Feud erupts in Nazrul family over use of song in Hindi film
Times of India | 20 November 2023
KOLKATA: After some members of Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s family condemned the rendition of his patriotic song “Karar Oi Louho Kopat” in the just-released Hindi war biopic “Pippa”, the late bard’s US-based granddaughter Anindita Kazi claimed that her mother’s signature used in the agreement for the movie was not authentic.
The family members have demanded immediate removal of the “distorted” adaptation of the song from the movie and all digital platforms.They have also threatened legal action against the producers in courts in both India andBangladesh.
Anindita pointed out alleged discrepancies in the contract for the song’s adaptation and recreation licence, and called on the Bengal and Bangladesh governments to initiate an investigation. The agreement was reportedly signed between Kalyani Kazi, Bangladesh national poet Nazrul’s daughter-in-law, and the film producers in September 2021 in exchange for Rs 2 lakh. Kalyani passed away in May this year.
Kalyani’s daughter Anindita questioned the integrity of her brother Anirban Kazi, who was a witness to the agreement. She also pointed out discrepancies in dates and address. In response, Anirban said he was open to any investigation.
Anindita highlighted that her mother's residential address was 74H Purna Das Road, while the agreement listed an address at 52D Hindustan Park, Kolkata 700029, which is Anirban’s office. Anirban explained that the alternate address was used for correspondences due to the unavailability of someone to receive couriers at their mother’s home.
Anindita also pointed out a discrepancy in dates, stating that the agreement paper was prepared on September 8, 2021, while Anirban’s signature was dated September 4, 2021. “Interestingly, Kalyani Kazi’s signature does not carry a date. Was it done before the agreement was prepared?” she asked. Anirban acknowledged this as an error on his part.Anindita also claimed that her mother’s sign on the contract was "fake" and provided a screenshot of her mother’s “authentic signature” from various bank documents. She further mentioned discrepancies in the agreement’s account details, linking it to Anirban.
Anirban responded: “I am open to any investigation. The production house had contacted my mother. She couldn’t understand much and asked me to speak. Who will forge her signature?”