Modi biopic producer clears air on credit row involving Javed Akhtar

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The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has approached the Election Commission to seek a ban on the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi until the end of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, The Hindu reported on Thursday.

In a statement, MNS general secretary Shalini Thackeray said party chief Raj Thackeray had previous year stated that the BJP was sponsoring movies like "Toilet-Ek Prem Katha" and "Padman" to promote its government's schemes.

But while that is that, something unwarranted has popped up and we are not sure how we feel about it. Industry veteran and lyricist Javed Akhtar took to Twitter and reacted to a poster that had his name because-hear this-he has not written any songs for the film. The latest issue arose when Akhtar expressed shock after seeing his name under the "lyrics" section on the film's poster, reported India Today. They further claimed the MNS will stop the release of the film "in its own style". "Have not written any songs for it", the lyricist wrote on Twitter. In a tweet posted in Hindi, Sameer wrote, "Mujhe hairat hai apana naam pm narendra Modi film me dekh karr, Maine aisi kisi film me koi gaana nahi likha hai. But he could have called us", he said.

However, it is not clear if it was a mistake on the part of the makers of PM Narendra Modi biopic, or it is some other lyricist who has the same name as Javed Akhtar.

The movie's director Omung Kumar and makers Suresh Oberoi and Sandip Singh are yet to comment on the matter.

Apart from Vivek Oberoi, Boman Irani and Manoj Joshi, the film also stars Prashant Narayanan, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Sengupta, Anjan Shrivastav, Yatin Karyekar, Ramakant Dayma, Akshat R Saluja, Jimesh Patel and Darshan Kumaar in important roles.

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