Oscar winner composer AR Rahman is a musical maestro, but recently he got in a controversy for a song in Pippa. He made a rendition of Bengali poet Nazrul Islam’s patriotic song Karar Oi Louho Kopat for the recently released war drama. However, the fans and followers of the poet didn’t like the recreation and it drew flak. Reacting to the same, the makers of Pippa released a statement.
Pippa makers release statement after AR Rahman draws flak for Karar Oi Louho Kopat
On Monday, the makers took to social media to issue an official statement on the issue. It read, “In light of the current discourse surrounding the song ‘Karar Oi Louho Kopat’ the producers, director and music composer of the film Pippa wish to clarify that our rendition of the song is a sincere artistic interpretation, embarked upon only after securing the necessary adaptation rights from the estate of the Late Mr. Kazi Nazrul Islam.”
The makers recognised and credited the poet for his contribution to the arts in the Indian subcontinent. 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 Late Mrs. Kalyani Kazi and witnessed by Mr. Anirban Kazi.”
Check out the statement here:
Clearing the intent behind the song, the makers apologised for hurting sentiments. They said, “Our intent was to pay homage to the cultural significance of the song while adhering to the terms set forth in our agreement, which permitted us to use the lyrics with a new composition. We understand the emotional attachment that audiences may have to the original composition, and while all art is inherently subjective, if our interpretation has hurt sentiments or caused unintended distress, we offer our sincere apologies.”
The war drama Pippa stars Ishaan Khatter, Mrunal Thakur, Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan. It is based on the life of Captain Balram Singh Mehta of India’s 45 Cavalry regiment. He and his siblings fought on the eastern front in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. The film is directed by Raja Krishna Menon and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur. It released direct-to-OTT on November 10 on Amazon Prime Video.