir is not worshipping the ISI. He is a weapon of mass destruction created by RAW to tarnish the image of Pakistan. Lol

Nasir Saeed
Jul 03, 2013 04:04pm

NFP, you need to stop whatever your on!!! or you should learn to share!!

Gulbaz
Jul 03, 2013 04:09pm

For half of the article, I considered it serious. And after "Shah's promise with Pakola bottle", I thought at first.."WHAT, IS SHAH MAD?" Then suddenly, It came to my mind .... "Wait.. Wait.. Wait .. NFP can't be serious".. OMG its staire. WOW

Muhammad Ahmed
Jul 03, 2013 05:16pm

Good One NFP! I will be waiting for next part of Eye to Eye which rumors say might be describing root causes of all the problems being faced by Pakistan. The lyrics are rumored to be be "My oh My........"

G.A.
Jul 03, 2013 05:20pm

This has to be the most cunning satire ever. If NFP hadn't mentioned Pakola it would've left me guessing till the end.

Sanghita
Jul 03, 2013 06:08pm

NFP took so much of effort to shoot a video for this write up :).. BTW the person in the video looks and sounds like Bappi Lahiri (only the gold chains are missing..LOL

Adnan Khan
Jul 03, 2013 06:19pm

This is truly a masterpiece. Like many others I didn't catch the sattire until I got to the Qawalli part. Brilliant writing NFP...

Hassan Khan
Jul 03, 2013 06:19pm

hahahha....Seriously? Like all the patients of mental hospital have piled their lyrics together or a one sentence explained in its own way by all the mental patients.

At the end the lyrics come back from where its started.

Danish
Jul 03, 2013 06:33pm

hahahaha NFP you are a genius...

Imran
Jul 03, 2013 06:46pm

@Sanghita:

The video is genuine, NFP did not shoot this for his satire. The satire is on this clip

Arslan
Jul 03, 2013 06:52pm

NFP: hug.

Adnan
Jul 03, 2013 06:57pm

NFP ....sudhar jao....seriously funny

Aiza
Jul 03, 2013 07:33pm

Brilliant satire? Or rather the emperors new clothes!

fahad
Jul 03, 2013 07:44pm

Pakola Ice Cream Soda, kia yaad dila diaa sir, aab sara din depression rahay geee..

G.A.
Jul 03, 2013 07:49pm

Damn you NFP. You made me listen to this crap. I was blissfully unaware of it just a minute ok. I'll avenge this by sending you 'Tooth for Tooth' song.

Arif Ahmad
Jul 03, 2013 07:54pm

:)

Faisal
Jul 03, 2013 08:38pm

Spectrum eyes? needs further explanation....salute to the channels who could air this song.

Naj Haq
Jul 03, 2013 09:01pm

The more we talk about something that deserves none of our attention, the more people will know about it :)

safi
Jul 03, 2013 09:36pm

its a horrible B grade song . i dont know why i become a hit .

nomi
Jul 03, 2013 09:42pm

NPF: Thanks mate. That is great staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it !

Saad Naeem
Jul 03, 2013 10:19pm

This could also have been 'ALSO PAKISTAN VIII'

Saira
Jul 03, 2013 10:19pm

Brilliant Nadeem! Qawali now makes so much sense!

Krish Chennai
Jul 03, 2013 10:40pm

We could hear more of him. The snap of him in the 70s with his hairdo, suggests he could have been an intimate fan of Jimi Hendrix. And moved over later from Hendrix's "in-your-face" style of virtuoso lyrics and guitar.

skeptic
Jul 03, 2013 10:40pm

what an annoying composition.

skeptic
Jul 03, 2013 10:43pm

@G.A.: that's a funny comment.lol

goonga
Jul 03, 2013 11:00pm

This article is as bogus as Shah. Why is such an insipid performer worthy of a write-up?

Bombay BeatZ
Jul 03, 2013 11:02pm

This is Pakistan's version of 'Why this Kolaveri D'. Both make no sense but became overnight hits because of the video going viral on youtube.

naeem
Jul 03, 2013 11:30pm

In marketing it's called Word of Mouth means user or consumers or listeners publicize it in their community n so the product either fails or is a major hit. At least everybody gets to know about it.

naeem
Jul 03, 2013 11:32pm
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Jul 03, 2013 11:39pm

KEeeeeelaaasikkk

Sonal
Jul 03, 2013 11:40pm

Sab luck ki baat hai... The Indian song Kolaveri Di, which is as third grade as Eye for Eye, became such a hit in India. Maybe Shah sahab was inspired by that.

Is there really a cola called Pakola?!?!? And is it really green in colour?? That is amazing!!

Aamir
Jul 03, 2013 11:44pm

NFP at his best, as always . Thanks God its written,composed, sung and directed by Tahir Shah. So i have to kill only one person.

pakfan
Jul 04, 2013 12:15am

Who died and made you an internet sensation. What is spectrum eye?

Qamer Uddin
Jul 04, 2013 12:43am

It was like someone had turned his romantic memories of childhood into plastic moments........... watever credit goes tahir shah ....who has compelled even NF to write on him.....

