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Four sexy Pakistani men entertaining us in lockdown. Taher Shah is one, Imran Khan isn’t

Pakistanis already had £1 Fish man, flying TikTok uncle and ad maker Waseem Hassan keeping them hooked. But Taher Shah decided to make this lockdown easier.

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Covid-19 can dampen our spirits but it won’t deter our talent. There are four sexy Pakistani men who are bringing joy to our lonely lockdown lives these days. And no, Imran Khan isn’t one of them.

After all, Pakistan mein talent ki koi kami nahin hai.

Whenever I hear someone say this, I actually believe it. Reason? Look around, didn’t we all just watch Taher Shah’s sequel of the Angel song that recently came out as… what else but Farishta? Now if you mix this talent with Pakistan being the third sexiest nation in the world, the results will truly be explosive. Thanks to Taher Shah, I am not wrong.

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Farishta in times of corona

Epitomising this grand mixture of talent with sexiness is the purple sensation who has come as a ‘farishta’ in these dark times — Taher Shah, he who didn’t shy away from becoming an angel with a hairy chest in this vain world. Only real men can become purple angels. By the way, that purple angel dress which he himself had designed was way ahead of its times. Angel would later become a go-to word for Pakistan’s establishment.

Lest we digress, Taher Shah is back among us. After keeping us waiting for four years, he has released Farishta, in an animated form this time, but every bit as funny as Angel to help us laugh as we worry about the coronavirus.

For Shah, it all began with Eye-to-Eye and the world has never been the same for our eyes since. Dressed in all white and all black suit, with long flowing hair, singing, humming, dancing to his own tunes, Taher Shah told us something that we didn’t know: “Essential, sensational eyes, My eyes and your eyes.” He warned us about the current times of coronavirus pandemic and social distancing when he sang, “Keep your love in the soul, Make love with eye to eye.”

But were we even paying attention? Life just imitated art.

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Have a, have a look, one £ fish

Way before Taher Shah opened my fabulous eyes and your exciting eyes, the world had discovered Fish-and-Man. The sensational Shahid Nazir, a Pakistani fishmonger at Queen’s Market in London, would sing out loud “Come on ladies, Come on ladies One Pound Fish!” to attract customers. Someone shot a video of him and put it on YouTube and Nazir became an internet sensation overnight. Millions of YouTube views was an extraordinary achievement for an ordinary man that resonated with so many people. He was now The One £ Fish Man. The fish man went on to perform his song on the reality show The X Factor and was signed by Warner Music.

Nazir released another song in a tribute to Michael Jackson. “Michael Jackson we all love you, we all miss you.” Nazir performing as the ‘King of Pop’ was perhaps the only time we thought so deeply about what Jackson’s death meant to us. Nazir shouting Jackson’s “whoaaaaa” and his moonwalk must have made Jackson turn in his grave. Or laugh even, who knows.

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Flying TikTok uncle

At a time when we can’t go anywhere of our own free will, there is a TitTok celebrity who is flying anywhere he wants to. Don’t bother if the international flights, trains, buses, motorbikes or skiing are all closed — no one can stop Jam Safdar. And what are all these modes for Safdar anyway; he can just stop a moving train to take his selfie. He is flying visa free on the wings of an airplane with a Dhoom Machale beat. He became a rocket that was launched in the sky; next he is in an air balloon basket. He can put on wings and fly like an angel too. Safdar can be our Tom Ellis in the local version of Netflix’s Lucifer.

In pursuit of his passion for travelling, he has been taking help of animals too: One time he was riding on tigers and then he was seen flying with the help of an owl. And if any of this doesn’t work for you, Safdar has just booked a premium carpet for his next travel expedition. If you are not doing what Safdar is, then you’re doing the quarantine wrong.

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Aaxcuse me, aap bhi?

Waseem Hassan Sheikh is the man who brought revolution with “Aaxcuse me, aap bhi?”. An adman who changed the aesthetics of advertising in Pakistan forever. His local ads entail sharp scripts and even sharper dance moves with an electrifying wardrobe. And you can’t go without dancing in his ad-world, whether you’re selling biryani, talcum power, haleem or popsicles. It was with Kit Kat talcum powder that Sheikh became an internet heartthrob with the ad’s signature tagline Aaxcuse me, aap bhi?, implying that you also use the same product.

His ads are a laugh-riot. In Johnny & Jugnu shami burger ad, Sheikh is dressed as a snake charmer who brings out a shami burger in a basket. As soon as he takes one bite, he becomes part of Pakistan’s so-called burger crowd, his clothes change and so does his language. Who would have thought it could be this way but Sheikh knows best.

