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?”