There is nothing more annoying than listening to one of the great classics being slayed by its rendition. One particular example is Rabi Pirzada’s adaptation of Mere Rashke Qamar,originally sung by the king of qawwali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Indisputably, Khan’s most popular composition, Mere Rashke Qamar has drawn the attention of many artists throughout the years but none of the renditions have been as bad as this one. The original had the perfect blend of a soothing melody, emotional lyrics and a commanding voice that made it an unforgettable classic.
Pirzada’s creepy version, however, has none of these components. It’s an awful attempt as she has changed everything about the original, which is never a good idea. Not only that, her seductive singing – similar to screeches – doesn’t even compare to Khan’s classic empowering voice. I am not sure what she was smoking when she thought of doing this.
We failed to understand why Pirzada incorporated such brutal acts in her video, as they seem more like a Special Services Group (SSG) commando training. It has no remnants of female empowerment, or even the concept of gaining confidence. Perhaps that concept changed overnight and we didn’t get the memo.
Simply put, the self-indulgent piece by Pirzada is terrible by all standards. There’s nothing artistic in the unbearable music video.
If the world hadn’t given Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan a reason to roll over in his grave as yet, I’m sure Pirzada definitely managed to achieve that.
Watch it at your own risk!