Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film "Ram-leela" is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. After facing protests over the film's content, "Ram-leea" makers have stirred another controversy because of the song "Mor bani thangaat kare".
Deepika Padukone in a still photo from her upcoming film, Ram Leela. The actress will be occupied with the promotions of the film till November. (DeepikaPadukone/Facebook)
"Mor bani thangaat kare" was originally written in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore and was later translated by Gujarati poet and social reformer Jhaverchand Meghani in 1944. The song went on to become one of the traditional Gujarati songs.
The song is featured in Bhansali's upcoming film but the director has not given due credits to the original composers.
According to The Times of India, the acknowledgment for the original composers is missing from the film's posters and audio CD covers. Siddharth and Garima are named the lyricists and Bhansali as the music composer.
Meghani's grandson Pinaki told TOI that his grandfather translated the song to pay tribute to Tagore. "My grandfather heard the original song in 1920 from Tagore," Pinaki said.
"If the credit for such a great composition goes to someone else, it is indeed unethical," he added.
Pinaki has also written a letter to Bhansali regarding the issue, but us yet to receive a reply.
Bihari Hemu Gadhvi, son of the song's original composer, said small changes have been made in the song to avoid giving proper credits.
Earlier, people from the Rajput community protested against the content of the film saying it will create communal violence between the two communities - Rabari and Darbar. Some even planned to hurl eggs and tomatoes at Deepika upon her arrival in Ahmedabad for a garba event.
They later backed out when they came to know that Bhansali has already decided to edit the scenes. [Read the report here]
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