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'PM Narendra Modi': Javed Akhtar slams makers, says 'you can't behave like I'm a part of your unit'

File image of Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 25, 2019, 01.11 PM (IST)

‘PM Narendra Modi’ biopic’ poster has been in the news ever since the trailer of the film came out. While the trailer has had a mixed response from fans, the poster of the film has been embroiled in a controversy after eminent Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar complained that his name was included in it even though he hasn’t worked on any song for the film. 

Javed had slammed the makers on Twitter and written: “Am shocked to find my name on the poster of this film. Have not written any songs for it."

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The producer of the film, Sandip Ssingh then responded to this and tweeted: “We have taken the songs Ishwar Allah from the film 1947: Earth and the song Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walon from the film Dus in our film, thus we have given the due credits to respective lyricists Javed Sahab and Sameer Ji. @TSeries is our Music partner.”

This, however, did not convince Akhtar as he told in an interview: “Firstly I don’t know who Sandip Ssingh is. Secondly, when you take an old song in your film you don’t give credit to the original person on your promotional material because I have not written anything for the film PM Narendra Modi. You can’t behave like I’m a part of your unit, as your songwriter. 

At the most, you give a mention in credit titles along with the name of the original film from which the song was taken. If they wanted to give me respect why haven't they given the same to Shankar Ehsaan Loy and A R Rahman (music directors of the songs Sandip mentioned).”

They would have done it if their intentions were correct, which clearly weren’t. Such an incident has never taken place in Indian film history. Nowadays every second film has a recreated song but never has the original lyricist been mentioned on posters of the film.”

Akhtar’s wife, Shabana Azmi also tweeted in support of him and wrote: “It's quite clear this was done with deliberate intentions to mislead public into believing that @Javedakhtarjadu has written the songs for Mr PM Narendra Modi when the song Ishwar Allah Tere JahaN meiN is from @IamDeepaMehta film 1947Earth.”

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The poster of the film has been embroiled in a controversy after eminent Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar complained that his name was included in it even though he hasn’t worked on any song for the film.