“my light-hearted video is also being enjoyed across the border"
Teenager Dananeer Mobeen, who went viral for her ‘pawri howri hai’ video, has shared a new clip, this time featuring her singing.
Nineteen-year-old Dananeer Mobeen shared a clip of herself covering the song ‘Ae Dil’ from the rom-com Punjab Nahi Jaungi (2017).
She posted the video on Instagram with the caption beginning with the lyrics: “Khoya jo tu, houga maera kya?”
The native of Islamabad, Pakistan added: “This melodious song from one of my favourite Pakistani films, Punjab Nahi Jaungi!”
Dananeer then went on to tag musician Shiraz Uppal who sang the song with Indian singer Jonita Gandhi.
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The music video on YouTube, which stars Mehwish Hayat and Humayun Saeed, has been seen over seven million times.
Netizens seemed to be fans of the 19-year-old’s singing, with celebrities from across the entertainment industry also praising her.
Indian music composer Vishal Mishra commented a clapping hands emoji followed by a love heart.
Director and producer Wajahat Rauf simply said: “Beautiful.”
Film and television producer Shazia Wajahat added: “Mera sureela bacha.”
Actress Yumna Zaidi called her: “My nightingale.”
Dananeer first shot to fame after sharing a video from the Nathia Gali mountains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan.
The clip showed her having the time of her life with friends but it was the pronunciation of the word ‘party’ that caught attention.
In the five-second long footage, she says in Urdu:
“This is our car, this is us, and this is our ‘pawri’ taking place.”
The video quickly went viral, leading to a plethora of memes and jokes to emerge as well as a police force jumping upon the trend.
It became increasingly popular in India when composer Yashraj Mukhate created a mash-up song which included the clip.
The footage appeared to unify the two countries and offer a respite from ongoing tensions.
The teenager herself said during an Instagram Live:
“I am so happy that my light-hearted video is also being enjoyed across the border, especially at a time when there is a lot of tension and polarisation in the world.”
Dananeer said she had no idea the video would go viral when she uploaded the video and that her only intention was to make people laugh and enjoy it.