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Breaking the unbreakable

The Delhi HC has put brakes on Bollywood film Aryan on controversy regarding credits, writes Malvika Nanda.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 16:30 IST

What could sound as sweet victory for ex-Viva singer Neha Bhasin, can be a path breaking judgement in the entire Indian music industry, which is plagued by controversies related to credits and plagiarism.

In a recent Delhi High Court judgement, the court has issued a stay order on the release of Bollywood flick Aryan - The Unbreakable, after it was found that Neha wasn’t given her due credit for the current chart-topping number Ek look ek look.

Not only this, the court has restrained moviemakers from promoting the movie or its music in any manner without dis playing her name as lead female singer. “I believed in justice and I got it,” says Neha.

Neha had sung the lead vocal of the song for the movie. However, when the music CD was released she was stunned to see that producer Poonam Khubani’s name was credited as the lead singer for the same song. Neha’s name figured as a back-up singer for the song, while actually it was vice-versa.

Tired of the treatment meted out to freshers by the music industry, Neha took it upon herself to fight for due credit.

According to her, “I went to record a song with the music director and I was told I’d be paid according to the success of the song in the market.

When the album was released I went and bought the CD and was shocked to see that my name had been reduced to that of a back-up vocalist. That’s when I decided to take a legal action against them.”

After this victory over credits, Neha still feels she cannot ask music directors to sign a contract in future.

“Although I will make sure that I am upfront about credits and payments but I still can’t ask for a contact. I am relatively new to the industry and when the biggest of the artists are still crying for credits but not insisting on contracts I can’t risk it.

That’s how the industry works, it’s said that you are not even supposed to ask about the money; it happens in due course.”