He is selling haleem with Shah Rukh Khan’s Mehndi laga ke rakhna as Cozy haleem yaara, zaiqa hai iska pyara’. I mean what? Zaiqa is never pyara but those steps just left SRK and Kajol behind. In all his local brands that carry male names like ‘Nawab (biryani), Bahadur (grocery store) or Talha (photography), Sheikh acts like a jealous, possessive boyfriend. But all is fixed in the end when the couple break into a dance, of course. Don’t underestimate Sheikh as a local admaker, he can do international work from home, like in his ad for an Abu Dhabi Boti street restaurant, dressed as an Arab with a camel. Aaxcuse me, aap bhi? 

The author is a freelance journalist from Pakistan. Her Twitter handle is @nailainayat. Views are personal.

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  1. India must die for pakistan to be safe all muslims should go to one place in india and stay there as soon as possible Pakistan nukes will rain down on their city’s mumbai and delhi will be missing but until then god willing the corona virus will kill them off

  2. What hatred this man has for other human beings because they happen to be muslim.
    What a sad life he must have and a poisoned mind.

  3. Almost 80 percent of Indians feel like you Mr Kuldip Chaku and rest 20 percent are mere domicile of India. They donot feel for India. Take the latest episode of Covid 19. India would have been in much better position today to control spread of this virus if JAMAT congregation had not taken place. They further made the situation worst by not cooperating with the administration and going to the extent of attacking police and medical staff. No one from that gang of Pakistan lovers has spoken a word against this bunch of mullas. Disgraceful.

  4. Kuldip sb .. you are an idiot,hypocrate & and a syco
    Pls get yourself checked in a good hospital .. and take guidance from some elderly wise guy ..
    But not from your family members .
    As they may be same as you are ..
    Thanks for reading this advise .

  5. Can’t stop laughing man, who is the titok person riding lion in the middle of the story too good. Waseem Sheikh is a LEGEND especially his nawab biryani advertisement is a masterpiece & worthy of Pakistan’s highest award pride of performance

  6. Refreshing column as always. Thank you Naila Inayat for sharing the sexiest of your country with the world.

  7. You indians have mega jokes like Modi and blockbuster 18+entertainment for Suny Leoan , 😉 while sometimes our PAF heroes drops your Mig 21 for our entertainment
    ” I am not supposed to tell you But Tea was fantastic” Abhinandend

    • 1948, 1965, 1971, 1990 was entertaining for us. 1971 was block buster one, even Kapil Sharma can’t stand to that ground. Plz keep us entertaining 😂😁😁

  8. Maybe Pakistan have More important news Then It.
    Sheikh rashid Have confessed that Pakistani corona Deaths Is underreported in Clash with imran khan show.
    People came Dead in hospitals by corona. And Still there is No report..

    Hope Pakistan keep do it and 22 cr Suffer More But This Is Not Thing To hide In indian News website.

    Yes You can call me Modi bhakt But u cant Counter my argument

    • oooh god.please think about ur country.you know one thing its blessing for us that modi become pm again.time will show you…..bloody racist nazzzzziiies

  9. Seems like you have nothing to do in life except researching jokers from failed state. Time to question the print quality ?

    • I have seen The Print being bashed by both anti modi factions and Modi loving faction as well. That actually is a sign of good journalism as it implies they are biased for any one faction. Although I would say the scales are quite tilted anti Modi group.

  10. Why indian liberals have a fascination for pakistan is beyond comprehension. They called Burhan wani handsome, his father a poor teacher, and what not. That is why people like me have a special dislike for these idiots. They talk about women empowerment but oppose triple talaq, they condemn lynching of muslims but their mouths are sealed when an innocent hindu like Ankit sharma is killed. They dont condemn the attack on police and doctors by muslims but go all out against any hindu outfit. Hypocrites of the worst order. They are basically cowards who know that if they say anything against islam, they will be beheaded.

    • What stops media to interview wife of modi
      She had faced lot of discrimination at hands of modi.ram left her seven years now compare it with modi

    • You are a Hindutva shameless bigot whatever you said is propaganda and nothing else You people along with your fascist organization RSS and other murderous Hindu outfits go against anyone who speaks truth about what is happening in India
      You are completely exposed damage is done there in repair possible You will see in future you will be on receiving end

    • There is not any law like of so called isis made Islamic Sharia which behead anyone , hindu larkey ka humein toh nahin pata , sindh ke gaon mein feudalism hai , aur police ka kaam hota hai uss ke mata pita ko insaaf dilwaye,kashmiri log khud ke huqooq ke liye larai ker rahe hain,aur jhotti khabrein mat phelaya karein indians muslims kabhi aisey hi attack nahin kartey , air lockdown hai Pakistan mein toh lockdown hai toh kaisey Niklein log protest karein uss hindu larkey ke haq mein , aisi wardaatein hoti rehti hain had jagah har country , tum batao indian mein pune aur rajasthan ke doctors ney pregnant muslim ladies ka illaj tak nahin kiya jis ke natijey mein unn ke bachon ki delivery ke waqt death hogayi thhi , ab khud ke minorities ka tum saanghi so called parhe like doctor illaj tak nahin karein gey.

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