The Ek Do Teen rendition in Baaghi 2has opened itself to not so graceful comments after its release on YouTube this week. Viewers squirmed at Jacqueline Fernandez frolicking to the song which has a Bollywood classic status for its bubbly dance number by Madhuri Dixit. While social media was fast to express their anguish, now the same sentiment has been repeated by the song’s original creator N Chandra, director of Tezaab, the film where the song first featured.
“I met Sarojji at Sridevi’s prayer meeting. It was there that Sarojji marched up to me to tell me about it. Can you imagine how much it had upset her that she needed to vent at such a solemn occasion? Anyway she came to me and said, ‘Have you seen what they’re doing to our Ek Do Teen number?’ I had no clue. Sarojji told me that the makers of Baaghi 2 were doing a new version of Ek Do Teen. She said she will take legal action against it,” the director told The Quint during an interview.
Unable to contain his anger against the sexualization of the song, the director has blurted it out in words. “I can’t believe they’ve done this to Ek Do Teen. It’s crass beyond imagination. And Jacqueline Fernandez doing Madhuri Dixit’s number? Give me a break! It’s like turning the Central Park into a botanical garden. Madhuri danced with such grace and innocence. This number is like a sex act,” he added.
“Sarojji and I are definitely taking action. Amitji has rightly spoken about archaic copyright laws which allow such liberties to be taken. Can you imagine, Mr Bachchan would have no rights over his father’s writings! What kind of laws allow people to do such things? We must be allowed to exercise some control over what we create,” he concluded.
While it is not yet known what legal steps can be taken or if Ek Do Teen choreographer will join the director, it can be safe to say that the rendition has angered several souls.