After singer Sona Mahapatra's modern rendition of cult Sambalpuri folk song Rangabati ruffled a few feathers recently, we have another version of the original: This time in Oriya film director Nila Madhab Panda's film, Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, starring Radhika Apte and Kunal Kapoor. The version, Panda claims, has been used "with due permission from all concerned".
Panda, director of the critically acclaimed film, I am Kalam, said he got all the requisite permission for using Rangabati in his film from the original song's lyricist Mitrabhanu Gauntia and music director Prabhudatta Pradhan. He added: "I hail from the same region (western part of Odisha) where the song originated from and I wanted to use it as a tribute to my land. I am very proud to incorporate the scent of my soil to Hindi cinema through
, keeping its basic rhythm and essence intact."
Watch the original Rangabati:
Protiqe Mojoomdar, who wrote the lyrics for I Am Kalam, has penned down the new song for
. While the music is composed by Krishna Beura, Rekha Rao has lent her voice along with Beura for the song.
Watch: Radhika Apte, Kunal Kapoor in Rangabati
There is no mention of the original on the YouTube channel of Zee Music Company, which shared the song. However, the Facebook page of the movie posted hours before releasing the song that Radhika will perform on the Bollywood version of the "Sambalpuri inspired track #Rangabati". The page also shared the "original 70's Sambalpuri track on the post."
In the song's video, Radhika Apte is seen dressed as a tribal -- in both a saree and a white salwar -- playing holi. Every single frame in the song has an overdose of colours, the background, the dancers' dresses, et al.
Earlier, Bollywood singer Sona Mohapatra and her husband Ram Sampath were caught in a controversy when they sang a remixed version of the song for MTV Coke Studio.
Kaun Kitne Paani Mein is directed by I Am Kalam helmer Nila Madhab Panda and centres around the difficulties people in a village in Rajasthan face due to scarcity of water. The film features Kunal Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Saurabh Shukla and Gulshan Grover in important roles.