‘PM Narendra Modi’ songs credit row: Javed Akhtar could have called us, says film producer

Producer Sandip Ssingh, whose latest film PM Narendra Modi is embroiled in a controversy after Javed Akhtar expressed shock at getting credit for a song in the biopic, says the noted lyricist could have shared his grievance personally.

The 74-year-old writer’s name was mentioned in the credits in the film’s trailer alongside lyricists Prasoon Joshi, Sameer, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sardaraa, Parry G. and Lavraj.

“Javed sahab is a senior writer…. We have grown up listening to his songs. We have used one of his old songs ‘Ishwar Allah’ from 1947: Earth and gave him credit. T-series is our music partner.

“I did not get any call from him and so I also did not call him. He spoke about it on Twitter, so I too replied there. But he could have called us,” Mr. Ssingh told PTI.

Apart from Mr. Akhtar, another veteran lyricist, Mr. Sameer, had said that he was surprised to find his name in the credits.

In his response, Mr. Ssingh said on March 23 that they gave credit to Mr. Sameer because they had incorporated his song Suno gaur se duniya walon from the film Dus.

The trailer of the Omung Kumar-directed film, featuring Vivek Oberoi in the lead, released on March 20. Asked about the response to the trailer, Mr. Ssingh said, “We can’t always have everyone like our work. We welcome all the criticism and we will learn from it.”


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