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Peepli Live hit by plagiarism controversy

By: By Raymond Ronamai
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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.

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