Shuja Haider | Family Pics, Age, Biography, Education, Height, Weight, Wedding, Wife, Wiki, Scandal & More
Born: Karachi, Pakistan
Siblings: Jawed Hyder, Shani Hyder
Albums: Jawani Phir Nahi Aani (Original Motion Picture Soundtracks), Bol, Ru-Ba-Ru
Shuja Haider or Shuja Hyder is a Pakistani singer, songwriter, composer, music director and record producer. Haider is best known as a playback singer in commercially and critically acclaimed films Khuda Kay Liye (2007) and Bol (2011). He wrote and performed a song in an Indian film Ru Ba Ru (2008) and served as music director for Lux Style Awards for two years.
Haider marked his debut in television as a composer and vocalist for several drama serials such as, Tum Mere Hi Rehna (2014), Muqaddas (2015), Sehra Main Safar (2015) and Mann Mayal (2016). He also released three singles “Tera Woh Payar”, “Baanwerey” and “Nawazishein”, with the former earning him widespread acclaim. In 2016, he marked his Coke Studio debut, as a music director.
Appreciation is vital for any art form to thrive. It will not be wrong to say that the Pakistani music industry is majorly about its stars; the singers and musicians who bask in the spotlight. Little or no attention is paid to music producers who operate rather differently. Unlike their more celebrated colleagues, they choose to work in the quietness of their soundproof studios, piecing together tunes and anthems for which they are seldom recognised.
The story of one of Pakistan’s most established and seasoned music producers, Shuja Haider, is no different. For someone who has been part of the industry for roughly two decades, making some of our most popular songs, Haider has chosen to maintain a very low profile.
The producer, who quite often steps into the vocal booth as a singer, said venturing into this line-of-work was a logical progression for him. “My grandfather Master Sadiq Ali was a musician and producer himself … so the bug was always there,” he told The Express Tribune. Despite being a proponent of a very different style, Haider traces his training back to Ali. “He was very far-sighted. Even at that time [during the 80s] he would say that for the survival of Eastern music, it is imperative to blend it with Western music,” he recalled. “He encouraged us and others to make more fusion music.”
Over the years, Haider has produced for numerous artists, including Ahmed Jahanzeb and Haroon. With the albums of both artists, Parastish and Haroon Ki Awaz, doing well on the charts, Haider’s career went into overdrive.
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Even though he boasts an impressive portfolio, it was his stint as a playback singer on the OSTs of Shoaib Mansoor’s Khuda Kay Liye and Bol that audiences still remember.
It does not come as a surprise that the experience of working with someone of Mansoor’s stature was an unforgettable one for Haider. What impressed Haider most about the creator of Alpha Bravo Charlie and Ankahi was his clarity of thought. “Right now people in the film industry aren’t making music properly. The music for Bol and Khuda Kay Liye, on the other hand, was very conceptual. The brilliant thing about Shoaib sahab is that you know exactly what he wants from you,” he said. “Sound without vision is nothing. It’s like hammering a nail. It’s not music.”
Haider is, however, optimistic about what the future holds for music in Pakistani films. Fortunate enough to have worked alongside Mansoor, Haider also harbours a great deal of admiration for the film-maker’s former protégé, music producer Rohail Hyatt. “Although we haven’t worked together, I have tremendous amount of respect for Rohail and how he has brought about Coke Studio,” he added. “It was his vision and hopefully and you can see that it’s going places.”
Although tight-lipped about his future projects, Haider did reveal that he will be composing the soundtracks for three upcoming films. “I can’t disclose the names right now but I can tell you that they are being produced under the banner of Hum Films.”
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