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Rs 25 lakh a track?

That’s what composers Vishal-Shekhar apparently are being paid for the title song of an upcoming daily.

music Updated: Mar 23, 2011 15:00 IST
Rachana Dubey

Composers Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani’s title track for Star Plus’ upcoming daily, Navya, co-produced by Siddharth Tewary’s Swastik Pictures, is being touted as one of the costliest title tracks composed for a Hindi daily soap in recent times.

Seems the duo are being paid Rs 25 lakh for the track that has lyrics by Anvita Dutt and has been sung by Shilpa Rao. Composers Pritam and Vishal Bhardwaj who scored the tracks for Hrithik Roshan’s TV debut, Just Dance, and the Star Parivaar Awards, along with the channel’s new anthem respectively, have apparently got much lesser amounts.

Pay day
Shekhar refuses to talk figures but says that this is the kind of money his partner and he charge for a corporate song or a commercial jingle. ” “It would be unprofessional of me to comment on the remuneration of other music directors but this is how much we usually charge since we don’t keep any rights with us,” says Shekhar.

“In this case, the channel can exploit the song any way it chooses to and for as many years as it pleases. So, we shouldn’t lose out either.”

It was reported earlier that the duo would be creating an album of five-six songs for the show, keeping its youth-centric story and contemporary setting in mind.

Will the deal now close with just one song? “For now we’ve only created one song that has a Khuda jaane… (Bachna Ae Haseeno) feel to it. As the show progresses, we’ll create other songs and put together an album that will be on the shelves sometime this year. And that’s a lot of work,” says Shekhar.

The composers have earlier judged a reality show on Star Plus that featured popular contestants from other singing reality shows competing with each other.

“With Navya, it’s a package deal since we have a good relationship with the channel. When they approached us, although we were busy with several projects, including a few movies, we agreed to give them some peppy, young tunes,” says Shekhar. “This is a more interactive way of packaging a show.”