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If the fees for movie directors are rocking, so are the charges for music composer. The Rs 1 crore-plus charge for a film is no longer rare, writes Joe Rajan.
By Joe Rajan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2008 08:19 PM IST

If the fees for movie directors are rocking, so are the charges for music composer. The Rs 1 crore-plus charge for a film is no longer rare.

But most film producers feel that the sky high prices are unjustified, given that the sale of music rights no longer fetch substantial prices in the market.

In addition, the music scenario has become extremely clouded with out-in-the-open conflicts between filmmakers and music companies.

Legal hassle
Recently, Ram Gopal Varma went to the police headquarters at Crawford Market to complain about alleged misdemeanours by T-series. The Bhatts, too, have had their problems with the label.

The highest-paid composer continues to be AR Rahman who also gets a share in the royalties of his music sales. The composer is known, however, to lower his market price for small-budget films if he likes their content.

Also, his fee in India is far lower than what he commands for his scores in the international market. Pritam has emerged as Bombay's top music composer from 2007 onwards and is believed to charge a crore a project, which includes the recording costs, playback singer's fees and miscellaneous expenses.

His stock has risen with a hat-trick of hits: Love in a Metro, Jab We Met and Bhool Bhulaiya.

Busy busy
The busiest composer in the market today, Pritam's stock has been on the rise particularly with Himesh Reshammiya's virtual retirement from the music making scene.

Reshammiya has stopped scoring music except for the films he acts in. Shudder. Among the other music composers who belong to the top league today areVishal and Shekhar and Ehsaan Shankar and Loy.

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