By Isbah Khalid: The much talked about come back of Adnan Sami in Bajrangi Bhaijaan where he sings the famous Sabri Brother’s qawwali “Bhar Do Jholi” has just suffered a glitch. As it turns out the rights to use this marvelous qawwali had never been acquired by the singer, filmmaker or distributors and thus the right holders, that is EMI Pakistan, has issued a legal notice that will be an obstructions for the team of Bajrangi Bhaijaan since it will bar them from using this particular qawwali until all the formalities have been fulfilled.
The legal notice addresses Kabir Khan, Salman Khan, Adnan Sami Khan, T-Series and Media Concepts and was submitted on 9th July, 2015. The notice recognizes new renditions of the famous qawali as long the rights have been acquired fully through the proper procedure. An excerpt of the notice was issued by EMI and was made available for the media. The notice sets a deadline of three days after which the fate of the qawwali being a part of the film will be decided but until then it still hangs in the balance.
Zeeshan Chaudhry, a representative of EMI, had this to say about the notice, “Satish Anand has approached us and he was offering to remove the song for Pakistan, which we refused as the song has been utilised and released already.”
Removing the song isn’t the solution according to Zeeshan Chaudry, “It’s not acceptable because it has already been released, so they must fulfill licensing formality and now we are also approaching internationally to stop the release if they do not settle the matter amicably.”
He further added, “Our stance is simple: that Indian film industry must learn to give due respect to Pakistani music. There is no harm in using music from Pakistan but they must secure license as per copyrights law worldwide. In the past, Indian film industry’s producers and directors have exploited content from Pakistan without licensing and this is probably our first step to realise this. We have registered our complaint and raised the issue, the rest is censor board’s duty to fulfill. It’s their role now and about time to contribute their part to protect Pakistan’s copyright.”
The film already has a sensitive topic since it deals with the India-Pakistan border tensions and now with this legal notice yet another controversy has surrounded the film. So much for getting excited about Pakistani artists making it big in Bajrangi Bhaijaan! Atif Aslam also lends his voice for “Tu Chahiye” a ballad which is hailed to be a beautiful one and then it was Adnan Sami who not only sings that beautiful qawali but also makes an appearance in the film.