WEB DESK: Amjad Sabri, renown Qawali singer is about to sue an upcoming movie which stars Salman Khan in its lead role.
Sabri claims that a Qawali in the latest Bollywood flick Bajrangi Bhaijaan is his property. “Revamping the qawwali without my permission or consent is simply unethical and inappropriate,” Amjad Sabri told a newspaper. “It is the property of my family and will continue to be so for the coming seven generations. This is an asset of my father Ghulam Farid Sabri and my uncle Maqbool Sabri.”
The Qawali ‘Bhar do Jhooli’ was written by Purnam Allahabadi, composed by Maqbool Sabri, and performed by the Sabri Brothers in 1975.
In Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the Qawali has been sung by Pakistani singer Adnan Sami Khan.
At the same time Pakistan’s largest record label, EMI Pakistan, says it owns the song’s copyright.
It will send a seperate legal notice to the film. “The qawwali ‘Bhar do jholi’ is an EMI product, not only released by us but also recorded and produced under our banner. None of the authorities involved in the making of Bajrangi Bhaijan approached us to acquire the rights. So, we have sent them legal notices,” Zeeshan Chaudhry, EMI Pakistan’s general manager, told a local newspaper.