Sonal
Jul 04, 2013 12:45am

This song is absolutely ridiculously HILARIOUS!!!!! Hahahahahahaha. It must take true genius to create something like this...and true genius to decode it with such patience!

Farah
Jul 04, 2013 01:26am

I thought the first page was it and I posted a blah comment about the article. I just finished reading all of it, and now I get it. Brilliant!

Zahir
Jul 04, 2013 01:55am

he looks close relative of Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga

Karachi Wala
Jul 04, 2013 02:17am

NFP thanks for "Ulloo Ki ......"!!!

SachaPakistani
Jul 04, 2013 02:27am

Great song for people who don't understand english

Sagar Sohail
Jul 04, 2013 02:58am

Please some one play this song over and over to Taliban! Let's go EYE TO EYE with them at least they will have some reason to blow up!!!

Khota
Jul 04, 2013 03:33am

@yawar: Are you sure, after my comments comparing it to MJ - Michael Jackson. Now who is the Khota?

aysha
Jul 04, 2013 03:55am

genion eyes kiilaasik eyes.. is kee eyes main lal mirchain daalo

Khalid
Jul 04, 2013 04:47am

For a moment I thought NFP was serious about this being a master-piece. I don't know if the song was more difficult for my ears or for my eyes. I won't be able to sleep tonight - eye to eye eye to eye la la laa la la laa.....

Bob
Jul 04, 2013 05:06am

Mr Paracha and readers, Sitting here in the U.S.(a little stoned) trying to make sense of this song and trying to understand Pakistani pop music. Ended up with a lesson on sharp witted Pakistani humor. Pure genius. Thank you!

goonga
Jul 04, 2013 05:44am

@Danish: Really? You need to drastically raise your standard of judging people's intellect.

Mohi
Jul 04, 2013 06:12am

Beautiful lyrics. The term 'Sparkling Eyes' touched me the most. I must call it vivid imagery. I don't think assistants' interpretation of the lyrics is completely legit. They seem to be naive and ill-informed as far literary merits are concerned. Their information on Shah's bio might be correct though. I think Shah has lost a lot, including his childhood when he was still a kid. His obsession with spies is quite apparent but it cannot be a recent one, same applies for Pakola drink, as mentioned in your article. This song sums up his memories, obsessions and above all his total existence. This guy may never come up with another song making it a Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'.

Vikas Sharma
Jul 04, 2013 07:07am

Mr Paracha,you really are the biggest rascal in the sub continent, I adore you.

OtherNadeem
Jul 04, 2013 07:50am

Shah is the "Pootie Tang" of desiland!

Shireen
Jul 04, 2013 09:39am

The song actually has a meaning!!! And here I thought he was just mumbling random words :P

Khan
Jul 04, 2013 09:48am

The Urdu version isnt actually very bad compare to the English version he butchered. No doubt he seems very self obsessed man but also kind of mysteriously interesting.

Humayun Altaf
Jul 04, 2013 10:26am

@fahad: keep on listing EYE-2-EYE and u will be over the frustration :)

AA
Jul 04, 2013 11:02am

Come on guys, I think this guy pulled off what very few of us could ever do...I agree this song is not the best any one has heard...but after reading the story by NFP that this guy got all this popularity and he was serving tables in mirpurkhas in his early days...keeping aside the quality of lyrics i think tahir shah has done a great job!

Zainab Abidi
Jul 04, 2013 12:07pm

This is certainly a masterpiece..........Thank you NFP

Mujaahid (RSA)
Jul 04, 2013 12:15pm

My Nomination for Oscars "Tahir Shah". Nadeem watch your back. eye two eyes.

ahmed
Jul 04, 2013 01:10pm

This piece will either get St. Taher Shah canonized, make a Sir Taher Shah out of him, or get Thorbjørn Jagland to nominate him. The land of the Green should be proud of this soiling son.

Vikas Sharma
Jul 04, 2013 01:13pm

@skeptic: who you refering.plz mention complete name

Farhan Rashid 76
Jul 04, 2013 01:41pm

Hahaha....Reading in my office and can't stop laughing. NFP, you should seriously consider writing a script for a movie or atleast get a book published!

Syed Adeel Ahmed
Jul 04, 2013 02:22pm

One of the worst songs I've ever heard. Literally, I felt like spewing after hearing this mindless song even halfway through. I'm still wondering what the hell that was!

aziz
Jul 04, 2013 03:03pm

WTF

Shubs
Jul 04, 2013 03:58pm

@Sonal: Oh please....Kolaveri Di was all irreverence, self depreciating street cool, a very obvious self-parody which cannot be appreciated by non-Tamil speakers...the Mumbai versions of which are the innumerable 'tapori' songs, which again cannot be appreciated by non-Mumbai-lingo speakers. This monstrosity is a completely serious, oblivious to its so-bad-it's-good quality, attempt at BEING cool by someone who has clearly not created this song for its musical quality. He's desperately trying to create a 'hit', and either has no idea of the public's taste, or has some really really bad advisers and friends.

