Mere Rashke Qamar: Facts and Myths

mere rashke qamar     Few months back, I was in love with Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s heart-warming poem ‘Aaj Bazaar Mein, Pa Ba Jola Chalo’. Indian-born Pakistani ghazal singer Nayyara Noor made the poem famous through her immortal voice. Fashion e-commerce portal used the song in their TV commercial in 2016. Today, another melodious piece of music has strengthened the musical relations between traditional rival countries India and Pakistan! and the song is ‘Mere Rashke Qamar…’.

     The song was first performed in year 1988. Since then, it is proving itself to be the timeless piece of music. After spending 3 hours on internet, I have gathered following interesting information;

Mere Rashke Qamar : Original Singer

     The song is written by Pakistani lyricist Fana Buland Shehri. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan composed the song for the first time in 1988. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the uncle of the singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. (Remember the song ‘Dagabaaz Re’ from Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 2’ movie; ‘O Re Piya’ song from Madhuri Dixit’s ‘Aaja Nach Le’ movie). Following is the original 17 minutes 36 seconds track sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Believe, this is more appealing than recent versions.

2013 Recreated Version:

     Rahat Fateh Ali Khan used to perform on this song in his live concerts. In year 2013, A1MelodyMaster released remix version of the original song on youtube. Following is the video;

The Oppo Ad:

     The song was previously popular in Pakistan and other south Asian countries like Nepal. It went viral after the Oppo Mobile ad featuring Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor. Actually, this Oppo ad has many roumors. First of all, this is not official Oppo advertisement. Secondly, Arjit Singh didn’t sing the song!! The original singer of Oppo ad version song is Junaid Asghar from Pakistan (Again!). Someone took his voice and mixed it with Hrithik and Sonams Oppo ad. And the video went viral!! Below is the original video (Length: 3 minutes 43 seconds) by Junaid Asghar.

     Following is the Hrithik and Sonam Version of the song. Believe it or not but this video has been seen for more than 10 crore times!!

Baadshaho – 2017 Version:

     Lyricist Manoj Muntashir recreated Mere Rashke Qamar song for the 2017 Bollywood film Baadshaho starring Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz in lead role. The song that you hear at FM channels and TV commercials is composed by Tanishk Bagchi. Tanishk is famous for ‘Banno’ song from Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ movie. The Baadshaho version was being created for more than 1 and half year. During the 2016 Uri attack, producer stood strong behind the musicians. The finally managed to complete the song. Following is the lyrics version of the song from the Baadshaho movie;

External Links:
  1. The lyrics and meaning of original 17 minutes qawwali is here
  2. The lyrics of Baadshaho version is here
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