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Saif pays the price for using old songs in Agent Vinod

Agencies  New Delhi, April 02, 2012
First Published: 16:29 IST(2/4/2012) | Last Updated: 16:59 IST(2/4/2012)

Saif Ali Khan's Agent Vinod has hit the theatres, but the controversies continue to haunt the film. The producers of the film had to pay compensation for the old songs they used in the movie without permission, reports Mid Day.

Aasmaan Pe Hai Khuda from Ramesh Saigal's Phir Subah Hogi (1958), Meri Jaan Maine Kaha from Ramesh Behl's The Train and Rakamma from Mani Ratnam's Thalapathi (1991) are the songs that were used in the film without credit.

"Not acknowledging the creators and owners of the songs is disrespectful towards them. It's all about going the right way to do things. Besides, its about the business of making movies, not recovering royalties from the music used in the background," an industry source told the tabloid.

However, a spokesperson from the company that presented Agent Vinod informed the tabloid, "We sought the permission for Rasputin earlier on. So why wouldn't we take permissions for the other songs?"

Agent Vinod controversies
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Iranian band Barobax has alleged that Pritam lifted the Agent Vinod track, Pyaar Ki Pungi from the band’s song, Soosan Khanoom.

Saif Ali Khan in a still from Agent Vinod


- The film was banned in Pakistan due to ISI references.

- Saif Ali Khan's brawl with businessman Iqbal Meer Sharma was touted as a publicity stunt for Agent Vinod.

- Post the brawl, Saif Ali Khan was shown black flags in Bhopal while promoting Agent Vinod.

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