In a most unexpected turn of events, Salman Khan and the producers of Bajrangi Bhaijaan(BB) have received a legal notice advising them to stop all public broadcasting of the traditional Qawwallli, Bhar De Jholi Meri ya Mohammad.
The legendary devotional track original rendered by the Sabri Brothers who reside in Pakistan, has been freshly re-recorded for Salman’s film by Pritam Chakraborty.
Now, in a move that could prove to be a serious setback for the newly recorded Qawwalli, a gentleman named Abdul Samee Siddiqui from Mumbai, claims he has acquired the rights of the original Qawwalli from the Sabri Brothers in Pakistan which therefore, cannot be used in any form by anyone else.
In the legal notice, a copy of which is with us, sent to Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s leading man Salman Khan, producer Rockline Venkatesh, music producers T Series, composer Pritam Chakraborty, lyricist Kausar Munir, producers Eros International and director Kabir Khan Siddiqui claims, “Our client entered into a letter Agreement dated 3rd January, 2007 with The Sabri Brothers. Pakistan who were the original producers, Author, Composer and the intellectual property rights owners of the Qawwali “Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad”, and which was composed by Ghulam Fareed Sabri Maqbool Sabri, lyricist Purnam Elhabadi said that, the Qawwali was written, composed and performed by the Sabri Brothers in the year 1975.
As per the said letter agreement, The Sabri Brothers assigned/licensed and transferred to our client in perpetuity throughout the entire world, the copyright, adoption right, reproduction right, underling rights, recreation, translation, performing right, synchronization right, sound track and all other rights, title and interest in and to all the audio content including literary, dramatic, story track and musical works were embodied in the said Qawwali. The said copyright is valid and subsisting. As per the aforesaid assignment/license granted to our client by The Sabri Brothers, our client is the copyright owner of the rights granted to our client. Considering the fact that the said Hindi film bears a song titled “Bhar Do Jholi Meri”, where the sound track, musical work and literary work is a direct duplication and copy of the musical work and literary work owned by our client in the said Qawwali, all the Addressees have committed blatant infringement of the sound track, musical work, literary work and copyrights related thereto which are owned by our client.”
The legal notice then goes on to request for the following:
i) Transfer the ownership in the copyrights related to the musical work, literary work and sound track in the song titled “Bhar Do Jholi Meri” solely and exclusively in favour of our client.
ii) Provide our client with revenues generated from exploitation of the said Hindi song titled “Bhar Do Jholi Meri” in the film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN.
iii) Stop and desist from exploiting the Hindi song titled “Bhar Do Jholi Meri” in the Hindi film in any manner whatsoever.
iv) Refrain from dealing with any third party(ies) with regard to the said Hindi song titled “Bhar Do Jholi Meri” in the Hindi film, in any manner whatsoever and
v) Furnish our clients with all the details such as Agreements, MOU’s, understandings etc, entered into by the Addressee’s and such other person(s), entity(ies) etc, on the basis of which all the Addressee’s have incorporated the said Hindi song in the film titled “BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN”.
The response of the recipients of the legal notice is awaited.