Kaynaat Naeem | August 2, 2017

‘The bands are back!’ announces Pepsi as it’s about to re-launch its Battle of the Bands (BoB). And there’s some serious hysteria surrounding the show even before it kicks off.  For starters, the selection of the judges has left many in doubt.  The only judge remaining from the beginning BoB edition back in 2002 is Shahi Hasan; best known as a vocalist, bass guitarist, occasional actor, a big-time producer of this modern era and above all an executive of the music industry presently living in U.S. and still very much a rock star. Three of the most influential figures of the country today Atif Aslam, Meesha Shafi and Fawad Khan are joining Shahi Hasan.

Just like a coin has two sides, the same is the case with music; sometimes people appreciate what they see and sometimes they simply don’t get see anything to appreciate.  Showbiz and art can be a very cruel conundrum.  A celebrity may ensure high viewership, but he or she may also face a lot of criticism, even if there is one minute flaw or misjudgement.

For example, when the show’s title song went viral last week it raised some questions in people’s minds: Why has Pepsi Battle of the Bands chosen Fawad Khan as a judge for a music show when it’s been so long that he left music in favour of acting?  Could Meesha, with her exceptional vocals, be entrusted with judging a musical show? Would a singer like Atif Aslam who consistently rules the music charts be able to give the show the required time from his hectic concert schedule?

Well, the world awaits to see the show before we pass on more viewpoints.

Here’s some juicy bits of information on what to expect from the forthcoming show:

Solo originals would be performed by the judges! Fawad, Atif and Meesha will be singing original songs, specifically composed for the show; seemingly, expectations are beyond imagination. Admirers of these stalwart showbiz figures are waiting impatiently and Pepsi has ensured the public of unearthing some ground-breaking new talent.  So, expect the unexpected and get ready for a thrilling music season with Pepsi’s Battle of the Bands, 2017.

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