Rohit Bal takes the Sufi flight!

None | ByMallvika Nanda (HT City), New Delhi
Jan 20, 2007 05:14 PM IST

Designer Rohit Bal is set to play a new role as he stars in Sufi singer Zila Khan?s new video Sarmasti.

Now we know why fashion designer Rohit Bal was growing his hair. We are just kidding! That was just his look for the season. But he has more designs than you have seen yet! Yes, it is the Sufi revolution that is capturing souls of a different kind. Delhi’s very own Sufi singer Zila Khan has released her ode to the great poet Hazrat Amir Khusrau.

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And lending his name and panache to the song’s video is none other than the flamboyant fashion guru, Rohit ‘Gudda’ Bal.

Daughter of the illustrious sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan, Zila’s album, Sarmasti has a range of Sufi favourites like Chap Tilak, Abr-Mi-Bara and Man Kunto Maula.                                                                                      

A still from the album Sarmasti

Sound sojourn: Gudda is completely at ease in the video, playing a character that’s lost in the world of spirituality.

“It was a beautiful experience working with Gudda, he was totally in the flow and danced like a true Sufi. He’s a celebrity but also a friend. One day, I asked him if he would want to do this and he agreed!” says Zila, adding, “I want people to understand the real thing and who better to start with than Khusrau!”

Designed to act: Gudda is excited about his music video debut. So was this why he was seen sporting untamed locks? “No,” he laughs. “That was incidental but I really did enjoy doing the video. I keep on receiving offers to act in movies and I’m not opposed to the idea but I’ll do so if something interesting comes along,” says the man, an avid music lover.

Directed by Delhi-based Rohit Suri the video was partly shot at the Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah.

After HT City’s sneak peek into the video, Gudda reveals, “There is a sense of incomparable vibrancy in the video, and seeing the splendid Sufi qawalls in action was absolutely wonderful.”

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