Bhubaneswar: Amidst the “Rangabati song controversy, critically acclaimed “I am Kalam” Director Nila Madhab Panda announces his new film release “Kaun Kitney Paani Mein” on 28th of August. First Hindi film ever set the story in the background of western Odisha.
Nila Madhab feels proud to bring out his story in mainstream Hindi cinema. The film carries the popular Sambalpuri folk song Rangabati in hindi, which featured mainly Rang de basanti fame Kunal kapoor and Radhika Apte, along with Odissi dancer Saswat Joshi and Prakriti Mishra.
The director clarified that he has all the requisite permissions for using Rangabati.
Rangabati was recently performed in MTV’s Coke Studio by composer Ram Sampat, and singers Sona Mahapatra and Rituraj Mohanty. These musicians have got a legal notice by the copyright holders of the original song, Lyricist Mitrabhanu Gauntia and Music director Prabhudutta Pradhan, with a demand of Rs 1 Crore compensation for copyrights infringement.
Mr. Panda has stated that he has taken written permission from the Lyricist and the music director of the song and since he belongs to the same region of Odisha he wanted to give a tribute to the land. He says “I am very proud of bringing my own soil through this song to Hindi cinema, also I kept the basic rhythm and its essence.” He further added that he hopes the dispute between the singers and original composers of the song will get solved amicably soon.
Starring Kunal Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Gulshan Grover and Saurabh Shukla, the film was screened recently as closing film of Jagaran film festival, with a standing ovation, and is slated to release on the 28th of August, 2015. The film has been produced by One Drop Foundation, Montreal.