AR Rahman’s rendition of a popular patriotic song of legendary Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in the Bollywood film ‘Pippa’ has drawn flak. The litterateur’s family and singers have expressed outrage over the “distortion” in the rhythm and tunes. Makers of film have issued an apology after facing backlash. However, reports by TOI stated that Kazi Nazrul Islam’s grandson and granddaughter have refused to accept the apology from the makers.
“We have deep respect for the original composition and for the Late Mr. Kazi Nazrul Islam, whose contribution to the musical, political and social landscape of the Indian subcontinent is immeasurable. This album was created as a tribute to the men and women who dedicated their lives to the liberation of Bangladesh and keeping in mind the sentiments of their struggle for freedom, peace and justice,” the statement added.
The statement further read, “We approached the making of this song by faithfully following both the letter and the spirit of the license agreement for the lyrics, as duly signed with the Late Mrs. Kalyani Kazi and witnessed by Mr. Anirban Kazi.”
Nazrul Islam’s family rejects apology from makers
As per the Times of India report, Kazi Nazrul’s grandson and granddaughter have refused to accept the apology from the makers.
“An apology post on X is not enough for such disrespect. The least they can do is remove the song from the film, along with my mother’s and my name from the credit,” Anirban said as quoted by TOI. “I am not accepting the apology,” Anindita said as quoted by the daily.
The film is based on the book ‘The Burning Chaffees’ by Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta and is written by Menon, Tanmay Mohan, and Ravinder Randhawa. The film is currently streaming on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video.
The title of the film is a tribute to the amphibious war tank called the PT-76 (Palavushi Tanka), popularly known as “Pippa,” akin to an empty tin of ghee that smoothly floats on water. This wartime saga narrates a story of patriotism and traces the coming of age of Captain Balram Mehta (essayed by Ishaan) of the 45 Cavalry Tank Squadron. Together, Balram Mehta and the Indian Armed Forces exemplify valour and courage, in a war for the liberation of another country.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)
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Updated: 14 Nov 2023, 10:57 AM IST