The makers of the recently released war drama Pippa, starring Ishaan Khatter, Mrunal Thakur and Priyanshu Painyuli, have issued an apology after facing backlash for AR Rahman‘s rendition of Karar Oi Louho Kopat, a Bengali protest song by late poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The song, which is featured in the film’s trailer, was criticised by some fans for altering the original composition and tune.
Pippa makers apologize after AR Rahman’s Karar Oi Louho Kopat rendition draws flak
Taking to their social media, Roy Kapur Films shared an apology statement regarding the controversy of AR Rahman’s rendition of Nazrul Islam’s patriotic song Karar Oi Louho Kopat in Pippa.
In the statement shared on social media, the producers, director and music composer of Pippa clarified that their version of the song was a sincere artistic interpretation, done with the necessary adaptation rights from the estate of the late poet. They also expressed their deep respect for the original song and its creator, whose contribution to the musical, political and social landscape of the Indian subcontinent is immeasurable.
The statement further said, “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 the Late Mrs. Kalyani Kazi and witnessed by Mr. Anirban Kazi.”
The makers added that their intention was to pay homage to the cultural significance of the song while adhering to the terms outlined in the agreement, which permitted them to use the lyrics with a new composition.
The long apology concluded with, “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.”
Pippa, directed by Raja Krishna Menon, is based on the book The Burning Chaffees by Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta. It tells the story of an Indian Army tank squadron that fought against the Pakistani forces during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The film is currently streaming on Prime Video since November 10.
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The trailer takes us back in time, when India fought the Battle of Garibpur, on the eastern front. Captain Balram Singh Mehta assumed command over the squadron after their leader fell during the mission. Along with his siblings, he was on the frontlines of the war and was instrumental in India’s quest for victory. With the battle war cry “We fight like soldiers, kill like soldiers, and die like soldiers” acting as a clarion call, Indian forces gave it their all, leading to the liberation of Bangladesh.
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Siddharth Roy Kapur said, “Pippa is a fascinating account of the Indo-Pak war of 1971 that led to Bangladesh’s liberation, told through the eyes of Brigadier Balram Mehta. Ishaan, Mrunal, Priyanshu and Soni have essayed their characters flawlessly, and we believe that audiences will be deeply moved by this remarkable story of an entire family on the frontlines of a war. We are absolutely thrilled that, through the reach of Prime Video, we are able to take this beautiful narrative to audiences not only far and wide within our country, but all around the world.”
Ronnie Screwvala said, “Pippa is more than a wartime movie for me; it is a salute to the Indian brave hearts whose courage, fearlessness, and patriotism are the reason why India continues to remain a strong and powerful nation today. To be able to narrate a true story on screen is never easy, and when it is a story about war and war heroes, the stakes just get higher. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Prime Video premiere this wonderful movie directly on its service, taking Pippa to the world.”
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