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Aamir's Satyamev Jayate in legal trouble

Agencies  New Delhi, May 07, 2012
First Published: 11:02 IST(7/5/2012) | Last Updated: 13:28 IST(7/5/2012)

Aamir Khan's TV debut has been appreciated by one and all, except one person. Singer Palash Sen of Euphoria band has alleged that the chorus of the show's 22-minute anthem, Satyamev Jayate, had been lifted from the band's decade-old song Satyamev Jayate from their second album Phir Dhoom, reports a daily.

The singer has sent a legal notice to the channel. "The trailers and the anthem of this show have been running on television for quite a while, but I had not seen the videos. When I heard it, I was shocked. In 2000, Euphoria released its second album Phir Dhoom, and one of its songs was named Satyameva Jayate. And the chorus of composer Ram Sampath's version of Satyamev Jayate is exactly the same as the chants in our song. They've basically used the same refrain. Jo baaki ka gaana hai, that has different words and tune. But the mainstay of the song - the chorus - is ours. Which is why I've sent a legal notice to them," Palash informed the daily.

"It was the first Indian non-film song that was composed on the thought and phrase of 'satyameva jayate'. We used to play that song extensively at our concerts about a decade ago. That song is not as popular as Maaeri (from the same album) because we did not make a video for it. But I believe that is the point - if one takes a 12-year-old song and picks up its chorus, most people won't know about it, barring a few passionate fans who instantly recalled it and called me up," he adds.

 


The singer adds that he didn't need money, but credit for his composition. "They could have asked me and I'd have agreed at one go. I wouldn't have asked for money. I would have just asked for a small credit to the band for the song," says Palash to the paper.

When contacted about Ram Sampath, composer of the anthem for Aamir's TV show said, "I don't have any idea about what you are saying. Nobody has said anything of this sort to me yet. So, I refuse to comment."


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