The Bollywood actor and the film-maker Farhan Akhter revealed that his forthcoming self-determining music album titled ‘Echoes’ is a tribute to the sufferers of the Army Public School Peshawar attack.
Farhan said that he wanted to be a part of the healing process of APS attack victims. In particular, the song “Why Couldn’t It Be Me” from the album emphasizes his desire of stamping out violence and terrorism halting from the tedious 2014 APS attack that took away the lives of 200 innocent children.
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On 16 December 2014 Taliban gunmen stormed the Army Public School in the northern city of Peshawar. More than 150 people were killed, 132 of them children. Most of them were the age 12-16 After the Peshawar attack, I read an article about a mother whose younger son hadn’t gone to school that day because he’d pretended to be sick. But his older sibling went to school and had been killed in the massacre. ‘Why Couldn’t It Be Me’ is a song about the loss of innocence and childhood in an adults war. Video link in bio.
The first difference between film and independent music is that the latter has to be about who you are – not a character you’re playing. So, music allows me to share my thoughts and how I feel. These emotions are universal and I hope people can identify and connect with them. The APS attack was an incident that really shocked the world. I just felt compelled to somehow, be a part of the healing process and help those affected by it.
“Why Couldn’t It Be Me” can be listened here!
Moreover, Farhan also talked about his point of view on the ban of Pakistani artists working in India. However, he stated that the political pressure triggering the ban on the artists only widens the space between the two countries.
It’s always unfortunate when art gets affected by politics. Apart from the fact that we had talented Pakistanis working here, we had all kinds of people becoming friends. And it’s true that through such cultural and human exchanges, bridges are created. I do hope that we’re in a better place soon.
Lastly, he also admired the Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. She made her Bollywood debut with Farhan Akhtar’s executive project ‘Raees’.