By Sarah Shaukat
The anthem Bol Qalandar starts on an awkward note and may not be spurred on by high-end technology and celebrities … but it more than makes up for it by being so heartwarming and very, very catchy!
Pakistanis are undoubtedly hardcore cricket fans and with PSL in full-swing, we are seeing the cricket spark on the internet. While there is endless excitement before, during, and after the match, there are other tidbits that are keeping the nation busy as well.
The most recent one of all is the new anthem by Lahore Qalandars that brought on the commentaries on Pakistani Twitter soon after it was released this past weekend. After seeing so many raving the anthem we decided to have a look and decide whether it supersedes Groove Mera and Peshawari Zalmi’s Kingdom.
After listening to it one thing worth pointing out is that unlike these two, we do not see any brand ambassadors or celebrities in Bol Qalandar. Instead, the entire team is the heart of this music video. Other than that, a comparison between the three may be unfair as each is in fact in a league of its own. As far as Bol Qalandar is concerned, it does come off as raw, easygoing and feel-good. Sometimes, you don’t need high-flying technological displays or celebrities to make a song a hit! All you need is a lively, energetic video and a catchy tune.
Sung by Lahore’s own Abrar-ul-Haq, Bol Qalandar is an anthem alright! ‘Jeet raha hai, jeet raha hai, jeet raha hai, Pakistan!’ the chorus repeats, epitomizing the spirit behind the PSL.
The music video features some of the top players from Lahore Qalandars dancing their hearts out. They are very obviously having a good time, goofing around, and it all makes you laugh and enjoy the beat.
While listening to it one cannot help but vibe along. We understood what the excitement was all about! And many on Twitter agree…
Some people found the song wholesome!
No phones, just vibes. Wholesome! https://t.co/t1qNmAxLUm
— Murtaza | مرتضٰی (@101Murtaza) February 27, 2021
this is everything. proud of be a lahore qalandar fan. https://t.co/rERmRFpKde
— main aap ki behan nahin (@shmyla) February 27, 2021
It’s all in the vibes!
Peshawar Zalmi: gets amazing, young singers. Great local and international celebrity endorsements. Topnotch production and cinematography.
Lahore Qalandars: vibes only. https://t.co/FZeGvNbtCD
— soha (@SohaTazz) February 27, 2021
iss se ziada vibey anthem laa ke do mujhe. goated imo
— Bugvi. (@mansoorayy) February 27, 2021
YOU ARE HAVING FUN AND THATS ABOUT IT, ITS ALL GOOD IN HERE 🤣💗 pic.twitter.com/AwJphsoGKz
— QALANDARS 🥵⁷ (@JoonieAzkosmos) February 27, 2021
Some believed that the anthem is the true essence of the Lahori soul…well well!
Had to, really had to break my Twitter detox for this gem of a video. Loved it. This song genuinely symbolises Lahore and Lahoriye. Senseless, funny and shodday.
PS: Two cheers for the director for using Dilbar and Dunk's tind as props. https://t.co/lEoLhRVbUq
— Ebad Ahmed (@ebadahmed) February 27, 2021
Lahore Qalandars Anthem is true representation of Lahoڑi culture.
— ྀ (@imzayxo) February 28, 2021
For some, it was a gem!
— Clive (@_vanillawallah) February 27, 2021
While there were many positive reactions, turns out the song wasn’t for everyone. For some, it served as perfect meme content!
100+ memes and gifs can be created. Content hi content ho ga 🔥
— Shampy Daku (@ShampyDaaku) February 27, 2021
— خان صاحب 🇵🇰🇹🇷 (@Itskhan03) February 28, 2021
The memers didn’t disappoint…
Ameero ka aur hamara pic.twitter.com/mz2kqm7Tjp
— salman farsi (@Salaman_farsi) February 28, 2021
— Mohsin Abbasi (@Mohsinabbaccy) February 28, 2021
How to unsee it? pic.twitter.com/AjvO28Tduh
— Zamnah. (LAhore Qalandars) (@anaaresistanam) February 27, 2021
Jab aapko cousins ki shadi mein zabardasti dance karnay ka kaha jaaye
— Dawar Iftikhar (@Dawar_Tweets) February 28, 2021
Some observed that the song may have been made under a low budget but it had totally hit it out of the park!
PAISA LAGAYAY BEGHAIR SAB SAY BEST ANTHEM NIKAAL DIYA LAHORE QALANDARS NAY
FEELING LUCKY TO BE A LQ SUPPORTER <3 https://t.co/Mo3aeHHLK9
— aloo آلو (@kachalooooo) February 28, 2021
Windows 98 pe edit kia hai yeh aur cassette pe record hua hai !!
— ZAAHBOY (@MShahmurad) February 28, 2021
Some were left confused but, we are assuming, in a good way
— 𝒜𝓀𝒶𝓈𝒽×͜× 🇵🇰 (@DNAkash007) February 28, 2021
For us, at least, Bol Qalandar gave off good vibes only! It has a nice ring to it, it is simple and funny and there is an overall feel-good factor to the music video. Indeed, at the PSL, where teams and anthems are supported with whole-hearted nationalism and cricket binds everyone together, ‘jeeet raha hai Pakistan’ rings true!