Singer-composer Abhishek Ray is not game for controversies over the credit of his title track for Yeh Saali Zindagi (YSZ) being ‘hijacked’ by Ustad Nishat Khan and says all he wants is a fair deal. “I am only saying that I’ve contributed one major song in the film. I don’t need controversies to prove my worth and credibility. I only have problems with the fact that Nishat Khan has gone on record calling me a liar and has been quoting that all the tracks are composed by him,” says a miffed Ray.
“I cannot be called a liar, be defamed and disgraced for something I’ve rightfully done. Since I don't have opening credits in the film, no one knows it is my song. That is disheartening for an artiste,” he adds. So is he planning to sue the makers? “No. I will never do that. I work for credit and nothing else,” asserts the composer.
Ray was roped in for YSZ after it was made, courtesy the need for a song that could encapsulate the film’s spirit. The stand-alone number has been composed, sung and engineered by him at his studio. Ray’s upcoming projects include Paan Singh Tomar, Shagird, Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster and Tera Kya Hoga Johnny.