After keeping fans waiting for months, Shoaib Mansoor has finally released a song or rather, an anthem on Women’s Day 2020 that he refers to as Dua-e-Reem where a girl getting married confidently states her expectations before embarking on her marital life.
Reem is an Arabic name for girls meaning pure white antelope
Reem is an animal popular for its beautiful eyes and grace.
Shoaib Mansoor once again has left people applauding his brilliant work through Dua-e-Reem. Mahira Khan beautifully plays the role of a young woman about to get married but disturbed by the views women around her have regarding a successful married life.
The song is shot in a magnificent Haveli that depicts a kind of Mughal era where women had to abide by the rule of following the men of the house–no matter what. The video depicts the views of women living in pre-independence times – before 1947.
Shoaib Mansoor has adapted Iqbal’s popular and much loved Lab Pe Aati Hay Dua very cleverly to explain what people expect young girls getting married should do v/s what young girls anticipate about their new life after marriage.
Shoaib Mansoor is known for his perfection to detail.
He has flawlessly employed the set’s rustic surroundings where women are wearing beautiful traditional dresses and ornaments.
The engaging video is more or less 8 minutes long but does not let the viewers’ interest wander throughout. In the song, Mahira masters her expressions subtly to prompt her disapproval on the thoughts of wives bowing down to abuse and domestic violence to save their marriage. She weaves the concept of equality in marriage effortlessly, into the lyrics of the song.
A Final Word
Dua-e-Reem is about a woman who explains how she would handle any injustice after marriage while praying it never comes her way – It is perhaps, every young woman’s Dua in our country.
Shoaib Mansoor has been very brave to opt for a Dua that is very close to the nation’s heart. This Dua, written by the intensely beloved poet of our nation, Allam Iqbal, was meant for the children of our land, but Shoaib has attempted to adapt it to depict a woman’s narrative in our culture.
Has he created magic onscreen? You tell us!
While some may not to be too happy for the out-of-the-box adaptation – this song might bring the Dua to the attention of many young people in Pakistan who will now have a chance to live Iqbal’s words in a more relatable perspective.
The parting lyrics uttered by Mahira sum it up for us!
“If he likes Roti and I prefer Chaawal,
Let our love be such that we eat,
Roti with Chaawal!“