Salman Khan has expressed his willingness to come to Pakistan for his Bollywood movie, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan premiere. However, not everyone is so keen on its release. You can count Amjad Sabri for one. The qawalli-singer is fuming at the directors for using his father’s qawali without his permission.
The recent qawwali ‘bhar dou jholi’, originally sung by the Sabri brothers, has been revamped by Adnan Sami for the new B-town movie, Bajrangi bhaijaan, starring Salman Khan. It became a recent hit soon after its release.
Whilst many have praised the sweet-vocaled Adnan Sami for his attempt, Amjad Sabri, the famous qawwal, has displayed negative averment towards the move.
The qawwali has faced allegations for being re-produced without permission from its original singers, the Sabri Brothers. Being the son of Ghulam Farid Sabri, Amjad Sabri has claimed himself to be the rightful owner of its copyrights. He has expressed his displeasure at the producer of Bajrangi Bhaijaan for using his family hit without his permission and also without giving them proper credits.
While speaking to Roznama Express, Amjad Sabri complained, “Re-making the qawwali without seeking my content is downright unethical and inappropriate. It is no ordinary kalaam; it is an asset of my father Ghulam Farid Sabri and my uncle Maqbool Sabri. It’s like an heirloom for my family.”
Amjad Sabri, the qawwal, along with the Pakistan’s biggest record label, EMI, have called for legal opposition for ‘Bhar dou jholi’ and the producers of the movie alike.
However, the general manager of EMI Pakistan, Zeeshan Chaudhry, is of the opinion that Amjad Sabri cannot prove his claim unless he produces a documentation that holds him as the rightful owner of the qawwali.
Furthermore, Chaudhry said, “We, on the other hand, have not only released the original qawwali, but it was also recorded and produced under our label. Therefore, the right for its complete recording belongs to us. Neither Adnan Sami Khan nor the producer of the music or anyone else has acquired rights from us.”
As for Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the movie is scheduled to release on Eid with Bin Roye.