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It's Vande Mataram & not Jana Gana Mann in RANN

December 8, 2009 4:51:09 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Controversial song 'Jana Gana Mana Rann' would no longer find place in the final cut of RANN. Weeks before the release of this Amitabh Bachchan starrer, film maker Ram Gopal Varma has decided to do away with the song. Now instead of 'Jana Gana Mann Rann', it would be 'Vante Mataram' that would play in the background score of RANN.

Are we smelling another controversy here considering the fact that Ramu has moved from National Anthem of India to a National Song?

"Not at all", says Ramu, "What we have used of 'Vande Mataram' are just these two words. I don't see anything controversial in this since it stands for 'Bow to thee, Mother'. Tell me, what's wrong in using that?"

Earlier this year, Ramu as well his RANN came under quite some fire when the first look of the film was revealed with the unleashing of 'Jana Gana Mann Rann'. Since the lyrics of the National Anthem were altered to give it a new socio political dimension, the matter had reached the highest authorities.

While the Censor board instructed the team of RANN to refrain telecast it as a part of the film's narrative or any kind of further promotion, producers Madhu Mantena and Sheetal Vinod Talwar had even registered a civil case in the Mumbai High Court against the board's ruling. In fact it was also reported that in order to show what the song was all about, the makers had even burnt 500 odd CDs comprising of the music video and sent it to the Members of the Parliament.

"But then there was no point defending the song on and on", says Ramu who felt it was best to keep 'Jana Gana Mann Rann' out of the final cut, "Enough noise was being made and it was best to replace it with something else and move on. I can now say that the entire controversy is pretty much left behind."