Prakash Jha on Saturday announced that he has produced a song Ek muthi asman to spread awareness about National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). He says the aim of the song is to reinstate people’s belief that ‘justice is for all’ in the Indian judiciary.
The song, created by Prakash Jha Productions, with lyrics “Ek muthi asman par haq humara bhi toh hai…Apne is Hindustan par haq hamara bhi toh hai”, has been extensively shot in more than 20 states across India, including Kashmir, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka, West Bengal and Jharkhand. The song was formally announced on Saturday here, and will be out on October 7.
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Jha credits Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur for coming up with the idea of the song. “The idea was by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur who spoke to me about it. Even I didn’t know that such a provision exists where a poor or underprivileged person can approach not only the taluka (an administrative division of a city), but district taluka, High Court and Supreme Court,” Jha told IANS over phone.
With lyrics by Manoj Muntashir and music by Salim-Sulaiman, the essence of the song lies in the visuals of the real people in the heartland of India – the working class, the women, the children and labourers, read a statement issued on behalf of Jha’s banner.
Sung by Sonu Nigam, the song will be followed by 15 real life short stories and a 30-minute documentary, showing how NALSA has played a pivotal role in providing justice to the weaker sections. It will be launched on November 9.
NALSA has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act in 1987 to provide free legal services to the weaker sections of the society.
Jha, who impressed audiences with his action-packed avatar in “Jai Gangaajal”, also said that the positivity around the song motivated him to go ahead.
He said: “When I took up this and started shooting for it, the idea was to create a song for awareness. It was to tell people who have lost faith that you can get justice… And little positivity and talk of justice brought tears into their eyes which inspired me.”
He added that the song will make its way to the theatres across India post its release, and will go live on internet. The filmmaker is also depending on the media for spreading the word.