Film-maker Rohan Sippy may claim to have received veteran actor Dev Anand’s "blessings" to remix the cult song, Dum Maro Dum, but Anand is feeling far from benevolent.
Reacting to news reports about Sippy’s film, titled Dum Maro Dum, which was to feature a remix of the hit song from Dev Anand’s film, Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1972), Anand says no one approached him for the rights to the song.
"Who said I have agreed to let him remake the song? No one has ever met me or informed me about this. I will never let anyone tamper with the song or distort it in any manner possible. It is a unique creation by RD Burman, Asha Bhosle and myself and I will do everything to stop them from doing this ... even if it means taking them to court," says the 87-year-old.
According to reports, a statement was issued by Sippy’s publicist, saying, "Dev Anand has finally given his blessings ... once he realised what Sippy wanted to do with his cult song."
However, Anand calls the whole matter a "cheap publicity stunt". "I was shocked to read about this in the papers. I have never met Rohan and all his claims are completely false," says Anand.
According to reports the remix was slated to be mixed by composer Pritam with actor Deepika Padukone signed up to sizzle in the video. Actor Abhishek Bachchan also stars in the film.