Javed who has sung some big chartbusters was seen as a natural replacement for the formidable original.
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 Pakistan’s 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.
Wajid, “Yes, we replaced Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice with Javed Ali.” Javed who has sung some big chartbusters was seen as a natural replacement for the formidable original. “This decision was unanimous. When it comes to the country, nothing else matters. 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. But now things have changed. We have to shut all doors and windows between the two countries. We can’t exempt cultural exchanges from the ban on Pakistan.”
Wajid says Javed Ali has done full justice to the song in Dabangg 3. “Javed is a great voice. We don’t need talent from anywhere else as we have the some of the greatest voices here.”