One of the most popular songs in the world of sufi music is “Dum-A-Dum Mast Qalandar.” It has a catchy beat that always draws in the listener. Now, filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor has brought us another soul-stirring rendition of the popular Sufi song ‘Dum-A-Dum Mast Qalandar’ in his upcoming film ‘Dhanak’. Composed by Tapas Relia, the song has been sung by powerhouse performer Devu Khan, the young protégé of Indian Idol runner-up Swaroop Khan, from the folk music community of the Manganiyars of Rajasthan. Giving him company on the English vocals in this funky jugalbandi is actor-singer Chet Dixon. The classic track features the eight-year visually-impaired old Chotu (Krrish Chhabria), who is travelling across the Rajasthan desert with his elder sister Pari (Hetal Gadda) to meet Shahrukh Khan, in the hope that the superstar will help him get his eyesight back.
Kukunoor has been extremely involved in all aspects of the film, including the music, and reveals that the song is his personal favorite. He says,
“In India, we are very proud of this classic melody that has always had a universal appeal over the years, and that comes across in the film as well.”
Set for a June 10 release, ‘Dhanak’ has been written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, and stars Krrish Chhabria and Hetal Gada as the loveable siblings. The rest of the cast includes Vipin Sharma, Rajiv Laxman and Gulfam Khan amongst others. The film has been produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola.