Originally penned by Kazi Nazrul Islam, Karar Oi Louho Kopat is known to be one of the strongest protest songs in Bengal.
Just before the release of Ishaan Khatter, Mrunal Thakur and Priyanshu Painyuli’s Pippa, its song Karar Oi Louho Kopat started making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Netizens all across the country took to social media to voice against AR Rahman’s version of the protest song that is used in the war film..
Originally penned by Kazi Nazrul Islam, Karar Oi Louho Kopat is known to be one of the strongest protest songs in Bengal. It is said to be one of the favourite songs of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Over the years, multiple musicians rendered their version keeping the soul of the song intact. Recently, a version by Iman Chakraborty, Timir Biswas, Shovan Ganguly, and others recorded millions of views. However, netizens alleged that the version used in Pippa has changed the essence of the song.
One netizen commented, “I am not against remixes. But this is destruction.” Another one said that the flavour of protest is gone from the song. “There are tools to understand the meaning of a song. AR Rahman is great but he should have used something of that sort,” they said.
Pippa, the Prime Video film, is a biopic in which Ishaan plays Balram Singh Mehta. The film is based on his book The Burning Chaffees