Aamir Khan’s ‘Peepli Live’ marred by yet another controversy

Updated: Aug 09, 2010, 20:44 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Aamir Khan’s production ‘Peepli Live’ has been plagued by yet another controversy after the recent protest by singers claiming that they were paid meager payments for a popular track ‘Mehngai Dayain’. The latest allegation against the film claims that the song ‘Chola mati ke Ram’, used in the film, doesn’t give credit to Gangaram Siwar, a celebrated folk singer of Chhattisgarh.

Rama Joshi, 50, a well-known folk artist claimed that late Siwar is the original lyricist of the popular number ‘Chola mati ke Ram’ in the movie. She alleged that the song has been incorporated in the movie without taking the permission of the family members of the folk singer.

She persuaded Aamir Khan to give adequate remuneration to at least the family members of the singers who are living in this small place of Chattisgarh.

Speaking to Spicezee, the folk artist said “The folk song, penned by late Siwar, is very popular in Chhattisgarh and is still being aired by the local All India Radio (AIR). The fans of the folk singer are seriously upset that song has been adopted in the film without taking his family members into confidence.”

However, she added that for the followers of the folk singer, it is a matter of pride for Chhattisgarh that they have been given a recognition through this particular song and not that they have any intention of taking any legal action against the film, but what she really pointed is that the real creator of the song be rightly compensated.

“We expect the film should at least give credit to the folk singer as the lyricist of the song. Besides, Siwar’s son Bhaiya Ram, who is languishing in poverty without being able to arrange two meals for his family, should be given some financial benefits on humanitarian grounds”, said Ms Joshi.

Siwar, was born in Taliband on the outskirt of Raipur in 1930. He penned scores of popular folk songs delving into rural life of Chhattisgarh. He was also a famous folk singer and worked for AIR for nearly four decades till his death in 1982.