Aamir Khan might not dream in his wildest dreams that his film
Peepli Live, which is about the pledge of the toiling farmers,
would get into controversy. But anything can happen in this
publicity-hungry world. Surprisingly, Peepli Live has been
dragged into controversy for one of its songs.
The film has been caught in a plagiarism row over the use of the
song “Chola Maati Ke Ram" composed by Gangaram Siwar from
Chattisgarh. However, sources said that the makers of the Peepli
Live have got its rights.
“The song “Chola Maati Ke Ram" has been composed by Gangaram
Siwar in Chattisgarh, but the Habib Tanvir theatre group has
officially purchased rights for the song. So I don't understand why
people from Chattisgarh are asking for their due again," The Times
of India quoted Nageen Tanwir, the singer of the song in the film,
as saying. “Many of these village musicians are financially
deprived and you cannot blame them for trying to make the most of
this opportunity," he added.
Aamir"s home production Peepli Live, directed by debutante
Anusha Rizvi, is all set for release tomorrow, August 13. It
features Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuveer Yadav, Malaika Shenoy,
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffer and Vishal O
Sharma in the lead roles.
Well, it looks like the controversy will do more good than harm
to the film, as it will surely give huge publicity.