Posted: 23 December 2010 at 4:12pm | IP Logged
'Akhtar has divided the industry'Vickey Lalwani, MUMBAI MIRROR, Dec 24, 2010, 12.00am IST
The government is amending its copyright laws to protect singers and lyricists. Bollywood is responding to this with a strike on Jan 6.
It's a shrill climax to an old story, starring the poor writer with rubber chappals and the producer in his Mercedes. Now the writer wants his due for that chartbuster that earned the producer his Mercedes in the first place.
Earlier this month, the Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by Oscar Fernandes, presented its Copyright Amendment Report.
Buzz is that the Bill will be passed early next year. But producers are very upset with this new Copyright Act, because it will give composers and lyricists a share over income earned on their work.
Producers are loath to any such provisions. Producers have called for a strike on 6 January 2011. "No film unit will shoot anything, come what may," says a source.
Confirming this, senior producer Pahlaj Nihalani
said, "Yes, there will be a strike on 6 January. Producers khatam ho chuke hain. We are giving the composers sufficient money. Out of 100 films only the music of around 10 sells. Why should every music-related person in every film become a shareholder?"
Nihalani said that lyricist Javed Akhtar
has been chiefly responsible in getting the Bill passed against the producers. "I fail to understand why the government is siding with Akhtar. This government is anti-film industry to begin with. And Akhtar has divided the industry," said Nihalani. Rakesh Roshan
, who is also actively involved in spearheading the producers' campaign against this copyright amendment (and who incidentally had also once coughed up Rs 2 crore to Ram Sampath for plagiarising his music, as per a Bombay High Court order) refused to comment.
Javed Akhtar said, "Yes, I am aware that the producers have called for a strike on January 6. But it's a strange situation. Why a token strike? They should go for a lockout. They are the owners, we are just the workers," he said sarcastically.
Continued Akhtar, "Everybody can express his happiness or unhappiness in some way or the other. I think there are still other ways to get their point across, they should talk to the concerned bureaucrats. But then, to my best knowledge, I think they have already done that.
And if their point of view has not been accepted, then I think they should review their point of view. You know what, I think that most producers are missing the point."
Added Akhtar, "We are expecting the bill to be passed in February. What we have asked for is completely ethical and justified."
When contacted, lyricist Sameer told Mumbai Mirror, "The bill is in our favour. Sirf thapa lagna baki hai. I am surprised that producers are sill so hung up on their stand.
The copyright rule which they're opposing, which will hopefully come into force, exists all over the world. Why are our producers so against it?" Paying up is not music to anyone's ears. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Akhtar-has-divided-the-industry/articleshow/7149157.cms#ixzz18ymKtUrV