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How Amrita Pritam was Ousted From Thappad At The Last Minute




 Copyright issues are getting  increasingly  complicated  in  our cinema.Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad  was meant to end with lines   of poetry penned  by the great author-poetess  Amrita Pritam. Instead  the  film Thappad ends  with actor  Kumud Mishra reciting lines of poems  for his  daughter  played by Taapsee Pannu, written by director Anubhav Sinha.

The  poetry originally used was  by   the great Amrita  Pritam. But when the  film released the lines  had changed. What  happened?

 Over to Anubhav Sinha. “We had  used Amrita Pritam’s lines. But at the  last minute  just before  the  film’s  release  one of Amrita Pritam’s relatives asked  for an unreasonable amount  of  money. I decided to  drop  the poem and write a  fresh one myself. That’s how ‘Mera Bhi Ek Aasman ho’ written  by yours truly,was born.”

 Anubhav admits it wasn’t easy to replace Amrita Pritam’s lines with his own at  the  last minute. “The first two lines  were lip-synced  by  Kumud on screen  so what I wrote had  to match the lip movement of  Amrita Pritam’s lines. The rest was relatively easier.”
 Anubhav objects  to this last-minute intervention  by interested parties. “A  film is on release when someone comes forward with  an objection. Do they realize how much  trouble this causes for the  filmmaker?”

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