The more famous you get, the more controversy it brings. This fact comes true with Oscar favorite Slumdog Millionaire, which finds itself in the new controversy. And this time its related to credit given to a song.
The song in question is ‘Darshan Do Ghanshyam Nath Mori’ sung by a blind beggar in the film is credited to 15th century poet Surdas on the show, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. But, according to N S Nepali, the son of late poet-lyricist Gopal Singh Nepali, the original song was written by his father for the 1957 film Narsi Bhagat. Nepali further adds “My father didn’t go to temples. Though he may have been inspired by spiritual writings of several poets and writers, this song is definitely an original piece of work,”.
Nepali came to know about the song when we went to the theatre to watch the movie. In the movie and during the “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” show, Anil asks question about this song and gives four options – Surdas, Tulsidas, Mirabai or Kabir and there was no mention of Gopal Singh Nepali.
Nepali further adds that Surdas has written the song ‘Ankhiya hari darshan ko pyasi’, which sound similar to ‘Darshan Do Ghanshyam Nath Mori’, but the later is written by his father for the movie Narsi Bhagat.
Nepali has also emailed Vikas Swarup, the author of Q&A, the novel on which Slumdog Millionaire is based, but he says he has not received any response from the London-based author.