Life in Comics: HIP talks to the people behind Pasbaan-The Guardian lyrics, OST title song mp3 download, cast, timings, drama review, written update (source: hipinpakistan)
While the concept of narrating local stories through comic books and graphic novels in Pakistan has been tried and tested on troubled waters for a while, some aim to make reading a hobby once again through their projects. One such example is the Patari & CFx Comics collaboration, ‘Paasban – the Guardian’, which narrates a fight against extremism by four college friends, who are forced to make tough choices to save their loved ones from a terrible fate.
Created by Mustafa & Rebecca Hasnain, the graphic novel/audiobook –which revolves around a story of radical troupes of terrorists, who take people as hostages and then use them as tools for their self-serving motives, is written by Amjad Islam, while being narrated by Zambeel Dramatic Readings with its sound design and audio production by Taimoor Salahuddin aka Mooroo at Aflatoon Studios.
Giving a new outlook to a critically acclaimed topic, Gauhar Aftab, the writer for CFx Comics, told HIP,
“I had been pitching the idea to people and investors since December ’15 but had not been getting the response expected, though the idea of a graphic novel alongside an audio book is a treat for comic enthusiasts.”
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Since, he did not want to waste the idea, Aftab along with the crew financed it with the help of a sponsor, who helped them print and distribute up to Lahore, Multan & Lodhran. Apart from distribution, they also assessed the impact in the trio of cities, via a psycho-social focus group which resulted in 50% turnover after the graphic novel was spread.
“The main motive is to say no to violence. Jihad and Mujahid are two very strong words, which can change a person’s mind-frame and decision-making immediately. However, we are refurbishing the meaning of these words making them more positive like a shield or a protector of religion and people,” Aftab explained further.
Apart from Aftab, Yahya Ehsan has been an epitome of perfection as he has done justice to the graphics by being the artist & creative director. However, it was Asma Mundrawala of Zambeel Dramatic Readings who became a huge help in the audiobook for Pasbaan.
“For the past five years we have been working in literature, we aim to create sound with an ambience, when Gauhar [Aftab] pitched us for Pasbaan, we thought it would be an extension of our media; vocalising the entire production, creating the whole drama in the sound studio, overall, it was a tremendous experience,” Mundrawala told HIP.
Talking about the importance of visual mediums, she added,
“Visual medium takes a strong hold in one’s mind, its important, literature & poetry is a never fading medium it has its own audience which shall always be there.”
Apart from the vocals, the sound design has been done by Taimoor salahuddin A.K.A. Mooroo at Aflatoon Studios.
“I had been interested and wanted to work in a radio play for a long time since I have heard over a hundred radio plays over the time, I always thought they had an interesting sound design, I always wanted to do something sound design heavy and just audio not video, this opportunity came up when Gohar approached me, I loved working for it, I believe anyone who ends up playing it will get involved in the whole experience, if you close your eyes you will almost feel in the location, mood, character, time and atmosphere,” Mooroo said.
In a project that surely seems to have the right kind of backing in its creation, one of the biggest collaboration comes with Pakistan’s first music streaming app, Patari. Talking exclusively to HIP, Khalid Bajwa, has been the man, who knew what he was aiming for and how he could get it done.
“Literature is power. All these comic heroes like superman do not relate to life, we need real life superheroes, who people can relate to. Patari is not the judge, it’s just a platform that is there to connect people to art and literature,” Bajwa added to the conversation.
The story, which targets the millennials (i.e. 12-18 year olds), already has chapters 1 to 7 live on the app, along with a promise to release a new one each week. If you still haven’t checked Pasbaan out, you can experience the series now as an audio book on Patari and the free CFx Comics app, available on both iOS and Android.
This article was originally published on http://www.hipinpakistan.com/news/1150722