Rahat Fateh Ali and Sahir Ali Bagga are two names who need no introduction!
If we talk about music maestros of recent time two names come to mind, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sahir Ali Bagga. They have also worked together to create legendary music in Pakistan. Most of Rahat’s hit in Pakistan have been composed by Bagga. In drama OSTs Sahir has composed Sang-e Mar Mar, Mohabbat Tumse Nafrat Ha,Tum Kaun Piya, super hit Khanni. The two have a long list of successful hits and collaborations, however according to sources there seems to be some rift going on between the two artists.
While Rahat started off his career with singing and has dominated, Bagga was initially a composer and then he moved on to singing. He has managed to conquer both domains equally. He has been part of the industry for quite sometime now, however he came in public eye more after he began singing.
Sahir Ali Bagga has composed numerous hits for films like Jawani Phir Nahe Ani, Balu Mahi,Zinda Bhag etc. He has also sung and composed multifarious TV drama scores as well. It seems that the basis of the conflict lies in the fact that Rahat Fateh has not given Bagga credit or acknowledged his part in making his songs successful.
For example one of the songs by Rahat that he released in his album and got launched across the border,Zarori Tha stands at 707 million views! This song was written by ace writer Khalil ul Rehman Qamar and composed by Sahir Ali Bagga. However there is no acknowledgement or credit to these two in the video on Rahat’s YouTube channel.
Moreover this song was originally made for Sajid Hasan’s drama Unsuni , that was delayed due to some reasons. Rahat used this song for his own album although it was produced by Sajid Hasan. EPK reached out to Sajid who confirmed that it was his property for which he was not given any credit whatsoever.
According to sources not acknowledging core contributors of a songs has upset them especially when the song has become so huge! It is probably one of the reason why Sahir even ventured into singing. He has composed hits for Rahat and some others as well but have not been getting due credit for it. By launching himself in singing he can do that for himself now.
EPK reached out to both Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sahir Ali Bagga for comment. We could not connect to Rahat and Bagga refused to comment on the matter.
Sources close to the artists have further revealed that prominent industry members including Yousuf Salahuddin are trying to mediate the matter and getting it resolved before it gets escalated. Yousuf Salahuddin is closest to both and he is in the forefront of getting this resolved. We hope the two artists can work through their differences and work on some more songs as their collaborations have come out as a masterpiece.