The new Disney+ limited series, Ms. Marvel, featuring Pakistani-American actor Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, has us all excited and rooting for the series, and more so as we learn that more than one Pakistani song has made it to the score.
After Coke Studio 14’s exceptional electro-banger ‘Peechay Hutt’ by Hasan Raheem, Talal Qureshi and Justin Bibis headed to MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), reports are emerging that other musical names will be making an appearance of some kind.
Among them is Eva B’s ‘Rozi’ which appears as the first episode’s end credits unfold.
As for Ms. Marvel, it has been reported that apart from ‘Rozi’ and ‘Peechay Hutt’, Ahmed Rushdi’s iconic ‘Ko Ko Korina’ is also featured in the serial in some fashion. ‘Ko Ko Korina’, has an interesting history. It was covered 25 years later by Alamgir to great success and a banal effort was again made during season 11 of Coke Studio by Ahad Raza Mir and Momina Mustehsan.
Another song called ‘Sohniye I Love You’ from an older Pakistani film – sung by Nahid Akhtar – and a song by Pakistani-American rapper and actor Riz Ahmed called ‘Deal With It’ also features in the series.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, two-time Oscar winner from Pakistan, is possibly directing two episodes, not just one (unconfirmed) with powerhouse actor Nimra Bucha also starring in the series.
Cameos from Pakistan’s Fawad Khan and India’s Farhan Akhtar are said to be confirmed. Whether we will hear more Pakistani music as episodes release remains to be seen but what is palpable is that this limited series is embracing South Asian roots and has done a decent job repping brown culture.
Ms. Marvel is also heading to Pakistani cinemas so here’s to its upcoming arrival and a thrilling, non-cringe superhero film.