Members of Pakistani band Jal love good food and music
I am hungry. Can we get something to eat or drink?” Goher Mumtaz asked his band manager Hasnain Alam. It was a long, tiring day for Farhan Saeed Butt, Aamir Shiraz (Shazi as he is called by everyone) and Goher, members of the Pakistani band Jal. Coke was the first thing they asked for. While Farhan stepped out to chat with a friend, he let Goher and Shazi scan the al a carte menu to order food. “We are running out of time, let’s go for the buffet instead,” suggested Goher. Others agreed.
Without wasting a single moment, they started to fill their plates from the lavish spread. Shazi settled for some salads to begin with, but Goher and Farhan steered away from that section altogether. Farhan read aloud, “Kalounji ke baingan, Alu parmal, …The list is good but frankly, I don’t like vegetables.” At the non-vegetarian counter, the three helped themselves with a bit of everything on display. “Wherever we travel, we love to try out different cuisine. The only issue we are concerned about is hygiene,” said Goher savouring a mouthful of saag gosht. Farhan added his bit, “We aren’t able to control ourselves when it comes to good food. We end up hogging most of the times.”
But their perfectly-shaped bodies tell a different tale. “We eat out, and then we work out,” Goher explained the mantra. It’s been three years since the new team has come into being (Farhan replaced the lead vocalist Atif Aslam, who left the band for his solo career). How has the journey been so far? “Fantastic! The work on the third album has already begun, but concerts keep the trio busy. “After Aadat, we took things lightly. We thought we could survive by doing shows. But we realised we had to change our line of thinking. You cannot sustain a band on the basis of one album. We were just a bunch of youngsters then, now each of us has matured as a musician and as a person,” said Farhan.MANGALA RAMAMOORTHY