Seventy-fouryear-old Akhtar, a vociferous critic of Modi and the BJP, tweeted a grab of the trailer of the movie PM Narendra Modi, which credits him for the lyrics and posted: "Am shocked to find my name on the poster of this film".
Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi starrer biographical drama, based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi which is set for a national release on April 5, has landed into a controversy as the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has opposed the release of the film. In a tweet in Hindi, the lyricist wrote he was "amazed" to see his name figure as one of the movie's lyricists. "Have not written any songs for it", the lyricist wrote on Twitter. Among the film's producers are Vivek's father Suresh Oberoi, Anand Pandit and Acharya Manish.
"We have taken the songs "Ishwar Allah" from the film "1947:Earth" and the song "Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walon" from the film "Dus" in our film, thus we have given the due credits to respective lyricists Javed Sahab and Sameer Ji", he tweeted.
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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.
When asked about the use of Sameer's lyrics, Singh said, "We have used Sameer saab's song for the film".
"Several people who I spoke to didn't know what led to this fiasco".
The post elicited many different reactions on Twitter, with some voicing their support for the poet-lyricist and saying he should file for defamation against the filmmakers, while others suggested that the credited lyricist could be a different Javed Akhtar.