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With Hadiqa Kiani releasing great renditions of popular Sufi qawwalis as part of WAJD, her latest album has easily become one of her most distinct yet. However, more than the singer’s melodious vocals, an even more important aspect has turned out to be the videos that have been shot by acclaimed director, Abdullah Harris for their aesthetics. From her smart red outfit in ‘Kamli’ to the visual composition in ‘Aaj Rang Hai’, each new song has left a mark and now, ‘Chaap Tilak’ is no different.

Also read: ‘Aaj Rung Hai’ brings the soul back to sufi music

Boasting some lovely visuals, while showing a typical mehndi setting, the main cast includes, Hadiqa Kiana, Hasnain Lehri and Anoushey Mughal, who are all decked up in breathtaking Ali Xeeshan numbers, which remain the focus for the entire duration of the video. The colours, and flair of each outfit is a signature of the designer’s beautiful handiwork and easily steals the show.

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The bright colours and gorgeous embellishments boast of Ali Xeeshan’s signature aesthetic

What’s interesting in the video is the use of the savvy camera work, which adopts a first person angle at times and shows the view from the dulha’s perspective. This switch in perspective gives a unique touch to the video. Coming to the music, which has a great raw feel to it, the focus rightly remains on the vocals since the backup music is not over powering, hence successfully doing justice to Hazrat Amir Khusro’s beautiful lyrics.  That being said, it would have been nice to see an actual storyline and plot in the video though, instead of just a mehndi scene, but overall it makes for a pleasant ‘feel good’ video.

Hadiqa Kiani talks about ‘Chaap Tilak’ amidst marigolds and mehndi

Watch the video below: