Modi biopic producer clears air on credit row involving Javed Akhtar

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Sandip Ssingh (L) cleared the air about giving credits to Javed Akhtar (R)
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Mumbai: A day after Javed Akhtar and Sameer denied writing songs for Omung Kumar B's forthcoming directorial "PM Narendra Modi", the film's producer Sandip Ssingh on Saturday cleared the air about giving credits to the lyricists.

"T-Series being the official music partner of our film...we have taken the songs 'Ishwar Allah' from the film '1947: Earth' and the song 'Suno gaur se duniya walon' from the film 'Dus', thus we have given the due credits to respective lyricists Javed Sahab and Sameerji," Ssingh, also the creative director and story writer of the film, said in a statement.

Akhtar on Friday took to Twitter and expressed shock to see his name in the credits of the film's trailer.

"I am shocked to find my name on the poster of this film. Have not written any songs for it," Akhtar had tweeted along with the snapshot of the trailer's video in which his name was mentioned among several other artistes in the lyrics category.

In an interview with an online portal, Ssingh said that the row would never have popped up if Javed and Sameer had clarified with the filmmakers directly.

“They should have called me or Bhushan Kumar to clarify why their name was on the poster and that would have been simple and it really wouldn't have blown out of proportion. This (row) was unnecessary,” he said.

The trailer of "PM Narendra Modi" -- based on the life of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- was launched on Thursday.

Actor Vivek Anand Oberoi is essaying the role of Modi in the biopic, which is scheduled to release on April 5.

It is produced by Suresh Oberoi, Anand Pandit and Ssingh.

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