One of the USPs of the Dabangg franchise is the song Tere mast mast do nain and its follow-up Tere naina bade dagaabaz in the sequel, both sung by the much-respected Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. But now with relations between India and Pakistan deteriorating rapidly and seeping down to cultural exchanges as well, the Dabangg producers Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan and the song’s composers Sajid-Wajid have no choice but to replace the original Pakistani voice.
Speaking exclusively to this writer Wajid(one-half of the composers Sajid-Wajid) reveals, “Yes we replaced Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice with Javed Ali.” Javed who has sung some big chartbusters i like Kajra re(Bunty Aur Babli), Nagada(Jab We Met) and Ghalat baat hai(Main Tera Hero) was seen as a natural replacement for the formidable original. Says composer Wajid, “This decision was unanimous.”
Wajid wants to make it clear that this move to remove Rahat Ali Khan is not to be taken personally. “We have the highest regard for him. He is an enormously talented singer. Many of his fans regard his song in Dabangg and Dabangg 2 to be the best he has sung in India. And we’re proud of those songs. Lekin ab kya Karen? Halaat hi kuch aise gaye ho donon mulk ke beech. e respect individual talent from every part of the world. Bollywood welcomes talent from all over the world. In fact we are often hospitable at the cost of our own talent. But now things have changed.”
Wajid says Javed Ali has done full justice to the song in Dabangg 3. “Javed is a great voice. We have the some of the greatest talent here.”
The song Tere Mast Mast Do Nain… was one of the biggest hits of the year Dabangg released and it is also one of the favourite concert numbers for Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.