AHB
Jul 04, 2013 04:43pm

I think some people are taking this to be a serious piece when it clearly is a satirical article.

Aon Raza
Jul 04, 2013 04:49pm

this guy is such a big fan of himself...........but it was time someone made something funny......thank you sir me and all my laughing friends salute you...

Nemah
Jul 04, 2013 05:07pm

How can people be so rude?

Anees
Jul 04, 2013 06:18pm

I wonder how much space is there in Dawn to publish such rubbish.

Samra Muslim
Jul 04, 2013 07:06pm

Did a take on how EYE to EYE became viral on social media - do read if you want to see sum numbers: http://samramuslim.com/the-curious-case-of-eye-to-eye/

Fareed Chaudhry
Jul 04, 2013 07:42pm

Silly song. I don't understand why everybody is talking about it. NFP, you have wasted your time and mine. You haven't done us any favors by writing a review sans sense and pictures with no link to the real man or his song.

Hussain
Jul 04, 2013 08:43pm

After Listening this I am going to donate my Eyes I dont need'em anymore.

Ahsan Masood
Jul 04, 2013 09:33pm

oh Mr Paracha you funny man you kidding us!

A Fan
Jul 04, 2013 11:00pm

@Sanghita: you are a little slow! NFP didn't shoot this video! Some guy put this crap on the net and became a sitcom overnight! NFP is making fun of his amazing intellect!

TKhan
Jul 04, 2013 11:35pm

"SPECTACULAR EYES, OUR EYES, MY EYES AND YOUR EYES, EYE TO EYE, EYE TO EYE" Ziaul Haq's EYES; those two eyes never met and not sure even closed together after the mangoes blasted. I am surprise NFP forgot the reference.

Sabri wanted a guy with the curly hair. Priceless!

Adil
Jul 05, 2013 12:42am

Ahhh what the F***!!!!!

ammar
Jul 05, 2013 01:48am

He is probably the best thing that has happened to Pakistan recently. What a talent, what class. He exudes success and those moves..... no match - he is amazing.

H Khan
Jul 05, 2013 02:43am

Everything he plays, he plays "Deep into the night". That's what sleepless nights do to you man... get some sleep. hope you feel better.

Shilpa Sood
Jul 05, 2013 03:04am

Are you serious?? ha ha ha

joker
Jul 05, 2013 05:32am

@Fareed Chaudhry: Apparently you didn't catch the sarcasm in the article!

joker
Jul 05, 2013 05:36am

@safi: It did not become a hit. People need a laugh every now & then watching or listening to something this silly- MUSIC HUM SHARMINDA HEIN- TAHIR SHAH ABHI ZINDA HEI-

JPositive
Jul 05, 2013 06:34am

NFP, for the first time in my life, you wasted my time by making me listen to this silly audio!!

Suleman
Jul 05, 2013 09:32am

The moment I saw the video, I knew NFP is going to butcher him and provide us with something worthwhile as compared to the rest of "Eye-to-Eye" responses.

Thumbs up!

Haroon
Jul 05, 2013 09:39am

Say what you may, but Shah jee has attained what he had set out to do. He is Famous! Fortune will follow.

khurram iftikhar
Jul 05, 2013 10:05am

I have read all 04 pages. nice facts were presented. Believe me; till the end i was thinking it is a critic and you are making fun of him but when i finished the article.. My expression were like "Seriously???; you want us to believe that he is a singer? music composer ? student of music and love?

In the memory of #eye-to-eye; let me laugh for a while at the end of this comment :) :)

Garib Manus
Jul 05, 2013 01:09pm

I guess this is Pakistan's "Kolaveri D..."?

Polaroid Photocopy
Jul 05, 2013 02:27pm

condescending, derogatory and horribly written drivel.

this article seems to be coming from a 5 year old who just learned to write and goes into hysterics over Tom & Jerry's antics. #zeroclass #WMVbx09 #P90X

MagarMach
Jul 05, 2013 02:31pm

After a Huge Success Of Eye to Eye I Decided to release my own sOng named NOSE TO NOSE LYRICS of the sOng are.. Nose to Nose , Cute Nose , pheli nose Motti nose , pakora nose , chapati nose Gorgeous nose , sensational nose , emotional nose Dirty nose and lambi nose Ur nOse , my nose , our nose

Pheeni nose, phudakkarr nose, "Makhi" on nose & chaptee nose, katt gaee nose Soojee huee nose Laal Nose, Gulabi nose Nose to Nose.

My Nose .... your nose .... our nose. Nose .. to ... Nose ...

serious
Jul 05, 2013 03:00pm

What seroiuosly? He sucks .!!!!!!!!!!!

Nazish Hafeez
Jul 05, 2013 03:01pm

@Hussain: lol gud one

Ejaz
Jul 05, 2013 04:50pm

The number of commentators here (most of them venting out their frustrations) shows how popular this song is. So one does not need to have to make sense to be popular these in this age social media!

Fan
Jul 05, 2013 04:58pm

I am a fan of yours NFP, I read every article in the smokers corner.. BUT... how could you waste your and my time on this guy? . Have you run out of things to write about? #disappointed