ISLAMABAD– A few days ago, local artist Taher Shah released a music video, which went viral on social media. It is worth mentioning here that despite the recent nationwide ban on YouTube, this video became viral and both #EyeToEye and Taher Shah were a top trending topic in Pakistan for the last few days.
#TaherShah #eyetoeye dominate the Pakistani twitter trend list! Lord, save pakistan! We r hypnotized by evil pic.twitter.com/TfGR5EFm2W
— Amber Shahid (@ambershahid) June 26, 2013
You all must be wondering what’s so special in this video that it went so viral and made it to the top trending topic? Well, we all remember Rebecca Black’s Friday ?.
THIS!!! #EyeToEye #TaherShah 😀 pic.twitter.com/ZbeQhr6b2E
— Rameez Malik (@_itsRameez) June 26, 2013
This song became viral for many reasons but some of the important factors which made it viral are the looks of Taher Shah and the lyrics of the songs. Taher Shah– a model, singer, director, producer etcetera by profession – sways side to side in his latest music video singing about eyes – his eyes, your eyes, their eyes, everybody’s eyes. The lyrics are in English and it’s a must watch.
Taher Shah himself released the Urdu version of his song just by translating the lyrics. However there are a lot of parodies in English and Urdu of the same song, e.g., Ass to Ass and some Urdu versions. The large chunk of locals in Pakistan are not necessarily fluent English speakers but mostly these meme generators/creative guys are well versed with English.
The majority of the social media population in Pakistan comprises of youth, and they speak English very well. While Facebook is more commonly used in Pakistan, as per last week’s stats, out of a population of 180 million on Pakistan only 9 million are on Facebook. However, the Twitter population is more ruled by the educated class, which speaks English very well.
Here is what Pakistan’s creative Twitterati have to say about the song:
ROFL #EyeToEye pic.twitter.com/HejZ8oRPDx
— Humayun Javed (@humayun_jm) June 26, 2013
Taher Shah vs Cyclops. #EyeToEye pic.twitter.com/THmlROjrPs
— Adil Hussain (@adil_hu) June 26, 2013
Without you I am like a butterfly. #EyeToEye #tahershah #KGCOMICS #KacheeGoliyan pic.twitter.com/rg7Brv2Jwt
— Kachee Goliyan (@KacheeGoliyan) June 26, 2013
I really want to meet the man who wrote these lyrics! http://t.co/jibEW9Wryz #EyeToEye #TahirShah
— Hamna Qureshi (@HamnaQureshi) June 25, 2013
Talent recognised at last! MT @sohaibgulbadan One of the greatest moments in Pakistan music history. “Eye to eye”. http://t.co/JHKBEWY2z2
— Talat Aslam (@titojourno) June 22, 2013
Bechara Man Of Steel, #TaherShah se panga leta tha, sala! via Comic by Arsalan. pic.twitter.com/n6HSBmb3hr
— Ahsan | احسن (@aey) June 26, 2013
#EyeToEye I just watched it with splendid eyes. I will now watch it again – this time with fantastic eyes.
— Raazia Ramzan (@raaziaramzan) June 25, 2013
An eye for an eye makes whole world Blind.-Gandhi #EyeToEye MAKES EPIC ERA LOVE LIFE TIME ONCE IN A LIFE.-Taher shah pic.twitter.com/DEqVT1bAm5
— Masud (@MASUD_MUFC) June 25, 2013
This is actually bloody marry’s theme song. #EyeToEye #TaherShah pic.twitter.com/en6RUnIyb0
— Kachee Goliyan (@KacheeGoliyan) June 25, 2013
#EyeToEye #GayiBaaatterflai #KThnxBye pic.twitter.com/nWjFjgjpPQ
— Doodle Walay Bhai (@zain_qasmani) June 26, 2013
How Michael jackson came back to life just to sing #EyeToEye pic.twitter.com/r1WjXGM0Fk
— Tamoor Tariq Raja (@tamraja) June 25, 2013