Sameer Anjaan is peeved by the trend of recreations in the Bollywood industry. He believes that the original lyricists and composers are never given the credit they deserve in the new versions and hence such illegitimate cases should be definitely dragged to the court.
Sameer Anjaan has been a lyricist from the past thirty years and is well renowned for penning lyrics of films such as “Raja Hindustani”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. The talented lyricist has spoken to the veteran lyricist and the chairman of the Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS), Javed Akhtar Ji regarding the unfair practices taking place without any consent.
He believes that whatever happening is not right. Let’s just consider the fact that whenever rights are given to music labels it is assumed that they will be used for the film concerned only, whereas it is being used for other projects too, which is morally wrong. Sameer stated that he along with Javed Akhtar would be going to the court to sue the ones who recreate music because unless a legitimate stop is not obliged, the industry won’t just stop.
Sameer lost his patience when his song “Dilbar Dilbar” was recreated for the movie Batla House in 2019. He feels that replying to someone’s talent is not fair to the artists who have originally taken efforts and spent sleepless nights. He said that he is not willing to accept this trend and felt agitated when for the first time he saw the name of other artists on the credit plate.
The credit of the song was given to Shabbir Ahmed who in reality penned down only two lines at the starting of the recreated song. If such practices continue for a longer period of time, the coming generations will not know who the lyricist of the original words is. The credit plate is framed in a manner that it is impossible for the youngsters to know who actually penned the song.
It is also observed that the lyricist part of the new recreated project takes the credit on stage as well as award ceremonies and this is not fair according to work ethics. This controversy is coming from the fact that a new song from the film ‘Masakali 2.0’ was released which is a remake of the original song of the film ‘Delhi 6’.
The recreated version of the novel song by true means did not receive applauds but rather a criticism. The makers of the original song also took to their social media accounts to express their disappointment regarding the same.
I thought fairly, the music labels do not even engage in practices of buying rights and royalty for the original creators before they can actually use it in their films. When even a single penny is not spent and so much of recognition is achieved, how is it fair for the original composers, musicians, and lyricists?
A new rule should be made regarding seeking permission before launching such projects. Furthermore, the problem faced by the lyricist is that once that the new version of the song is released the original song loses its essence. For the record, Javed Akhtar’s song called ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ was recreated and the credit board did not even mention his name.
The sad part is the new lyricist does not even understand the raw emotions with which the original lyricist penned down his thoughts. The new person related to the novel project just ends up writing a few lines to add their touch which does not even go with the original thought of the song.