The controversy over the ‘Bhar do jholi’ qawwali in the Salman Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan just got bigger. The makers have been slapped with a legal notice by Abdul Samee Siddiqui, who owns the rights to the dargah song. According to media reports, the notice that pertains to infringement of copyright has been sent to Salman, his production house, director Kabir Khan’s banner, T-Series and music composer Pritam apart from the studio backing the film and a few others involved with the project.
Mr. Siddiqui told the press, “I acquired the rights from the heirs of the Sabri brothers eight years ago for a film I was making on Indo-Pak relations with Rajkumar Santoshi which didn’t materialise. But that doesn’t mean the qawwali can be used by another person just like that. If they don’t reply to this letter, we will soon decide our future course of action.” However, director Kabir Khan says protests by religious organisations over the film don’t bother him.
Furthermore, one of the heirs to the Sabri heritage, Amjad Farid Sabri says, “My kids are Salman Khan fans. So am I. But I am upset and angry because they used the qawwali without our consent. Had they asked, I would have happily let them use it in their film.”