Haroon reveals how he got Mahbooba to be shot at the Egyptian Pyramids

“They told me I couldn’t afford to shoot by the pyramids and that I should just shoot the video in Pakistan on a fake Egypt set.”

 

Be it the good old ‘Dil Say Pakistan’ getting our independence spirits high, or ‘Mehndi’ making us dance with nostalgia in our eyes, Haroon has won us over for most of our childhood.

Recently, the singer took to social media to reveal how one of his biggest hits ‘Mahbooba’ had difficulty being shot at one of the greatest wonders of the world – The Egyptian pyramids!

 

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Who remembers this one? When I recorded this song I though wow I would love to shoot the video by the Pyramids. I randomly found a production company online in Cairo, immediately booked my ticket and just got on a plane and flew out there for 3 days. In the end they told me I couldn’t afford to shoot by the pyramids and it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars; and that I should just shoot the video in Pakistan on a fake Egypt set. I was really devastated. The day I was leaving they asked me to play them the song. When they heard it they LOVED it. The lady producer said I love this song so much I will make it happen no matter. She called in a favour from her best friend who was married to the owner of the local Cairo production company that worked on the film Lawrence of Arabia. I came back a couple of weeks later with the Pakistani film crew. Including directors Ahsen Rahim and Amena Khan. There were so many things that could have gone wrong but the stars aligned and this music video went on to be one of my solo biggest hits along with Dil Se Pakistan and Mehndi, and others Ay Jawan, Jadoo Ka Chiragh (with Awaz) #haroon #mehbooba #pakistanifashion #pakistanicelebrities #cairo #musicvideo #pakistan #pakistanisinger

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“I randomly found a production company online in Cairo, immediately booked my ticket and just got on a plane and flew out there for 3 days,” revealed Haroon, as he spoke about when he first recorded the song.

“In the end, they told me I couldn’t afford to shoot by the pyramids and it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars; and that I should just shoot the video in Pakistan on a fake Egypt set. I was really devastated.”

But the universe has its ways. The ‘Jiya Jaye’ singer said the the company asked him to play the song the day he was leaving from Egypt and heading back home.

“When they heard it, they loved it. The lady producer said I love this song so much, I will make it happen no matter what. She called in a favour from her best friend who was married to the owner of the local Cairo production company that worked on the film Lawrence of Arabia.”

Then what? Haroon returned to the set a couple of weeks later with the Pakistani film crew, and the rest is history we all have hummed numerous times to.

“There were so many things that could have gone wrong but the stars aligned and this music video went on to be one of my solo biggest hits,” admitted the star.


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