I hate you, Ali Gul Pir

Published: June 20, 2012
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Ali Gul Pir, I hate you.

I hate you because I just watched your music video on YouTube; the same video that people are frantically passing around; the same video that has even managed to catch celebrity attention.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy @sharmeenochinoy

Waderay ka beta: Hilarious track & oh so true!

Catharsis Boy @CatharsisBoy

Ali Gul Pir making fun of waderas using wadera money. That’s funnier than the youtube video itself.

FU @VitalSaeen

My profile is now inspired by Waderai Ka Beta :D

I hate you for writing, singing and putting up this song.

What I hate even more is that I can’t stop singing ‘waderai ka beta waderai ka beta‘.

I hate you , Ali Gul Pir, because I didn’t think of this idea first. Once in a while, a great artistic piece comes along that appeals to the masses, yet it is a work of genius and has an impact on our society by making them laugh. Every comedian dreams of writing that piece. As a comedian myself, I love to encourage my fellow comedian friends, but I’m only human.

Why did you have to raise the bar and make it harder for the rest of us, man? As if making people laugh was easy to begin with, you’ve hammered us with the complete package.

Why couldn’t you do something mediocre so that we wouldn’t have to work more on our material?

Instead, you give us “Waderai Ka Beta“, the funniest song I’ve heard in ages. And for those reading this, if you haven’t heard the song yet, please crawl out of that lustrous Hummer you’ve been pimping around in and listen to one of the wittiest diatribe and parody of our society and people by this dude.

On the face of it, Gul Pir may have written a few funny lyrics about his own ethnic people. However, what is commendable is that he has managed to frame it in such a way that it has resonated with people all over.

Gul Pir’s song is a careful study of  feudal lords, who roam around freely and act in the very manner that he jokes about.

The reason why this song is so funny is because it is so very true.

“Meri nursery se metric tak sab degrian hain jali.”

(All my results from nursery to grade 10 are fake.)

“Jhoota case laga kar tujhe bana don ga qaidi.”

(Will put a false case on you and put you in prison.)

These words only elicit a roar of laughter because you know this isn’t just the Sindhis he is talking about. These are our politicians, our leaders and, if we are honest enough to admit it, Gul Pir is talking about us.

It’s not just the lyrics he’s got right though. The look he has given himself and the video catches the whole essence perfectly. His hair slicked back, his bold body language, his moustache, his luxuries, his arrogance – everything about the video is authentic yet fresh. The black suit, aviators and Ajrak just put the ribbon on it.

Perhaps what made me laugh most was the thought that I’ve met and know people exactly like this. I couldn’t wait to show my Sindhi friends this video and poke fun at them immediately after I saw it. The mark of a good video is when you just can’t wait to pass it on – this one has been viewed a staggering 227,710 times since it was uploaded on June 14.

Let me reiterate here, I hate you Ali Gul Pir.

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Salman Qureshi

A Masters graduate in International Business from the University of Wollongong Dubai. He is a standup and Improv comedian based in Dubai with an intense interest in reviving and supporting arts in Pakistan. He blogs at: salmanzq.blogspot.com/

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