The band that gave us the iconic song Maaeri is back with a Punjabi track that will leave you in tears. And the song's lead is played by POPxo's very own video star, Riya Ahuja!
Riya can be seen in Euphoria's latest music video titled Saajna, a soulful song with a heartbreaking but inspiring end. The video revolves around the love story of a young betrothed couple played by Riya Ahuja and Snayhil Aneja. The song pays tribute to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack that took place in India on 14th February.
We asked Riya about her experience, here's what she had to say: "When I got to know that Euphoria is making a comeback with another Punjabi song, 18 years after Maaeri, I was thrilled. You can imagine the excitement of this 90s kid who has grown up watching their music videos on repeat. Euphoria came up with this concept in March when the country was still recovering from the Pulwama attack. So, I felt honoured to be given an opportunity to play such a beautiful character of Noor and it was also a huge responsibility given the emotions we were dealing with in the video. I prepared my scenes one by one with Dr Palash [Sen] who had a clear vision of what he wanted his characters to do in every scene and how he wanted Noor to go from this exuberant ball of energy to a strong and composed woman."
The Delhi-based Indian rock band was put together by the dentist-turned-rockstar, Dr. Palash Sen, back in 1988. And now, 30 years later, their music is still playing with our heartstrings.
"Dr Palash is a sweetheart and a very generous person. He went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. The shoot days were hectic. We'd wake up at 4 in the morning, pack our breakfast from the hotel, and go to the location which was somewhere in the interiors of Haryana. I got total Simran feels running in the yellow sarson fields! I’d always add a surprise element to the shoot and then he’d say it out loud on the mike, 'Waaah kya karti hai ye ladki!' The shoot was fun, the team would keep cracking jokes but the moment the camera rolled, everyone would go back in character," Riya added.
Way to go, Riya! We can't wait to see what you have in store next!
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