Pepsi Battle of the Bands first rocked and shocked the industry in 2001. It was the first edition of the show that crowned Aaroh as the winners while Entity Paradigm came at second place. Over time these bands, after producing a number of hit singles, faded away but were never forgotten. During the Pepsi Battle of the Bands 2017, these two bands and others resurfaced to put on a show music lovers were dreaming to witness. While winners, Kashmir and runner-up, Badnaam, must be credited for their hard work, dedication, teamwork, and persistence, all other bands did give it a try and must be applauded for their efforts. However, the highlight of Season 2 of Pepsi Battle of the Bands has to be the reuniting of Call the band, Aaroh, and EP.
Ali Azmat, the celebrity judge of the finale, sang Pataal Say, which he composed with Ahsan Bari. Shahi Hassan’s song, Namumkin, which he dedicated to Juned Jamshed was a soulful one while Meesha Shafi’s Speaker Phaar is a song you can listen on repeat. Josh created a celebratory scene with their performance of Haseena Baliye while Atif Aslam’s Mere Watan stirred the crowd. In season seven when Call performed on Jilawatan, it sent viewers and the audience to yesteryears. In episode two, Aaroh reunited to perform on Raag Neela whcih was a pure thrill. However, the finale was even better. When Aaroh and EP took on stage, it was 2003 and the new boys in town were creating magic on stage. If Aaroh’s slow and steady Na Kaho was enough to bring back old times, EP’s head banging, It was fourteen years since Aaroh and EP came up with their respective albums. However, fourteen years later, both bands are still looking in their prime.
EP stole the show with its meticulously engineered music when it performed on Hamesha. It felt the entire band had been preserved to be released for this performance. Their vocals and every single musical intonation was perfect while Ahmed Ali Butt’s rap was as good as it was fourteen years ago. Now that the episode is on Youtube, I will watch all these performances and that of the top two bands over and over again. I always enjoyed having Pepsi, now I guess Pepsi’s third edition of Battle of the Bands will only increase my love for this brand. Let’s see! Till then, rock on!