‘Bhar do Jholi’ Con­tro­versy

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The Bhar Do Jholi qawwali was re­vamped with the voice of Ad­nan Sami Khan for the Sal­man Khanstar­rer Ba­jrangi Bha­jain and went vi­ral soon af­ter its re­lease. How­ever, it re­ceived mixed re­views, with many find­ing it bland ow­ing to the in­com­pat­i­bil­ity with Ad­nan’s sweet vo­cal tex­ture for some­thing as raw as a qawaali. Pak­istan’s big­gest record la­bel EMI Pak­istan and Am­jad Sabri qawwal, heir to the fa­mous Sabri broth­ers, called for le­gal ac­tion against the pro­duc­ers of the film and the qawwali.

The ver­sion used in the film was re­worked by well-known com­poser Pritam Chakar­borty. Am­jad Sabri was not only un­happy by the work ethics of the In­dian pro­duc­ers but was also dis­ap­pointed at the qual­ity of the In­dian ver­sion of the qawwali.

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