Punching corporates

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/09/2012

Some companies have strongly disapproved of a song from Prakash Jha’s film Chakravyuh, to be released soon. The song called 'Mahangai' takes a dig at big corporate houses like the Aditya Birla Group, Batas, Tatas and the Reliance group by saying that these groups have “exploited the nation for their own benefit and their engine runs on our blood”. The Aditya Birla Group said that they will “take up the matter with the concerned authority” while Jha justified the lyrics saying that his film is based on Naxal movements and are not intended to belittle anyone. The CBFC has asked him to run a disclaimer with the song's promo saying "the names used in the song are symbolic and do not intend to harm or disrespect any brand or individual". (ET)

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